Ruthie Henshall, Maria Friedman and Kim Criswell to Play Cadogan Hall

By Andrew Gans
19 Jun 2009

Maria Friedman
Maria Friedman
Photo by Alistair Muir

Olivier Award winners Maria Friedman and Ruthie Henshall and acclaimed singing actress Kim Criswell will all play London's Cadogan Hall this summer.

Friedman, who made her Broadway debut in The Woman in White, will join Mary Carewe for five performances of Sing for Your Supper, a tribute to the songs of Rodgers and Hart, Aug. 5-8 at 7:30 PM and Aug. 9 at 7 PM. Concertgoers can expect such tunes as "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "My Funny Valentine," "Manhattan," "Blue Moon" and "Have You Met Miss Jones," among others.

Henshall, who was most recently on the West End stage in the short-lived Marguerite, will be backed by Barry Forgie and the BBC Big Band for two evenings titled From Broadway to Hollywood. The Aug. 14-15 concerts at 7:30 PM concert will include Henshall's renditions of "I Only Have Eyes for You," "You Made Me Love You," "Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," "The Man I Love," "Don't Rain On My Parade," "Love Is Here to Stay" and "Folks Who Live on the Hill."

Criswell will team with Graham Bickley for three performances of Bernstein on Broadway. The Aug. 20-22 concerts at 7:30 PM will include songs from West Side Story, On the Town, Candide and Wonderful Town. In the fall, Cadogan Hall will offer A Sentimental Journey with Kim Criswell Oct. 9 at 7:30 PM. That concert, featuring Barry Forgie and The BBC Big Band, will include such tunes as "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," "Every Time We Say Goodbye," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," "We'll Meet Again," "I'll Be Seeing You," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "I Know Why," "White Cliffs of Dover," and "Sentimental Journey."

Maria Friedman won Olivier Awards for her roles in Passion, Ragtime and the earlier version of her concert show, By Special Arrangement. Other leading roles include appearances in the West End in Chicago, Blues in the Night and The Woman in White (subsequently re-creating her performance at Broadway's Marquis Theatre), as well as Lady in the Dark and Sunday in the Park with George, both at the National Theatre.



Ruthie Henshall was last seen in the West End in the title role of the Michel Legrand/Boublil and Schonberg musical Marguerite at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Other West End credits include the original London casts of the import of Broadway's Crazy for You (Prince Edward Theatre, 1993), She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre, 1994, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Chicago (playing Roxie Hart at the Adelphi, 1997). She also starred in the British premiere of Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury Theatre, 2001) and took over leading roles in Miss Saigon, Les MisÚrables, Oliver! and The Woman in White. Henshall has been seen on Broadway in Miss Saigon, Chicago (playing Velma Kelly) and Putting It Together.

Kim Criswell has appeared on Broadway in Nine, Baby, The First, Stardust and The Threepenny Opera. She received an Olivier nomination for her work in the West End production of Annie Get Your Gun, and her other London credits include Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens; Dames at Sea; and The Slow Drag. Criswell received a Helen Hayes Award for Side by Side by Sondheim at the Olney Theatre, and her solo recordings include "Something to Dance About: The Music of Irving Berlin" and "Back to Before."

Cadogan Hall is located at 5 Sloane Terrace in London. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.cadoganhall.com.