John Kander and Fred Ebb's Steel Pier to Be Staged at London's Union Theatre
By Mark Shenton
John Kander and Fred Ebb's short-lived 1997 Broadway musical Steel Pier is to receive its European professional premiere, beginning performances at London's Union Theatre Oct. 31 prior to an official opening Nov. 6, for a run through Nov. 24.
Directed by Paul Taylor-Mills and choreographed by Richard Jones, who previously collaborated on The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (also at the Union) and Rent at Greenwich Theatre, it stars Sarah Galbraith, who has been seen in the Las Vegas and Broadway productions of The Phantom of the Opera and as Ariel in The Little Mermaid on the U.S. national tour.
Also in the cast are Jay Rincon, Aimie Atkinson, Ian Knauer, Ian Kirton, Samuel Parker, Clare Louise Connolly, Brett Shiels, Amy Anzel, Rob Lines, Lisa-Anne Wood, Ben Beard, Louise Roberts, Natalie Douglas, Eithne Bryan, Connor Macnamara, Sheila Grant, Simon Mayhew and Rebecca Orwell.
The show is set in early 1930s Atlantic City. According to press materials, it tells the story of a dancer, Rita Racine (Galbraith), and her quest to finally leave the dance marathon circuit of which she has been trapped for so long. It has a story based loosely on the film "They Shoot Horses Don't They?"
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7261 9876 or visit www.uniontheatre.biz for more details. www.ticketsource.co.uk/uniontheatre.
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