Ruthie Henshall Stars in U.K. Concert Staging of Guys and Dolls, Beginning Aug. 22
22 Aug 2012
Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall plays Miss Adelaide in a concert staging of Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls that begins Aug. 22.
Guys and Dolls in Concert, which features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, plays Cadogan Hall in the U.K. through Aug. 25.
The cast also includes Dennis Waterman as the Narrator, Anna-Jane Casey as Sarah Brown, Graham Bickley as Nathan Detroit, Lance Ellington as Sky Masterson, Gavin Spokes as Nicely Nicely Johnson, Dan Looney as Benny Southstreet and James Darch as Rusty Charlie.
Russell Labey directs with musical direction by Richard Balcombe.
The 1950 show has a score by Frank Loesser (expect "Luck Be a Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck," "I've Never Been in Love Before" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat") and libretto by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, borrowing from the stories of Damon Runyon.
Henshall, who is best known for her appearances in musicals on both sides of the Atlantic, was recently seen in the West End in the revival of Blithe Spirit as well as in the title role of the musical Marguerite at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. She has been nominated for the Olivier Award four times, and won the Best Actress in a Musical Award in 1995 for her performance in the London transfer of She Loves Me. She has also originated the role of Roxie Hart in the current production of Chicago, starring opposite Ute Lemper, and has subsequently also appeared in the show on Broadway as both Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. She has also appeared on Broadway in the Sondheim revue Putting It Together in 1999, and as a take-over Ellen in Miss Saigon. Other West End roles include Peggy Sue Got Married and Nancy in Oliver! In the U.S., she has appeared in the TV series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Mysteries of 71st Street" and "Law and Order."