Finn Revue Make Me a Song Gets Fresh London Staging, With Ruffelle

News   Finn Revue Make Me a Song Gets Fresh London Staging, With Ruffelle
Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle will be among the stars of the London premiere of Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn, which is scheduled to launch March 3 at the Off West End Players Theatre.
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The project, boasting songs by the composer of Falsettos, A New Brain and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, had a popular run at TheaterWorks in Hartford, CT, followed by a fall 2007 production Off-Broadway. The London staging will include some content changes. Rob Ruggiero conceived the revue but is not directing the London bow. A fifth actor has been added to the cast for the new version. Andrew McBean will direct a company that includes Les Miserables veteran Ruffelle (Broadway and London's Eponine of Les Miz), Louise Dearman (Sarah Brown of the West End's recent Guys and Dolls), Gareth Snook (of the Donmar's Company and Assassins), Simon Thomas (who'll appear in the West End's Marguerite in May) and Ian H. Watkins (of the pop group Steps). Matt Brind is musical director. Ben M. Rogers will design.

Opening is March 6 for a limited run to April 6.

The London producers are Junkyard Dog Productions, Demos Bizar Entertainment and Surefire Theatrical in association with Larry Hirschhorn, Remmel T. Dickinson, Jayson Raitt and Mariano Tolentino, Jr.

Make Me a Song's Off-Broadway lead producers Randy Adams and Sue Frost of Junkyard Dog Productions continue to be in discussions with U.S. theatres about a widfer life for the show. Music Theater International (MTI) will handle the eventual licensing life of the property. Ghostlight Records will release Make Me a Song's live Off-Broadway cast album in March.

The Off-Broadway troupe included Sany Binion, D.B. Bonds, Adam Heller and Sally Wilfert and pianist Darren R. Cohen.

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