Fisher to Return to London Stage in Chocolate Factory's They're Playing Our Song

News   Fisher to Return to London Stage in Chocolate Factory's They're Playing Our Song
Connie Fisher – chosen by the public in the BBC1 reality TV series "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" to play the lead role in the original cast of the London revival of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium in 2006 – has found her latest stage role.

Fisher will appear in a new production of the 1979 Broadway musical They're Playing Our Song. It will begin performances at the Menier Chocolate Factory July 25 prior to an official opening on Aug. 4 for a run to Sept. 28 only.

She will co-star with Alistair McGowan, who took over the role of the dentist Orin in the Menier's production of Little Shop of Horrors last year when that show transferred to the West End, and who has just ended a run as the Emcee in the final West End cast of Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre.

Fisher and McGowan will play the roles of Sonia Walsk and Vernon Gersh, respectively, in the musical that features music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and a book by Neil Simon, and is a semi-autobiographical story based on the real-life relationship between Hamlisch and Sager. The musical was last seen in London when the original Broadway production was re-created at the Shaftesbury Theatre in October 1980, starring Gemma Craven and Tom Conti.

The Menier Chocolate Factory, whose West End transfers include Fully Committed (which moved to the Arts), Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York's, then New Ambassadors) and Sunday in the Park with George (Wyndham's, then New York's Studio 54), is the producer, and the production will be directed by Fiona Laird (who has also staged the current Menier revival of Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit, running to July 20.)

Public booking opens on June 22. To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7907 7060 or visit

Connie Fisher and Alistair McGowan
Connie Fisher and Alistair McGowan Photo by Dan Wooler
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