Follies' Alex Young Will Star in London Revival of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle | Playbill

London News Follies' Alex Young Will Star in London Revival of Stephen Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle
 

Southwark Playhouse will present the musical, a political satire, this spring.

Alex Young

Alex Young, who played Young Sally in the National Theatre production of Follies, will head the cast of another Stephen Sondheim musical when she stars as Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper in the Southwark Playhouse's spring production of Anyone Can Whistle.

Matthew Rankcom will direct Arthur Laurents and Sondheim’s 1964 musical, which will play the London venue April 1-May 7. Additional casting will be announced.

The production will have musical direction by Natalie Pound, choreography by Lisa Stevens, orchestrations by Charlie Ingles, original orchestrations by Don Walker, set and costume design by Cory Shipp, lighting design by Alex Musgrave, and assistant direction by Alex Conder.

With a score by Sondheim and a book by Laurents, Anyone Can Whistle opened at the Majestic Theatre April 4, 1964, with a cast led by multi-Tony winner Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick, Harry Guardino, Gabriel Dell, Arnold Soboloff, James Frawley, Peg Murray, Don Doherty, Sterling Clark, Harvey Evans, Larry Roquemore, and Tucker Smith. Although the political satire played but 21 performances, the Sondheim score contained several exceptional songs, including “Me and My Town,” “There Won’t Be Trumpets,” “Anyone Can Whistle,” “Everybody Says Don’t,” and “With So Little to Be Sure Of.”

Vanessa Williams will star in a concert presentation of Anyone Can Whistle March 10 at Carnegie Hall.

The Grey Area and Liam McIntosh Entertainment produce.

First Look at Follies, Starring Imelda Staunton, at the National Theatre

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