Lost Musicals Season in London to Feature Forgotten Shows by Noel Coward, Bob Merrill and Cole Porter

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London's Lost Musicals series, precursor to New York's Encores!, returns to Sadler's Wells' Lilian Baylis Theatre for its 24th season in July, with forgotten shows featuring scores by Noel Coward, Bob Merrill and Cole Porter.

Since the project was launched in 1989, its founder, producer and director Ian Marshall Fisher, has presented some 75 shows under its banner.

The season opens with Noël Coward's Words and Music, which premiered at the Adelphi Theatre in London in 1932 and was adapted and retitled Set to Music for its Broadway premiere in 1939 at the Music Box. It will be presented July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4 with a cast of ten including Vivienne Martin and Issy van Randwyck. Ian Townsend will be the musical director.

It will be followed by Bob Merrill's Holly Golightly, with a book by Abe Burrows based on Truman Capote's novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's," revolving around a writer, possibly Capote himself, who is fascinated by Holly Golightly, his eccentric neighbor. It will be presented Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29. The show previewed on Broadway in 1966 but never opened. Fisher researched this work at Washington, DC’s Library of Congress, where the material had been untouched and stored since 1966.  

The season concludes with Cole Porter's Around the World, with a book by Orson Welles based on Jules Verne's  "Around the World in Eighty Days." It will be presented Oct. 20, Nov. 3, 10 and 9. Originally premiered on Broadway in 1946, it will also be seen in New York in December 2013 as a charity fund-raising event.

Prior to each performance there is an appraisal of its history. This year some of the guest speakers will be Mrs. Bob Merrill, James Burrows (son of Abe Burrows and director of such TV shows as "Cheers" and "Mary Tyler Moore Show") and Ian Marshall Fisher. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4300, or visit http://www.lostmusicals.org for more details.

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