With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, a book by Ken Ludwig, and inspired by material by Guy Bolton and John McGowan, it will be conducted and choreographed by Susan Stroman on the Main House Stage from July 11 through July 4. september.
The complete company is: Charlie Stemp (Bobby Child), Carly Anderson (Polly Baker), Marc Akinfolarin (Moose), Lila Anderson (Vera), Merryl Ansah (Irene Roth), Simon Anthony (Sam), Craig Bartley (Mingo), Jason Battersby (Junior), Evonnee Bentley-Holder (Sheila), Imogen Bowtell (Elaine), Kyle Cox (Wyatt), Mathew Craig (Lank Hawkins), Bethan Downing (swing), Jacqui Dubois (Patricia Fodor), Nicholas Duncan (Jimmy ), Tom Edden (Bela Zangler), Nathan Elwick (Custus), Don Gallagher (Everett Baker), Adrian Grove (Eugene Fodor), Laura Hills (Mitzi), Ryan Jupp (swing), Matthew Malthouse (Pete), Nell Martin ( swing/dance captain), Joshua Nkemdilim (Billy), Kate Parr (Patsy), Sadie-Jean Shirley (Tess), Gay Soper (Lottie Child), Bradley Trevethan (swing), Ella Valentine (Margie) and Tara Yasmin (Louise ) .
A theater freak, Bobby Child is torn between his dreams of show business and his wealthy, demanding New York fiancée and his wealthy, demanding New York mother who want him to run the family bank. At his mother’s insistence, he reluctantly heads west to the former mining town of Deadrock, Nevada, to grab a mortgage. There he discovers that the mortgage in question is for a dilapidated Victorian theater and that the owner’s daughter, Polly, is the girl of his dreams. Desperate to prove his good faith and win her love, Bobby has the idea of putting on a show – with glamorous dancers from the New York Follies – to save the theater and renew the city…
This brand new production, which celebrates the work’s 30th anniversary, is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, who is making her Chichester Festival Theater debut. She is the winner of five Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards. She directed and choreographed The Producers, winner of a record 12 Tony Awards in New York, including Best Direction and Best Choreography. She co-created, directed and choreographed the musical Contact at the Lincoln Center Theater; and directed and choreographed The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway and in the West End, where it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. His many other Broadway and West End credits include Oklahoma!, Show Boat, Bullets Over Broadway and Young Frankenstein; The Merry Widow for the Metropolitan Opera; and Double Feature and For The Love of Duke for New York City Ballet.
Charlie Stemp plays Bobby, returning to Chichester where he played Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence in 2016.