11.30.2007

London Production of DSS is cancelled!

Desperately Seeking Susan Musical Closes in London December 15




By: Terri Paddock · Nov 30, 2007

· London


A scene from <i>Desperately<br> Seeking Susan</i>
A scene from Desperately

Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan,
the new musical based on the 1985 MGM film of the same name set to the
greatest hits of Blondie, has posted closing notices at the West End's
Novello Theatre. The show's last performance will be on December 15,
just one month to the day after its high-profile opening night on
November 15 (with previews from October 16). It had been booking
through April 19, 2008.


The screen-to-stage adaptation is the second musical in a row to
shutter prematurely at the Novello. The Broadway transfer of the
five-time Tony Award-winning The Drowsy Chaperone closed there in August just two months after its West End premiere.


A statement released today said: "The producers wish to thank the
talented cast, creative team and company for all their hard work and
dedication to this production. Despite fantastic performances and
enthusiastic audiences, the ticket sales have not been sufficient, and
the producers have had to make the difficult decision to close the
show."


Set in 1979, Desperately Seeking Susan centers on
bored New Jersey housewife Roberta Glass who spots a personal ad
entitled "Desperately Seeking Susan" and heads off to Manhattan in
search of the exciting Susan herself. Things get complicated when,
after buying Susan's jacket, Roberta is knocked unconscious. Awaking
with amnesia, she assumes she is Susan, who is also being desperately
sought by the mob.


Amongst the Blondie hits included in the stage version, conceived and
written by American Peter Michael Marino, are "Hanging on the
Telephone," "The Tide Is High," "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," "Rapture,"
and "One Way or Another." Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein also
penned a new ballad, "Moment of Truth," especially for the show.


Emma Williams and Kelly Price star as Susan and Roberta, the roles
created on screen by Madonna and Rosanna Arquette. The cast also
features Leanne Best (Leslie), Mark McGee (Jay), Alec Newman (Dez) and
Jonathan Wrather (Gary). The musical is directed by Angus Jackson and
designed by Tim Hatley, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and choreography
by Andy Blankenbuehler.


For more information, visit www.whatsonstage.com.

they should have known better than to put DEBBIE HARRY's music in a show!





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