Big Life's West End Reincarnation???
Date: 10 September 2004
Plans are continuing apace to revive The Big Life for a West End season. Philip Hedley – who steps down this month as artistic director of Stratford East (See Today’s News), where the ska musical resetting Love's Labour's Lost to 1950s London and a group of Caribbean immigrants, premiered this past April – will act as co-producer for the transfer, which is being backed by the Ambassador Theatre Group. No venue (ATG’s Trafalgar Studios?) has yet been confirmed, but a show spokesperson told Whatsonstage.com that "it's not a case of if, but when", with late 2004 or early 2005 likely. When it does happen, The Big Life would be the West End’s first black British musical. While Stratford East took Five Guys Named Moe to the West End in 1992 for a successful run, that show was based on the music of American Louis Jordan. The Big Life has an original score by Paul Joseph, lead singer of British reggae band Nazarites (See News, 8 Apr 2004).
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