Flavin Directs Birmingham's Me & My Girl, 14 DecDate: 6 December 2001
Musical star Tim Flavin - who is returning to the West End in February 2002 with co-star Janie Dee in the Chichester Festival production of My One and Only - dons his director and choreographer's hats this month in Birmingham. His new production of Me and My Girl opens at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre from 14 December 2001 to 19 January 2002.
First produced in 1937, Me and My Girl tells the story of Cockney costermonger Bill Snibson who is revealed, to the horror of the aristocracy, as the new Earl of Hareford. His newly discovered relations' attempts to educate him in the ways of the gentry fuel the humour and songs, which include "The Sun Has Got His Hat On", "Leaning on a Lamp Post" and "Lambeth Walk".
Me and My Girl has book and lyrics by Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber and music by Noel Gay. The musical comedy was last seen in the West End in the 1980s when, rewritten by Stephen Fry, it enjoyed a seven-year run at the Adelphi Theatre. The new Birmingham production stars Hal Fowler, Louise English, Gerald Harper and Joan Savage in a 30-strong cast.
Tim Flavin is best known for his performing credits which include: in the West End, On Your Toes (for which he won an Olivier), Crazy for You, Kiss Me, Kate and Side by Side by Sondheim; and on Broadway, Happy New Year, Zorba, The Pirates of Penzance and The Most Happy Fella. As a director/choreographer, Flavin's credits also take in productions of Follies, Great Balls of Fire, The Gay Divorce, Stepping Out, Cabaret and Little Shop of Horrors.
The Alexandra Theatre is holding open auditions for local performers to complete the Me and My Girl ensemble. Six females and six males, aged 20 to 60, will be recruited for a rotating performance schedule. Auditions take place on Monday, 10 December 2001.
Me and My Girl is produced by Charles Vance.
- by Terri Paddock