Gershwin One & Only Closes at Piccadilly, 3 AugDate: 22 July 2002
The Chichester Festival production of My One and Only, starring Janie Dee and Tim Flavin, has posted early closing notices at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre. The Gershwin musical, which opened in London on 25 February 2002 (previews from 9 February), had been booking up to 11 January 2003. It will now finish on 3 August 2002, five months earlier than planned, after a West End run of six months.
Dee was already lined up to open this year's Divas at the Donmar, presenting a week-long run of cabaret performances from 5 to 10 August. With the Donmar engagement announced in May, Dee's absence from My One and Only was only meant to be a temporary holiday.
Previously a hit on Broadway, My One and Only received its UK debut last summer in Chichester. The musical is based on the original 1927 Broadway show Funny Face and features an array of song and dance pieces that were written and choreographed for Fred and Adele Astaire. The story concerns a daredevil aviator who attempts to become the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Dee and Flavin previously starred together in Cole Porter Gay Divorce as part of the 2000 Lost Musicals season. Dee's previous West End credits include Alan Ayckbourn's Comic Potential, for which she won the Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Laurence Olivier Best Actress awards for her portrayal of an android. She has also won an Olivier - this won for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical - for the National's acclaimed production of Carousel. Flavin's other stage credits include On Your Toes and Crazy for You.
- by Terri Paddock