Van Outen Goes Solo in Tell Me on a Sunday TonightDate: 15 April 2003
Denise Van Outen opens tonight (15 April 2003, following previews from 4 April) in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Blackís new, specially expanded version of Tell Me on a Sunday. The one-woman musical has a limited 12-week season at the West Endís Gielgud Theatre.
Originally written as a shorter song cycle for Marti Webb in 1979, the one-act Tell Me on a Sunday was combined with a second-act dance piece in 1981 to form Song and Dance, which played for two years at the West End's Palace Theatre. That show was subsequently seen on Broadway, starring Bernadette Peters, and revived in 1990 at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre.
The story centres around an English girl who moves to New York and has various relationships with American men. Lloyd Webber and Black have reworked the new Van Outen-led production, with additional contributions from comedian Jackie Clune. Van Outen has also recorded an album of the show, which will be released this spring by Polydor/Really Useful Records.
Formerly best known as the presenter of such television programmes as The Big Breakfast and Something for the Weekend, Van Outen wowed critics when she returned to the stage in April 2001 to play murderess Roxie Hart in the West End production of Kander and Ebb musical Chicago. Last year, she reprised the role in her Broadway debut before returning for a limited West End stint.
- by Terri Paddock