Tonight’s Last Night at Palace Confirmed, 30 OctDate: 15 June 2004
As previously reported (See News, 4 Jun 2004), Tonight's the Night, the musical fashioned around the greatest hits of British rocker Rod Stewart, will close in the West End this autumn. Its final performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre is now confirmed for Saturday 30 October 2004, just a week shy of its official first anniversary. The musical premiered on 7 November 2003, following previews from 15 October (See News, 2 Jun 2003).
A show spokeswoman told Whatsonstage.com that the closure is in keeping with a plan producers have had for some time, to run in the West End for one year before embarking on a UK-wide tour. Regional dates have not yet been announced, but the tour is scheduled to launch in early 2005.
In recent months, producers have launched a massive advertising campaign effectively rebranding Tonight's the Night as “The Rod Stewart Musical”. One of the UK's biggest rock stars in the late 1960s and 1970s, Stewart's many hits over the years have included "Maggie May", "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy", "You Wear It Well", "Hot Legs", "The Killing of Georgie", "First Cut Is the Deepest", "You're in My Heart", "Sailing" and "Tonight's the Night".
Tim Howar, Hannah Waddingham, Dianne Pilkington and Michael McKell lead the 36-strong cast of Tonight's the Night, a Faustian tale in which shy Stu makes a deal with the devil to be more like his idol Rod Stewart so that he can get girl of his dreams Mary.
Ben Elton, whose previous musical credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game and Queen’s We Will Rock You, wrote the book for Tonight's the Night and also directed it. The stage production is designed by Lez Brotherston and choreographed by Stephen Mear, with lighting by Mark Henderson and musical supervision by Gareth Valentine. It's presented in the West End by Phil McIntyre and Arnold Stiefel.
- by Terri Paddock