|Tamzin Outhwaite in Boeing Boeing in 2007|
Outhwaite Savours Sweet Charity for Menier Xmas
Date: 5 June 2009
Rather than Me and My Girl (See The Goss, 17 Apr 2009), the Christmas slot at the Menier Chocolate Factory is set to be filled by the revival of another Broadway musical classic: 1966’s Sweet Charity.
According to today’s Daily Mail, Tamzin Outhwaite will return to the musical stage to take the title role in the new production – directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Stephen Mears – which will run at the 150-seat Off-West End powerhouse in Southwark from 21 November 2009 to 7 March 2010.
Sweet Charity - which has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon, with original direction and choreography by Bob Fosse - takes a look at the seedy underbelly of 1960s New York. The gullible, enchanting heroine Charity Hope Valentine dances, laughs and cries her way through a series of whirlwind romances to show-stopping numbers including “Rhythm of Life”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Hey Big Spender”.
Charity was originally played by Gwen Verdon on Broadway and was immortalised in the 1969 film version by Shirley MacLaine. The musical was last revived in the West End in a 1998 production at the Victoria Palace starring Bonnie Langford.
Tamzin Outhwaite is best known for her TV roles in EastEnders as well as Red Cap, Hustle, Frances Tuesday, Vital Signs, Hotel Babylon and The Fixer. Her theatre work includes Breathing Corpses and Flesh Wound at the Royal Court and, most recently, the hit 2007 West End revival of Sixties’ sex farce Boeing Boeing (See News, 21 Dec 2006). Earlier in her career, she appeared in musicals including Carousel, Oliver! and Grease.
The Chocolate Factory’s last four Christmas musical revivals have all transferred to the West End: the five-time Olivier Award-winning Sunday in the Park with George, Little Shop of Horrors (also directed by Matthew White), La Cage aux Folles (still running at the Playhouse Theatre) and this past Christmas’ A Little Night Music (still running at the Garrick Theatre).
Ahead of Sweet Charity, the Menier will be celebrating the musical successes of the Great White Way in more tongue-in-cheek manner with a season of the satirical revue Forbidden Broadway, which runs from 25 June to 13 September (See News, 17 Apr 2009).
- by Terri Paddock
|Would be interesting to know if Hugh S or Coco have even seen the recent revival of Sweet Charity. Or are they simply crazed fans of Kristen Chenoworth and Amy Nuttall, deperate to see them in gameful employment. The casting of Tamzin Outhwaite is inspired and not the immediate choice for all. That what makes this production so new, fresh and unprodictable. Ms Outhwaite truly excels in this complex and varied role. I for one was blown away, especially as she proves to all she is an all round performer with the ability to bring her talents to roles that differ from those she plays so well on TV. - TomB||03 Dec 09|
|Say Sweet Charity Saturday 28th November and was thoroughly entertained; you must not miss this show. The cast are so talented but Tamzin is outstanding. - Martin Snazell||29 Nov 09|
|Hi. I've not posted here before, but I must take issue with the first post. Far from being an 'Eastenders throwout,' Tamzin trained at London Studio Centre in musical theatre, played a main role in Grease in the west end and on tour, sung in a west end production of Oliver, appeared in an Aykbourn play directed by Aykbourn himesef at the Stephen Joseph theatre, played the lead role in the acclaimed TV series Red Cap and was most recently in the hilarious farce Boeing Boeing. Eastenders throwout - I think not! - miles_muso||07 Nov 09|
|why not Kristin Chenoweth? perfect look, perfect voice, amazing dancer, hilarious, fantastic actress. why should we have to put up with Eastenders throwouts when we could get people like Kristin Chenoweth? it's not like she's even filming Pushing Daises anymore! she's free! Get Chenoweth in Sweet Charity! - Hugh S||01 Aug 09|
| would have been fantastic to see amy nuttall playing charity, she would have been perfect. - coco||25 Jul 09|
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