Photos: All Bob’s Women Gather for Press LaunchDate: 4 June 2008
Amy Booth-Steel (one of the finalists from TV’s I’d Do Anything) and Bad Girls’ Nicole Faraday star in the London premiere of All Bob's Women at the Arts Theatre later this month (24 June 2008, previews from 18 June). Written by Italian Romy Padonvano, it's described as a “saucy, racy comedy-musical”, a fact borne out by the appearance of several scantily clad lingerie models at the show’s press launch yesterday (3 June 2008).
The show tells the story of Casanova Bob (Samuel Oatley), who embarks on a mission to seduce five very different women and resorts to increasingly desperate measures the keep them from finding out. Writer Padonvano told Whatsonstage.com that the emphasis is very much on “fun”, adding: “It is a great honour to be the first Italian to bring a musical to the UK. I hope to be the first of many.”
The stars of the show gave a sneak preview to press and industry contacts at the launch, held at Green Carnation in Soho, performing two songs entitled “In Love With Love” and “Funny”. Amy Booth-Steel, who plays the part of Gem, told Whatsonstage.com that it has been a “whirlwind experience” since became the first would-be Nancy to be voted out of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything.
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“It’s a great show” she added, “more of a play with music than an out-and-out musical.” Booth-Steel, who was the first I’d Do Anything finalist to land a West End role, revealed she was cast just a week after leaving the programme, and is already lined up to join the ensemble cast of The Sound of Music later in the year.
All Bob's Women also features Sharon Cherry Ballard, Lucy Thatcher and Tanya Robb, who was most recently seen in the West End playing Lisa in Mamma Mia!. It’s directed by Russell Labey - whose previous credits include New Boy, Whistle Down the Wind, The Go-Between and the Whatsonstage.com Awards concert - and produced by Guido Fabris and Caronline Khouri. It runs at the Arts until 24 August 2008.
- by Theo Bosanquet