Originally written as a song cycle for Marti Webb in 1979, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's Tell Me on a Sunday has been specially expanded, including new additional material penned by Jackie Clune. The one-woman musical, directed by Matthew Warchus, opened at the West End's Gielgud Theatre on 15 April 2003 (previews from 4 April). Previously extended to 23 August 2003, it is now taking bookings up to 10 January 2004.
The story centres around an English girl who moves to New York and has various relationships with American men. 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 played murderess Roxie Hart in the West End production Chicago, a role she reprised on Broadway.
Meanwhile, Willy Russell's Liverpudlian musical about twin brothers separated at birth, Blood Brothers, has extended its booking period until the end of February 2004. Next month, the show enters its 16th year in the West End. It first opened on 27 August 1988 at the Albery Theatre before transferring to its current home at the Phoenix in November 1991. Linda Nolan currently stars the twins' tragic mother, Mrs Johnstone, a role that's previously been played by the likes of Barbara Dickson, Kiki Dee, Petula Clarke, Siobhan McCarthy and Denise Nolan.
- by Terri Paddock