The recently re-opened May Fair Theatre had not hosted a professional theatre production for over a decade before Song of Singapore. A hit off-Broadway, the show received its British premiere at the Chichester Festival in 1998. The current revival began there as well, running at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre from 29 May to 9 June 2001 before transferring on to Greenwich and then London.
Issy Van Randwyck leads the cast as Rose of Rangoon, a sultry saloon singer who has had one helluva life - she just can’t remember it. Set in a Singapore nightclub in 1941, the musical presents a madcap scenario in which enemy troops are at the border, a patron has been murdered, a precious gem stolen, a crooked cop is crooning about romantic liaisons and the club’s star attraction, the Malayan Melody Makers, are planning to defect.
Van Randwyck is joined in the cast by Richard Brightliff, Beatrice Grace, Elio Pace, Martin Roach, Miles Russell, James Wilson, Neil Gore, James Lailey and Julian Tucker. Song of Singapore is directed by Roger Redfarn and designed by Stewart Wood, with lighting by Nigel Hollowell Howard, musical supervision by David Beer, sound by Gregory Clarke and musical staging by Michel Hardy.
- by Gareth Thompson