The Dubarry cast will be headed by Louise Gold (currently starring in Mamma Mia in the West End) and Desmond Barritt (seen most recently in Chichester's On the Razzle ). Gold and Barritt will be joined by Stewart Permutt, Gavin Lee, Jeremy David, James Jaughan, Shula Keyte, Lauren Ward, Hannah Berry, Jenna Sokolowski, Gabriella Santinelli, Mark McKerracher, Mark Siney, Chris Vincent and Stephen Lloyd Morgan.
Cole Porter is world renowned for such musical favourites as Anything Goes, Gay Divorce and Kiss Me Kate, which receives a major new outing at the West End's Victoria Palace this month, in a Broadway production directed by Michael Blakemore.
Dubarry Was a Lady opened in December 1939 at the 46th Street Theatre in New York. It ran for over 400 performances, with an all-star cast featuring Betty Grable, Ethel Merman and Bert Lahr. The musical comedy concerns Louis Blore, an attendant in the men's washroom of a New York club. After winning money in the Irish sweeps, he drinks a potion which sends him into romantic dreams of being Louis XIV. Featured songs include Well, Did You Evah, Come On In and It Was Written in the Stars. The original London version opened at His Majesty's in October 1942, running for 178 performances.
The new production is directed by Marshall-Fisher, with choreography by Gavin Lee and musical direction by Richard Balcombe with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Dubarry Was a Lady will be transmitted on BBC Radio 3 in the new year.
Since founding the Lost Musicals in 1989, Marshall-Fisher has worked closely with the estates and families of the writers to rediscover and reconstruct the shows. In subsequent seasons, he has directed some 50 musicals, performed by over 600 actors and singers including Henry Goodman, Joanna Riding, Frank Thornton, Denis Quilley, Janie Dee and Tim Flavin.
- by Terri Paddock