As previously tipped (See The Goss, 13 Oct 2005), sci-fi musical Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens will return to the West End, opening at The Venue Leicester Square on 6 December 2005 (previews from 24 November). The new production will star former Steps pop singer Faye Tozer (pictured), making her West End debut.

Set in a seedy bar on the planet Frottage III, a debauched space age haven for gender outlaws and plastic worshippers, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens follows a cosmic investigation into the mysterious murders of a number of talented but obscure cabaret artistes. All have been found brutally slain with a sequined stiletto embedded in their chests. It is up to the Space Vixens - crime-fighting, Glitter-Boot-wearing, federal agents from a 'groovier' galaxy - to find out the true identity of the killer.

Tozer, who plays Space Vixen, Jubilee Climax, is best known for her five years with Steps, whose chart successes included “One for Sorrow” and “Tragedy”. Since then, she’s appeared on stage in touring productions of the musicals Tell Me on a Sunday and Love Shack. Tozer is joined in the cast by Scott Baker (Saucy Jack), Mark Carroll, Paul Christopher, Carl Mullaney, Joel Karie, Carmen Cusack, Melitsa Nicola and Gemma Zirfas.

First seen in 1995 at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it won a Fringe First, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens was expanded into a full-scale musical, which transferred to Shaftesbury Avenue’s 990-seat Queen’s Theatre in 1998. Since then, it has toured regionally and had long-running cabaret success in a bar under the arches at London Bridge. It has a book by Charlotte Mann, music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest and lyrics by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler.

At the 350-seat Venue, the show will feature new choreography by TV’s Strictly Come Dancing panellist Bruno Tonioli. The production is directed by Michael Fidler and designed by Liz Cooke, with lighting by Hansjorg Schmidt and sound by Mike Walker. It’s presented by TWF Theatrical Productions.

- by Terri Paddock