Forget about Maria von Trapp. After she plays Christine Keeler in A Model Girl at Greenwich Theatre (See News, 15 Nov 2006), Emma Williams may be heading back into the West End to star in another new musical… and emulating two blonde icons of the 1970s and 80s. Desperately Seeking Susan takes the 1985 film, featuring Madonna (along with Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn), and sets it to the music of Debbie Harry and Blondie. In workshops held this week, Williams has been playing the Madonna role of Susan in a company that also features Kelly Price, Simon Lipkin, Clive Rowe and Neil McDermott (her erstwhile co-star, Rolf in The Sound of Music). Set in 1979, Desperately Seeking Susan centres on bored New Jersey housewife Roberta Glass who spots a personal ad entitled “Desperately Seeking Susan” and heads off to Manhattan in search of the exciting Susan herself. Things get complicated when, after buying Susan’s jacket, Roberta is knocked unconscious. Awaking with amnesia, she assumes she is Susan, who is also being desperately sought by the mob. The musical - written and conceived by Peter Michael Marino and directed by Angus Jackson – features Blondie’s greatest hits including “Hanging on the Telephone”, “The Tide Is High”, “Heart of Glass”, “Call Me”, “Rapture” and “One Way or Another”.