Faye Tozer stars in Tailor-Made new musical at Arts Theatre
Billed as "a powerful story about Hollywood and its system and hypocrisy", The Tailor-Made Man tells the story of William "Billy" Haines, who was one of MGM's biggest stars in the 1920s but was fired when he refused to deny his homosexuality. His defiance led to his second and even more successful career as an interior designer to the stars, and a lifelong relationship with his former stand-in Jimmy Shields.
The Tailor-Made Man was originally written as a play by Claudio Macor, who wrote the book for and will direct the musical premiere. The "musical adaptation" is by Amy Rosenthal, with music by Duncan Walsh Atkins and Adam Meggido (Showstoppers!) and lyrics by Meggido.
Faye Tozer is a member of Brit award-winning pop group Steps, who have recently reformed. After Steps originally split up in 2001, Tozer made her musical theatre debut in the tour of Tell Me on a Sunday. Subsequent theatre tours have included Love Shack, Me and My Girl, Dial M for Murder and Over the Rainbow. She also starred in the ill-fated Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens at The Venue (now the Leicester Square Theatre) in 2005.
The Tailor-Made Man will choreographed by Nathan M Wright, with design by Sophia Simensky, lighting by Humphrey McDermott, sound by Tom Marshall and musical direction by Duncan Walsh Atkins. It's produced in London by Stephen McGill.