A sparkling line-up of musical talent will make this summer’s 25th anniversary production of Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes Round at the Stephen Joseph Theatre a must-see for all fans of musical theatre.
Showstoppers such as New York, New York, All That Jazz, Maybe This Time and Money, Money will be performed alongside lesser-known numbers such as Mr Cellophane, Arthur in the Afternoon and Coffee in a Cardboard Cup by a cast comprising some of the best of the UK’s musical theatre performers: Phoebe Fildes, Laura Jane Matthewson, Nigel Richards, Ashley Samuels and Shona White.
The show was originally seen at Manhattan’s off-Broadway Westside Theatre in 1991, when the legendary New York Times critic Frank Rich called it “a handsome, tasteful, snazzily staged outpouring of song and dance that celebrates all the virtues of the Kander-Ebb catalogue... sophisticated enough to satisfy aficionados like myself ... and welcoming enough to convert new audiences to the Kander-Ebb fold.”
Phoebe Fildes has just completed a two-year ‘Globe to Globe’ tour, playing Ophelia, Gertrude, Horatio and Rosencrantz in the Globe Theatre’s production of Hamlet, directed by Dominic Dromgoole.
Laura Jane Matthewson won the 2014 Evening Standard Award for best Emerging Talent for her performance in the critically acclaimed musical Dogfight. Last year she was named by The Stage’s lead critic Mark Shenton as
one of his top 10 musical theatre actresses in a list which also included Imelda Staunton and Beverley Knight.
Nigel Richards is familiar to musicals aficionados from his roles as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s, Les Miserables, Martin Guerre, and as Dan in Kurt Weill’s Songs From A Hotel Bedroom at the Royal Opera House.
Ashley Samuels was in the West End hit The Book of Mormon and Shona White has been seen as Florence Vassy in Craig Revel-Horwood’s production of Chess and as Alternate Donna in Phyllida Lloyds’s Mamma Mia.
The World Goes Round is directed by Lotte Wakeham, whose other productions include Jon Brittain’s The Happiest Days of Your Life.
The World Goes Round, part of the theatre’s Summer Festival, can be seen from Thursday July 28 today until to Saturday September 3.