Irving Berlin’s Face The Music opens at Ye Olde Rose and Crown next week!
All Star Productions, the in-house theatre company-in-residence at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub in Walthamstow, is delighted to present the UK Stage Premiere of FACE THE MUSIC, Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Book by Moss Hart, Encores! Concert Adaptation by David Ives, from 9 June until 3 July.
The show opened on Broadway on 17 February 1932, playing for 165 performances. After lying dormant for nearly 70 years, the show was restored with an adaptation by David Ives for presentation at City Centre Encores!
Producer Hal Reisman desperately seeks backers for his Broadway show.
Because of the Great Depression, once rich investors are ‘Lunching at the Automat’. In his search, Reisman meets crooked policemen who need to get rid of their illegal money before they are found out. The corrupt police chief Martin van Buren Meshbesher and his eccentric wife Myrtle become investors in the show, expecting it to be a failure. However, when risqué material is added the show is raided and the government tries to close it and the flop becomes an instant hit because of the publicity.
With both music and lyrics composed by Irving Berlin (WHITE CHRISTMAS, TOP HAT, CALL ME MADAM) the snappy score features such memorable numbers as ,’Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee’, ‘Soft Lights and Sweet Music’, ‘Manhattan Madness’, and ‘I Say It’s Spinach (and the Hell with It)’.
The show features a great cast of 14, including Joanne Clifton, Professional Dancer on BBC1’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing.
The production will be directed by Brendan Matthew, with musical direction by Aaron Clingham and choreography by Sally Brooks.
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