I'm next on stage in High Society - which features the song Who wants to be a Millionaire, along with True Love and You're Sensational, Now You has Jazz and Well, Did you Evah? If you like Cole Porter's musical style this might appeal.
The plot centres on wealthy, elegant and priggish socialite Tracy Lord, who is about to embark on her second marriage, to an equally priggish but rich businessman, when her ex-husband C. K. Dexter Haven turns up to disrupt the proceedings and try and win her back. Additional comic complications arise when tabloid reporter Mike Connor appears on the scene and immediately falls for the bride to be –and she for him! As the day of the wedding approaches we're left guessing which of the three men Tracy will choose!
Based on the hit film starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Celest Holm which itself was based on an earlier play - SIMADS is doing the London version of this show - so a slightly different jukebox of that from the broadway version. The London version was in fact rather more successful than the first run broadway outing. The West End production opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre on February 25, 1987 and ran for 420 performances. It starred Trevor Eve (Dexter), Stephen Rea (Mike), Angela Richards (Liz), Natasha Richardson (Tracy) and Ronald Fraser (Uncle Willie); the director was Richard Eyre
I'm playing Dexter Haven - which is the role Bing Crosby took in the film.
High Society will be at The Burgess Hall, One Leisure, St Ives, from April 10 –12, 2014. Evening performances are at 7.30 pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm.
Tickets for High Society are £12 (£10 concessions) and will be on sale from 20 January, 2014, online via Ticketsource or through the SIMADS box office .