The Hurly Burly Show - Garrick Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOLLOWING its critically acclaimed season earlier this year at Leicester Square Theatre, The Hurly Burly Show starring Miss Polly Rae transfers to the Garrick Theatre, where it runs from March 11 (previews from March 3) to May 1, 2011.
The Hurly Burly Show is an all singing, all dancing burlesque inspired revue with a contemporary twist, magically fusing the traditions of burlesque and bawdy cabaret with modern day fashion, music and popular culture.
With spectacular costumes, sets and lighting, the beautiful Miss Polly Rae and her six Hurly Burly Girlys elegantly focus on the tease and take audiences on a unique, provocative journey full of wit, joie de vivre, and celebration of the female form.
Directed by William Baker, The Hurly Burly Show has musical direction by Steve Anderson, choreography by Ashley Wallen, vocal arrangements by Terry Ronald and lighting by Nick Whitehouse. It is produced in the West End by AEG Live and Steve Dixon.
Polly Rae is the founder and lead artiste of The Hurly Burly Show and is an established burlesque soloist and vocalist. Her show, also known as Miss Polly Rae and Her Hurly Burly Girlys, started life at the Soho Revue Bar five years ago and under the current creative team has been developed for the forthcoming production.
A director of live music shows as well as a photographer and stylist, William Baker is best known for his creative work with Kylie Minogue. However, he has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in music and fashion, including Victoria Beckham, Britney Spears, Lily Allen, Jamiroquai, Bjork, Leona Lewis, Westlife and Il Divo.
But it was in 2007 that he made his theatre directing debut directing a ‘remixed’ version of the musical Rent at The Duke of York’s Theatre. And in 2008, he received the Visionary Award at the Elle Style Awards.
Steve Anderson is also renowned for his extensive work with Kylie Minogue. He has also worked as musical director for Westlife, Christophe Willem and Rent at the Duke of York’s Theatre, and produced, written and remixed songs for Take That, Britney Spears, Westlife, The Pet Shop Boys, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.
He is currently executive producer and writer for forthcoming albums by Christophe Willem, Elouise and The Ultra Girls as well as musical director for Kylie’s Aphrodite – Les Folies 2011 World Tour.
Ashley Wallen is currently working as choreographer on Ghost the Musical and associate choreographer on Madonna’s film W.E, which is due for release in 2011.
His other credits as a choreographer include Dance X for BBC1 where he also appeared as a judge and mentor alongside Arlene Phillips; The X Factor and It’s Now or Never, both for ITV; and Rent at the Duke of York’s Theatre. His film dance credits include Moulin Rouge and The Phantom of the Opera.
Wallen has not only choreographed for many artists including Kylie and Dannii Minogue, James Morrison, Leona Lewis, the Sugababes, Will Young, Lemar and Gabriella Cilmi but also performed on stage with Mariah Carey and Kylie Minogue.
A tour director, production designer and manager, Steve Dixon has worked with artists including Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Shakira, Mariah Carey, Hilary Duff, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Il Divo, Guns and Roses, Barry Manilow and Wynonna Judd and on productions such as Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Celtic Woman, Burn the Floor and most recently, Kylie Minogue’s first ever tour of the USA.
With the formation of Roadrage Group, Ltd. in 2009, Dixon partnered with William Baker and lighting and technical designer Nick Whitehouse to conceive The Circus starring Britney Spears, Il Divo’s tour and the upcoming Kylie Minogue Les Folies 2011 Tour.
Tickets: £44.50 – £24.50 – available from the box office on 0844 412 4662.
Times: Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm, Friday and Saturday at 7pm and 9.15pm, Sunday at 5pm and 7.30pm.