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The Tailor-Made Man - Faye Tozer and Mike McShane star

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AMERICAN actor Mike McShane will star alongside Faye Tozer and Dylan Turner in the world premiere of the musical The Tailor-Made Man, which runs at the Arts Theatre from February 21 (previews from February 14) to April 6, 2013.

The Tailor-Made Man is the true story of William Haines, the silent screen star who was fired by Louis B Mayer of MGM Studios because he was gay and refused to marry and give up his lifelong partner Jimmy Shields.

Originally written as a play by Claudio Macor, The Tailor-Made Man has been adapted by Amy Rosenthal. Music is by Duncan Walsh Atkins and Adam Meggido and lyrics by Adam Meggido.

Mike McShane’s most recent West End credit was as the voice of the plant, Audrey II, in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. On television, he is probably best known for his regular appearances in Whose Line Is It Anyway? and in 1991, he made a memorable Friar Tuck in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Faye Tozer is a member of Brit award-winning pop group Steps, who have recently successfully reformed with a number 1 album, sell-out tour and a hit television show. When Steps originally split up in 2001, Tozer went on to have a top 10 hit with Russell Watson, Someone Like You, which led to an arena tour in the UK and New Zealand.

She made her musical theatre debut in the tour of Tell Me on a Sunday and her West End debut as Jubilee Climax in the sci-fi musical, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. Her other theatre credits include tours of Love Shack, Me and My Girl, Dial M for Murder and Over the Rainbow.

Dylan Turner’s West End credits include Chariots of Fire, Rock of Ages, Life is a Dream, Mamma Mia! and Grease. He has also appeared in the UK touring productions of Chicago and Footloose.

The Tailor-Made Man is directed by Claudio Macor and 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.

American Justice, British playwright Richard Vergette’s searing political thriller about guilt and redemption in America’s deep south, runs at the Arts Theatre from January 10 to February 9, 2013.