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Toyah's Calamity Jane should be a big draw

Preview by Paul Nelson

FOLLOWING a series of sell-out dates on tour during 2002/3, the stage adaptation of the film musical Calamity Jane is whip cracking its way into the West End.

The show stars Toyah Willcox as Calamity Jane and it will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre on June 12, running for a limited season to September 20.

Calamity Jane is an action-packed, rip-roaring roller coaster of a show with one of the most witty and memorable musical scores. The songs include such favourites as The Deadwood Stage, Windy City, The Black Hills of Dakota and Secret Love, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

Deadwood, Dakota Territory, is a typical Wild West town, where men are cowboys and women are clean living, wholesome gals.

That is except for Indian scout Calamity Jane, who is as hard riding, gun toting and boastful as any man on the prairie.

Tough-talking Calamity puts her reputation on the line when she promises to bring a famous singing star all the way from Chicago to Dakota's Golden Garter Saloon.

After a small matter of mistaken identity, the dainty chanteuse and our heroine (along with the rest of Deadwood) become the best of friends until Calamity realises she may have a rival for the affection of the town's two most eligible cowboys, the dashing Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin and fast-drawing Wild Bill Hickock.

Toyah Willcox returns to the stage to play Calamity, a role made famous on the Hollywood screen by Doris Day.

Toyah is one of Britain's biggest household names, and is this year celebrating 25 years in the business, with major hit records, frequent television appearances and many prestigious stage and screen roles from Shakespeare to Peter Pan.

Calamity Jane, adapted for the stage by Charles K Freeman, Directed by Ed Curtis, Music by Sammy Fain, Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, Designed by Simon Higlett, Choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Lighting Designer James Whiteside, Sound Design by Simon Whitehorn (for Orbital), Musical Direction by Robert Cousins. Starring Toyah Willcox at the Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 from June 12 t September 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets 0870 906 3798.

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