Preview and review by Emma Whitelaw
LOUISA May Alcott's timeless classic novels Little Women
and Good Wives will come vividly to life in a sparkling
new West End show, LITTLE WOMEN - THE MUSICAL, which
follows the saga of the March sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy
- as they grow up in Civil War America.
A concept CD has recently been released prior to a special one-night
gala concert performance, directed by Gillian Gregory, with a
host of stars including Dave Willetts, Dillie Keane and Celia
Graham and narrated by celebrated broadcaster Sandi Toksvig, will
later take place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
(home of The Producers)
on Sunday, October 2.
If the CD is anything to go by, the performance will be sure
to charm young and old alike!
With music and lyrics by Lionel Segal, book by Peter Layton and
Lionel Segal, the CD features such timeless numbers as Loverin,
where Jo proclaims she will never find herself weighed down with
the title of wife, and the gorgeous My How You’ve Grown,
where Laurie notices Amy’s beauty for the first time.
The gala performance will feature Dave Willetts (Prof Bhaer),
who was first acclaimed as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables
at the Palace Theatre.
Following that, he went on to star as The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd
Webber's The Phantom of the
Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, where he became the
first person in the world to play both leading roles.
Dillie Keane (Miss Crocker) is one third of the Olivier-nominated
Fascinating Aida, one of the most acclaimed cabaret acts
Sandi Toksvig (Narrator) championed
the case of Little Women in the BBC Big Read competition.
She is a prolific comedienne, writer, pundit and presenter.
Lionel Segal (Composer) won a nationwide song-writing contest
at 17 that led to a scholarship to Guildhall School of Music.
He composed Britain's first musical for the world of advertising,
for Dupont, staged at the London Hippodrome.
Signed to MGM for two years on Ken Tynan's recommendation, he
later switched to the booming record business, establishing two
independent record labels - Strike (with RCA) and GO (with Columbia).
Among his many stage musicals are music and lyrics for World
in My Pocket (commissioned by Ray Cooney) at the Yvonne Arnaud
Theatre, Guildford; The Pied Piper and Alice in Wonderland
for Laurier Lister.
Gillian Gregory (Director) is an acclaimed director/choreographer.
She won the Tony Award for Me & My Girl on Broadway.
Her recent directorial credits include the Rodgers and Hammerstein
UK Tour of Something Wonderful and the UK tour of Hollywood
She choreographed the Regent's Park Open Air productions of
The Pirates of Penzance, Where's Charley? and High
Society, which is currently enjoying a very successful UK
1. Little Does She Know
2. Everybody Bosses
4. What I'm Gonna Do
5. The First Lady Of Literature
6. The World In My Pocket
7. Your Eyes Have Magic
8. Bye Bye, Little Pie
9. Big Success
10. Consider Me Employed
11. Mmmm, It's Lovely
12. Seven Happy Days
13. Somebody Like Me
14. Come And Be a Friend
15. Jo's Song
16. My How You've Grown
17. Becoming A Woman
18. Everybody's Gettin' Married