SUE KELVIN stars in a tribute show to Bette Midler, covering the life and songs of the Divine Miss M from the perspective of a life-long fan. The show features over a dozen songs including:
BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY I’M A WOMAN I THINK IT’S GONNA RAIN TODAY
EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES FROM A DISTANCE THE ROSE
CHAPEL OF LOVE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS THE GLORY OF LOVE
Plus highlights from Midler comedy routines, and a commentary on Bette’s life explaining just how Bette inspired Sue to don seven inch platform heels and become a West End diva herself! She has starred in West End hits Wicked, Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago. But now she turns her focus on her idol.
Also – a puppet show version of ‘BEACHES’. What could be more divine?
“… a show that is heartfelt and hilarious in equal measure.” BROADWAY WORLD
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Writer: Chris Burgess Original Director: Paul Foster
Musical Arrangements: Sarah Travis Original Choreography: Matthew Cole
Performers: Sue Kelvin and Jessie May
Puppeteer: Lucy-May Sumner
Choreographer: Philip Joel
SUE KELVIN: PERFORMER – Sue has starred in West End productions of Les Miserables (Madame Thernadier), Fiddler on the Roof (Golde), Chicago (Mama Morton), Assassins (Emma Goldman) and Wicked (Madame Morrible). She has also appeared at the National Theatre in Streetcar Named Desire alongside Glenn Close, and at the Novello Theatre in Onassis opposite Robert Lindsay.
JESSIE MAY: PERFORMER
has appeared as Agnes Gooch in Mame (Hope Mill Theatre); Jeanie in Hair (The Vaults); Regina in Rock of Ages (1st UK Tour); Lydia Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (Lyric Theatre Belfast and Everyman Cork); Young Sally in Follies (Opera du Toulon); Sophie Sheridan in MAMMA MIA! (Prince of Wales Theatre and International Tour)
ERIKA GUNDESEN: Musical Director
is a graduate of the University of British Columbia as well as the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She has worked as pianist and conductor in Canada and the UK. Recent UK credits include La Belle Hélène (New Sussex Opera), Queen of the Mist (Charing Cross), The Magic Flute, Side by Side by Sondheim (GSMD), Songs for a New World (Jazzhands Optional) and Parade (London Theatre Workshop).
SARAH TRAVIS: MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS – Sarah won a Tony Award for her work on the Broadway production of Sweeney Todd in 2006. She has musically directed West End and regional productions including: Mack and Mabel, The Gondoliers, Sunset Boulevard and Legally Blond, as well as Craig Revel Horwood’s productions of Chess and Fiddler on the Roof and Sister Act .
CHRIS BURGESS: WRITER – Chris has written many plays, musicals and shows – many about or featuring ‘divas’: Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand (New End Theatre), Faith Brown & Her Boys in the Buff (The Pleasance), and national tour of Lunch with Marlene and Noel starring Kate O’Mara as Dietrich. Also the musical Sleeping Arrangements based on Sophie Kinsella’s novel (Landor Theatre).
PAUL FOSTER: DIRECTOR – Paul has directed Curtains (UK Tour), Annie Get Your Gun and Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Crucible) The Deep Blue Sea (Chichester), A Little Night Music and Tell Me On a Sunday (Watermill, Newbury) Sweet Charity (Cadogan Hall), Cowardy Custard (Yvonne Arnaud)
MATTHEW COLE: CHOREOGRAPHER – Matthew was choreographer for Trevor Nunn’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ (West End) and for Jeremy Sam’s ‘Oklahoma’ (Chichester). He was associate choreographer on Guys and Dolls for the recent West End production. He also choreographed Pure Imagination and Jerry’s Girls (St James Theatre).
PHILIP JOEL: CHOREOGRAPHER – ‘Chess The Musical’ The Electric Theatre ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Peterborough New Theatre, ‘HAIRSPRAY’ The Gaiety Theatre, Portsmouth ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Cultural Hall Theatre, Bahrain ‘The Last Leg’ Channel 4, ‘HARRY HILL’S ALIEN FUN CAPSULE’ ITV ‘Henrietta’ Kate Golledge, NYMT ‘NATASIA DEMETRIOU AND ELLIE WHITE ARE GETTIN’ BIG’ Soho Theatre
Produced by LAMBCO Productions
Lighting Designer: Richard Lambert
Stage Manager: Daniel McKeown