(The above short documentary is not related to the new revival but does include interview material with Bob Fosse.)
(Fiona Mountford's article appeared in the Evening Standard, 12/3.)
Tamzin Outhwaite's sweet act of charity
The magic Menier musicals machine is at it again. To crown a wonderful year which saw the West End transfer of the glorious Chocolate Factory production of A Little Night Music, as well as the ongoing success of La Cage Aux Folles, the canny team at this tiny Southwark powerhouse has triumphed again.
Not only is it a delight in these gloomy winter days to revisit this peppy 1966 Tony award winner, but it’s pleasing, not to mention a little surprising, to discover that television favourite Tamzin Outhwaite, once of Albert Square and lately of the likes of Hotel Babylon, has such a belter of a voice.
She’s niftily cast as the marvellously named Charity Hope Valentine, a cock-eyed optimist of a New York dance hall hostess who has a nasty habit of falling for Mr Very Wrong. “You run your heart like a hotel — you’ve got guys checking in and out all the time,” comments one of her colleagues at the Fan-Dango Ballroom. But Charity’s a girl who can’t say no except, mercifully, when it comes to the “extra-curricular business” in which some of the other girls dabble with the Ballroom’s clientele.
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