Full casting has been announced for musical revue Jerry’s Girls which, 30 years after it opened on Broadway, will be revived in a limited two-week run (3 to 15 March) at the St James Studio, London. Jerry’s Girls are Anna-Jane Casey, Ria Jones and Sarah-Louise Young.
Anna-Jane Casey was recently seen starring in Forbidden Broadway at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Vaudeville Theatre. West End credits include Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Velma Kelly in Chicago, with other recent work including appearing as lead vocalist with the John Wilson Orchestra in the UK Tour of Cole Porter in Hollywood, Company at Sheffield Crucible, The Comedy of Errors at the Open Air Theatre and Sunday in the Park With George at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Ria Jones’ many West End credits include Grizabella in Cats, Fantine in Les Misérables, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Svetlana in Chess. Other work includes the UK tour of West End Women, 42nd Street at Leicester Curve, Nine at the Donmar Warehouse and the UK tours of High Society, Acorn Antiques and The Witches of Eastwick.
Sarah-Louise Young has been voted one of Time Out’s Top Cabaret Acts and Best Musical Variety Act in the London Cabaret Awards. She has guested with Fascinating Aïda and is a member of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. West End credits include her solo show Julie Madly Deeply at Trafalgar Studios. She has performed her other solo piece, Cabaret Whore at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Soho Theatre and Off-Broadway.
Featuring songs from classic musicals including Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry’s Girls brings together an all-female cast to celebrate Herman’s special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of the great American musical, honouring the legacy of the multi Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of some of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time.
Created by Herman and collaborator Larry Alford in 1981, Jerry’s Girls originated as a modest cabaret presentation at Onstage, a nightclub located in New York’s theatre district in midtown-Manhattan. After La Cage Aux Folles opened to rave reviews two years later, a full-scale, all-star production was mounted which opened at Broadway’s St. James Theatre in 1985 with a cast including Chita Rivera, who received a Tony-Award nomination for her performance.
Jerry’s Girls is directed by Kate Golledge and choreographed by Matthew Cole. The musical director is Edward Court. It is presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James, the team behind the 2014 London premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little at the St James Studio, which played a sold out run in August before returning in October due to popular demand.
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