Jerry’s Girls transfers to Jermyn Street Theatre for three-week run

Ria Jones in Jerry’s Girls at St James Studio, London

Ria Jones in Jerry’s Girls which is transferring from the St James Studio to the Jermyn Street Theatre. Picture: Roy Tan

Following a sell-out run at St James Studio last month, musical revue Jerry’s Girls will transfer to Jermyn Street Theatre for a limited three-week run from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 31 May 2015, with a press night on Friday 15 May.

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.

Herman’s Broadway shows also include Dear World, Mack & Mabel, The Grand Tour and La Cage Aux Folles. His string of awards and honours includes multiple Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards, the Johnny Mercer Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Oscar Hammerstein Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Theatre Hall of Fame. Herman also has the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have three musicals run for more than 1,500 performances on Broadway.

Emma Barton will join the cast, alongside Ria Jones and Sarah-Louise Young who both return to the production.

Emma Barton is best known to television audiences for playing the role of Honey Mitchell for three years in the BBC’s flagship drama EastEnders. Theatre credits include Dolly in One Man Two Guvnors (UK tour), Roxie Hart in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Marty in Grease (Victoria Palace Theatre), Over the Moon (The Old Vic), Anyone Can Whistle (Savoy Theatre) and Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

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. Jones also performs worldwide as a concert soloist.

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.

Created by Jerry 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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