The ‘Golden Age’ of the Hollywood musical is the subject of The MGM Story, a new musical revue due for its world premiere at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse later this month.
Presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment Concerts and Szpiezak Productions, the show celebrates the legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, the home of numerous classic movie musicals including The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain and Gigi.
With a book by Chris Burgess (Devilish!) and musical arrangements by Andy Collyer (The Verb, To Love), the show will be directed and choreographed by Matthew Cole (resident director of The Railway Children at King’s Cross Theatre, choreographer of the Footloose UK tour).
The production has musical direction by Charlie Ingles (The Producers, New Theatre, Cardiff), set and costume design by Emily Bestow and lighting design by James Smith.
Set on a disused film set, the show charts the rise of MGM’s dominance in the musical movie genre in the 1930s and 1940s, and shows how the studios initially rose to the challenge presented by rival format, television, in the 1950s, before its failures in the 1960s.
The cast includes Steven Dalziel (The Kissing Dance), James Leece (Singin’ in the Rain UK tour), Emma Kayte Saunders (The Goodbye Girl) and Miranda Wilford (Thriller! Live).
Running from Wednesday 31 August until Sunday 23 September at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, the show will then move to Windsor’s Theatre Royal (Tuesday 27 September-Saturday 1 October), Norwich Playhouse (Friday 7 October) and the Radlett Centre, Radlett (Saturday 22 October).