Sunday, April 16

Jessica Martin to star in Ballroom Musical at Waterloo East

The European Premiere of the Broadway musical Ballroom will run  at Waterloo East Theatre from 12th May to 4th June 2017 (press night 15 May). The show has not been produced since it closed on Broadway in March 1979 where its  was developed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Bennett co-creator of A Chorus Line. Based on the CBS television movie The Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, with book by Jerome Kass, music by Billy Goldberg, lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, and features the classic Broadway song Fifty Percent. The Broadway production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards and 7 Drama Desk Awards.

JESSICA MARTIN is playing the lead role Bea Asher who, having lost her beloved husband Morrie, opens a thrift shop that amounts to an ongoing garage sale of her own belongings. When her friend Angie urges her to get out of the shop and start living again by suggesting that she visit the local Brooklyn dance hall, Bea agrees and begins life anew at the Stardust Ballroom. There she meets middle-aged mailman Alfred Rossi and falls in love again. Her dream of a happily-ever-after relationship is shattered when she discovers Alfred hasn't been as honest about his personal life as she thought, but having found a new life and love decides that "50%" of someone you love is better than "all of anybody else".

Jessica's impressive list of musical theatre credits include leading roles in shows such as ME ANDMY GIRL (Adelphi Theatre & National Tour), MACK AND MABEL (Piccadilly Theatre), SOUTHPACIFIC (National Tour), the Olivier award nominated productions of BABES IN ARMS and THECARD (both at the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park), MARGUERITE (Theatre Royal Haymarket) andSUNSET BOULEVARD (Comedy Theatre), to name a few. Most recent credits BIG The Musical (UKPremier Plymouth & Dublin), Bumblescratch (Adelphi), Elf: The Musical (Dominion).

More casting news to follow 

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