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Previewed 2 August 2001, opened 20 August 2001, closed 13 October 2001 at the London Shaftesbury Theatre
The new musical Peggy Sue Got Married in London starring Ruthie Henshall and based on the hit film with new songs.
If you had the chance to re-live your life... what would you change? You remember the film... The year is 1985, Peggy Sue is a mother of two and coping with an impending divorce from Charlie, her husband of 25 years. She isn't a failure... but neither has life gone exactly as she planned. Longing for the good times she enjoyed during her teens, Peggy Sue attends her high school reunion, where she faints and reawakens in 1960, 17 years old, but with the mind and memory of a 42 year old. Armed with her knowledge and experience of future events, Peggy sets out to change the course of her life. Given this opportunity to live her life all over again, surely she would be happier, or more successful a second time around? We all make mistakes... we all deserve a second chance... maybe this time we'll get it right!
The cast for Peggy Sue Got Married in London stars the award-winning Ruthie Henshall in the title role, making her along awaited return to the West End following performances in She Loves Me, Cats, Chicago, Crazy For You, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and Children of Eden. This new musical is written by the writers of the original hit Tristar film, Jerry Leichting and Arlene Sarner. Featuring a brand new score by Bob Gaudio, member of the Four Seasons, composer of Oh! What A Night', 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More', 'Sherry', 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You' and producer for some of the greatest performers of all time, from Sinatra to Streisand. This stage production is directed by Kelly Robinson with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, designs by Ruari Murchison, lighting by Mark Jonathan and sound by Rick Clarke.
"The cute idea at the heart of Peggy Sue Got Married, which opened this week in a new musical version, is that a woman gets the chance to replay her life with the benefit of hindsight. The bad news is that because this is an American musical comedy (cue lashings of syrupy sentimentality), Peggy Sue goes back to the future and does the same dumb things all over again... Ruthie Henshall's Peggy Sue effortlessly steals the show as the only vaguely two-dimensional character: winning, warm and always smiling through her tears... But the jokes are spread too thinly and the whole piece seems overextended. Bob Gaudio's music impressively parodies Sixties, Seventies and Eighties pop, but none has the hit sound of the numbers he's famous for: Oh What A Night or The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore." The Mail on Sunday
"Most musicals have too little plot, but Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling's entertaining version of their 1986 movie has almost too much... Bob Gaudio's music is crucial, for, having written hits of the time himself, he writes not parody but the keening, high-pitched, close-harmony songs with which kids did their wooing before rock'n'roll swept innocence aside. The period feel only goes astray with Peggy Sue's alternative route out of 1960, an affair with a moody beat poet. That this is a musical with issues does not deter the director, Kelly Robinson, from giving us energetic dancing, character comedy and sweet evocations of the past. But they are stiffened by a nice touch of irony, so that, like Peggy Sue in the inevitable reconciliation scene, you can have your cake and eat it. This is Ruthie Henshall's musical, and she gives it all she's got." The Sunday Times
The musical Peggy Sue Got Married in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre previewed from 2 August 2001, opened on 20 August 2001 and closed on 13 October 2001.