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Previewed 15 October 2003, Opened 7 November 2003, Closed 9 October 2004 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London.
From the sexy mean streets of Detroit to the glamorous clubs and the Rockstar mansions of LA and Beverly Hills, Tonight's The Night tracks the story of Stu Roderick, a quiet, shy guy, so hung up and tongue tied that he can not even find the courage to declare his love to Mary, the sweet, wholesome girl of his dreams. How different Stu is to his hero, that legendary rock'n'roll vagabond Rod Stewart - now there's a guy who never had any trouble hitting on a girl. Then one night, alone and desperate, Stu reflects that if he could only be more like Rod then Mary would surely be his and for that, Stu would sell his very soul. In less time than it takes to say hot legs Mephistopheles, agent of Satan, turns up ready to make a deal. If Stu commits his soul to reside in Hell for all eternity, the Devil will give Stu the soul of Rod Stewart and then it will be Bye Bye Mr. Dull Guy and hello ladies! Stu is about to learn the hard way that you can't find true love using another man's moves and that Devil or no Devil there's only one Rod Stewart.
"The most exhilarating musical in town. It will run forever" The Daily Mail
Written by award-winning dramatist Ben Elton and featuring over twenty of the greatest hits of Rod Stewart, Tonight's The Night is musical comedy at its all-singing, all-dancing rip-roaring best. Packed with hilarious gags, spectacularly staged numbers and the unforgettable songs that five generations fell in love to and made love to.
The cast for Tonight's The Night in London features Tim Howar, Dianne Pilkington, Hannah Waddingham and Mike McKell. The production is directed by Ben Elton with choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Mark Hendersen and musical supervision by Gareth Valentine.
"Let us praise the Rod Almighty, as Tonight's the Night is THE night out" The Sun
"From his humble beginnings as a grave digger Rod Stewart has come a long way. And he can look back on an incredible career as a rock icon and legendary womaniser... That's why Ben Elton's new musical was always on to a winner. It celebrates the two sides of Rod and pokes fun at his romantic escapades while showcasing his best hits... The cast are energetic and the band pure rock and roll. Hannah Waddingham is a hoot as Satan... At the finale when the entire ensemble deliver rousing renditions of Sailing and Rhythm Of My Heart the whole audience were on their feet." The Daily Mirror
"Talented Tim Howar as Stu is a more appealing performer to my eyes than Rod himself and he is well supported by Dianne Pilkington as Mary and Michael McKell as a satirical cross between Keith Richards and Michael Caine. The only problem is the writing by Ben Elton, who is in danger of becoming overstretched with his dabbling in musicals. With songs lifted from Stewart and a plot borrowed from Faust, all Elton has to do is put the tunes in order and insert characters and dialogue. The first he does with predictability - if I tell you there is a character called Baby Jane whose real name is Maggie May, you will get the idea - while the second he barely attempts at all. But belting their way through much of Rod's classics, the cast bring his hits stunningly to life." The Daily Express
"Ben Elton's second catalogue musical - built around the hits of Rod Stewart and the Faust legend - seems a little flat compared with the fanaticism that met We Will Rock You. Perhaps Rod's fans are more laid-back than those Queen devotees who slavishly re-enact the 'Radio Ga Ga' video at the Dominion each night, like the participants in some scary pop Nuremberg... Stewart's hits are shoehorned into the proceedings with wilful slapdashery. Elton seems sure that musical comedy should be silly, but doesn't trust his audience. Everything is executed within inverted commas, as if a big hand were about to descend with a flashing light to point out: 'This is cheesy, laugh now.' It feels condescending... The voice of the night belongs to Catherine Porter as Baby Jane (ouch!), who belts a storming 'This Old Heart of Mine' that soars through three key changes. The seven-piece band are as tight as a pair of Rod's spandex pants." The Independent
The musical Tonight's The Night in London at the Victoria Palace Theatre previewed from 15 October 2003, opened on 7 November 2003 and closed on 9 October 2004.