My One and Only

Previewed 9 February 2002, Opened 25 February 2002, Closed 3 August 2002 at the Piccadilly Theatre

The NEW George and Ira Gershwin musical My One and Only in London starring Tim Flavin and Janie Dee

In the glamorous New York of the roaring Twenties, dashing young pilot Captain Billy Buck Chandler, aims to be the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic. His dreams take a different turn when he falls head over heels in love with Edythe Herbert, a beautiful cross Channel swimming star. Fate takes a hand and, stranded together on a palm-fringed desert island, their true passion is unleashed and they fall into the idyllic world of each other's arms. But with scheming forces at work to drive them apart, can true love win out?

Putting on the Ritz with impeccable Broadway style, My One and Only is a sparkling confection of jazz and tap, elegance and roaring Twenties romance, topped with a wonderful musical score featuring a treasury of classic Gershwin melodies including 'S Wonderful', 'How Long Has This Been Going On', 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' and 'Strike Up The Band'.

Based on the Gershwin's 1928 musical Funny Face, with a completely new book, this 'new' musical features a host of enchanting and exotic characters and wonderful Fred and Ginger-style choreography, classic show-stopping numbers, and promises to be magical entertainment.

Musical with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and book by Timothy S Mayer and Peter Stone.

The cast featured Tim Flavin as 'Captain Billy Buck Chandler', Janie Dee as 'Edythe Herbert', Hilton McRae as 'Prince Nikki', Jenny Galloway as 'Mickey', Richard Calkin as 'Reverend J D Montgomery', and Richard Lloyd King as 'Mr Magix', with Annabelle Dalling, Ben Tribe, Chris Bennett, Corey Skaggs, Ebony Molina, Heather Douglas, Horace Oliver, Ian Walker, James Leece, Katie Verner, Kevin Brewis, Leigh Constantine, Michael John, Mykal Rand, Nial Rivers, Omar F Okai, Paul J Medford, Rachel Stanley, and Verity Bentham.

Directed by Loveday Ingram, with choreography by Craig Revel Horwood, designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Chris Davey, and sound by Fergus O'Hare.

This production was originally seen at the Chichester Festival Theatre in West Sussex - previewed from 19 July 2001, opened on 24 July 2001, and closed on 22 September 2001 (in repertory) - with Tim Flavin, Janie Dee, and Hilton McRae leading the cast.

This production played eight-performances-a-week: up to Saturday 27 April it played on Monday to Saturday evenings and afternoon matinees on Wednesday and Saturday; and from Monday 29 April it played on Tuesday to Saturday evenings and afternoon matinees on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Hilton McRae's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Sam Carmichael' in the original cast of Phyllida Lloyd's production of Catherine Johnson's ABBA musical Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999; 'Le Chevalier Danceny' in Howard Davies' production of Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1986; 'Orlando' in Adrian Noble's revival of William Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Barbican Theatre in 1985; 'Arthur Rimbaud' in David Hare's revival of Christopher Hampton's Total Eclipse at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith in 1981; and 'Pierre' in Howard Davies' production of Pam Gems' Piaf at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1980.

Jenny Galloway's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Rosie' in the original cast of Phyllida Lloyd's production of Catherine Johnson's ABBA musical Mamma Mia! at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999; 'Widow Corney' in Sam Mendes' revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver! at the London Palladium in 1994; 'Iris' in Peter Hall's revival of William Shakespeare's The Tempest at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre and transfer to the Olivier Theatre in 1988; 'Luce' in Judi Dench's revival of the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical The Boys From Syracuse at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park in 1991; and the ensemble cast in Stuart Mungall's revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell at the Young Vic Theatre in 1981.

The Gershwin's musicals include Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris, Crazy For You, Lady, Be Good!, and Hershey Felder's compilation show George Gershwin Alone.

"It has to be said that the show betrays its artificial origins. Songs are shoe-horned into the wrong dramatic context - most glaringly 'Funny Face' itself, which becomes a piece of knockabout comedy between the villain and a government agent. The book is a bit too deliberately daft, even for musical comedy purposes. There is an undercurrent of knowingness and superfluous irony. Yet though these things are undeniable drawbacks, Loveday Ingram's production is good enough to get the better of them. The two principals alone would ensure that. Janie Dee's charm carries all before it as the cross-channel swimmer from Margate who's touring the States... Tim Flavin is immensely likeable as the aspiring transatlantic aviator from the sticks. His dancing is quite something, too. And they make an undoubted team... There is excellent support, especially from Hilton McRae as Dee's dastardly manager, Jenny Galloway as a butch mechanic who is not all she seems and Richard Lloyd King as Mr Magix" The Sunday Telegraph

"For some seriously silly flim-flam, you should try My One and Only, the new/old Gershwin musical set in the Roaring Twenties. The main reason for seeing this is not the lovely songs - and they are lovely - but for the irresistible star; Janie Dee, playing a cross-Channel swimmer who falls for a transatlantic aviator, Tim Flavin... Director Loveday Ingram's production whizzes agreeably by - nice songs, nice scenery - but it is not as memorable as Crazy For You... Still, I'm not complaining. Janie literally kicks up a sexy storm with her man, soaking the front rows, and the catatogue of cracking tunes can't fail to banish the winter gloom." The Mail on Sunday

"My One And Only is an evening of sheer old-fashioned escapist pleasure... This is a musical without a single thought in its frothy head, and it is shamelessly proud of the fact... With a cheerfulness that borders on desperation, director Loveday Ingram sweeps us back to an era when men long to swashbuckle, and women think nothing of swimming the Channel... There are long moments of crushing tedium, but when the two would-be lovers collide in a pool during the brilliant, splashy, flippant love song, 'Swonderful, the show - basically on its knees - magically takes off. This one song, cleverly teed up just before the interval, infects the entire show. And not before time... The cast feed on this confidence booster with a vengeance. The buffoons in the first half are transformed into snappy comics in the second... By the end the impossible has happened. The hotchpotch of Gershwin standards starts feeling like a million-dollar show." The Daily Express

My One and Only in London at the Piccadilly Theatre previewed from 9 February 2002, opened on 25 February 2002, and closed on 3 August 2002

Funny Face

Opened 8 November 1928 (no previews), Closed 26 January 1929 at the Princes Theatre (now the Shaftesbury Theatre)
Transferred 28 January 1929, Closed 29 June 1929 at the Winter Garden (now rebuilt as the Gillian Lynne Theatre

Musical with music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and book by Fred Thompson and Paul Gerard Smith.

The cast included Fred Astaire as 'Jimmie Reeve', Adele Astaire as 'Frankie Wynne', and Leslie Henson as 'Dugsie Gibbs'.

Directed by Felix Edwards, with choreography by Robert Connolly.

Prior to London this production embarked on a six-week: Liverpool Empire, from Monday 24 September to Saturday 6 October 1928; Birmingham Theatre Royal, from Monday 8 to Saturday 20 October 1928; and Cardiff Empire, from Monday 22 October to Saturday 3 November 1928.

There was a series of major gas explosions in New Oxford Street, next to the Princes Theatre, on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December 1928 which caused the theatre to be temporarily closed, reopening on Box Day, 26 December 1928.