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
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 new musical, with new songs, based on the 1986 movie starring Kathleen Turner.
Musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Jerry Leichtling, and book by Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling, based on their film script for the 1986 movie.
The cast features Ruthie Henshall as 'Peggy Sue', Tim Howar as 'Michael', and Andrew Kennedy as 'Charlie', with Gerard Bentall as 'Doug', Dawn Buckland as 'Miss Grano', Shirley Hafey as 'School Nurse', Terence Hillyer as 'Jack', Samuel James as 'Danny', Gavin Lee as 'Richard', Melanie Marcus as 'Delores', Dean Maynard as 'Arthur', Lucy Moorby as 'Carol', Stuart Nurse as 'Mr Kalodney', Paul Peacock as 'Walter', Andrew Playfoot as 'Joe', Vicki Simon as 'Linda', Donna Steele as 'Maddy', Sara Weymouth as 'Evelyn', Verity Bentham, Chris Crompton, Melitsa Nicola, Richard Peakman, Wayne Perrey, Tanya Robb, Scarlett Strallen, Sam Strasfeld, Pippa Gebette, Francesca Newitt, Neil Reynolds, Ian Waller, and Matt Zimmerman as 'Time Travel Voice'.
Directed by Kelly Robinson, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, designs by Ruari Murchison, lighting by Mark Jonathan, and sound by Rick Clarke.
Ruthie Henshall's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Roxie Hart' in Walter Bobbie's revival of the Fred Ebb and John Kander musical Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre in 1997; 'Nancy' in Sam Mendes' revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver! at the London Palladium in 1996; 'Amalia' in Scott Ellis' revival of the Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick musical She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre in 1994; 'Polly Baker' in Mike Ockrent's production of George and Ira Gershwin's Crazy For You at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1993; and 'Aphra' in John Caird's production of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1990.
Andrew Kennedy's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Rooster Hannigan' in Martin Charnin's revival of the Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin musical Annie at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1998; and 'Teen Angel' in David Gilmore's revival of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's Grease The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in 1993.
"Ruthie Henshall, now an undisputed star of the West End musical, plays the world-wise Peggy Sue. At her 42-year-old sexual peak, she scandalises her classmates and parents alike. Andrew Kennedy is her bemused sweetheart, Charlie. The pair of them pull out all the stops, from their opening scene at the high school reunion to their belting, crowd-pleasing finale, I Can't See Myself Without You. But they are hampered by a lack of hummable tunes, and Henshall never seems to shake her girl next-door qua1ity even when she gets down and dirty with the doomed beatnik, Michael - by far the most interesting character played with cracking energy by Tim Howar - it never quite rings true." The Daily Express
"The Peggy Sue Got Married movie that the American duo of Jerry Leichtling and Arlene Surner wrote in the mid-1980s was sentimental but fun. That's also true of the musical now getting its premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The same writers have adapted their screenplay, Bob Gaudio has provided the tunes, Ruthie Henshall is the dissatisfied wife of the title and last night's audience clearly found the whole job-lot much to its taste. And why not? What gives a basically unoriginal piece the frisson of originality is that Peggy Sue becomes a time traveller... Gavin Lee is amusing as the ambitious nerd who sees fame and profit in her knowledge of the future, and Henshall herself, though less effective as the disillusioned adult, has all the vitality the 17-year-old needs. Moreover, she puts across Gaudio's music with energy and vocal expertise." The Times
"Another good film hits the musical stage, and this time they have made a really good job of Francis Coppola's 1986 movie... Bob Gaudio fashions 22 new songs with real pop gumption, and can also make them sting in a dramatic context... Sergio Trujillo's choreography creates the locker room and high school prom liveliness with witty, vibrant set-pieces, while Ruari Murchison's neat design cleverly reconstructs Ruthie Henshall's domestic childhood in pastel greens, New Age furniture and a cut-out of Dad's new grey car... The show has great energy and momentum, and Peggy Sue's men are notably well played and sung by Andrew Kennedy as Charlie, Tim Hower as Michael and Gavin Lee as her nerdy confidant. For the clean-cut firecracker Ruth's herself, the night is a triumph, finding fun in future talk, poignancy in her own past and added power in her lungs for a succession of big emotional musical outbursts." The Daily Mail
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.