Tuner brings gay twist to Cinderella story

LONDON — “Soho Cinders,” a contempo-themed tuner from composer/lyricist team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (“Mary Poppins,” “Betty Blue Eyes”), will receive its world premiere at off-West End venue Soho Theater this summer.

The book by Drewe and Elliot Davis brings a gay twist to the traditional Cinderella story with an impoverished student becoming romantically involved with a mayoral candidate. Helmed by Jonathan Butterell with choreography by Drew McOnie, the production is designed by Morgan Large and lit by Hugh Vanstone, Tony-nommed for “Ghost.” Olivier-winner Jenna Russell (“Sunday in the Park With George”) stars with Michael Xavier.

Produced by Soho Cinders Ltd, Jamie Hendry Productions, Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions, Neil Marcus and Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for the Booking Office in association with Soho Theater, the show runs Aug 2-Sept. 9.

The following month, Kander and Ebb’s tuner “Cabaret” returns to the West End in a revival of the 2006 production by Brit helmer Rufus Norris (“London Road”). Norris’ screen debut “Broken” has just opened the Critics’ Week section at Cannes.

Produced by Bill Kenwright and opening at the Savoy Theater for a limited season following a four-week tour, the show marks the tuner debut of best-selling Brit recording artist Will Young in the role of the Emcee.

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