‘Tomfoolery’ sings again in London

Revue features 28 Lehrer songs linked by a narrative

A revival of revue “Tomfoolery,” a West End hit in the 1980s, opens at London’s fringe Jermyn Street Theater on Jan. 24. It then tours to five other venues through March 5.

Cabaret artists Dillie Keane and Kit and the Widow (aka Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Richard Sisson) star, and Matthew Francis directs.

Adapted by Cameron Mackintosh for a 1980 production at the West End’s Criterion Theater, revue features 28 of Lehrer’s irreverent songs linked by a narrative. Included are such classics as “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” “The Masochism Tango” and “The Vatican Rag.”

Lehrer began writing satirical songs to entertain friends while a student at Harvard U. His first album, “Songs by Tom Lehrer,” was deemed too controversial for radio airplay in the U.S.; Lehrer released it on his own label in 1953 and it sold 370,000 copies. After gaining nationwide notoriety in the ’60s, Lehrer tired of touring and retired from showbiz.