Celebrating the career of the late great American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie, Woody Sez is set to make a big impression on London theatre audiences when it arrives at the Arts Theatre in 2011. The show originally appeared onstage back in 2007 when it made its premiere at that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and now it will provide London audiences with an opportunity to experience the music and the life of a renowned and influential artist.
“Woody Sez” is a compelling story, with David Lutken in the title role and a supporting cast made up of Darcie Deaville, Helen Russell and Andy Teirstein. The director is the regular Broadway contributor Nick Corley.
Both David Lutken and Nick Corley have a background in appearing in and directing Broadway productions. The former, ahead of his work putting together “Woody Sez” for audiences in the Scottish capital, had appeared in the likes of “The Will Rogers Follies”, “The Civil War” and “Inherit the Wind”, amongst other shows. Now, however, he embodies an American legend who inspired some of the best known musicians to come out of the woodworks for decades after he took his final bow.
Whether you are a fan of Johnny Cash or Bob Dylan, audiences owe a great deal of gratitude to their hero in Woody Guthrie, whose work can still be heard on a regular basis around the world. His life had its up and downs and he remained in the spotlight even as his death drew near in the 1960s, ensuring that music lovers around the world would remember him and that his work in the American folk movement would be enduring. So from classic songs such as “This Land is Your Land” to his album “Dust Bowl Ballads” he left behind a legacy that will live on, whether it is through his fans or through celebratory shows such as “Woody Sez”.
Director Nick Corley has been involved with the production since the early days of its progress, working alongside Lutken to get the music and the book in shape so that it could eventually find pride of place onstage. So now it arrives at the Arts Theatre, where it can join a West End scene that includes other jukebox musicals such as Jersey Boys and the ever-popular We Will Rock You.
Woody Sez is at the Arts Theatre from Thursday 13th January 2011 to Saturday 2nd April 2011.
|Booking From:||Friday, 1st January 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 2nd April 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday to Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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