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Michelle Ryan in Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre

Sunday, 27th May 2012  

Former EastEnders Actress Joins Will Young in the Upcoming Musical Revival in the West End

Earlier this week it was revealed that Will Young would be appearing in a new production of the hit musical “Cabaret”, which is set to land at the Savoy Theatre in October. Now further news has emerged regarding the production as Michelle Ryan has been cast in the role of Sally Bowles, making it her West End musical debut. The show is set to be directed by Rufus Norris, who directs this year’s “London Road” at the National Theatre, and will also hit regional theatres as part of a UK tour.

Michelle Ryan is best known for her portrayal of Zoe Slater in “EastEnders” from 2000 to 2005 though she has also taken on a wealth of other roles over the years as well. The most prominent of these is “Merlin” as Numueh, though other credits include “Doctor Who”, “Jekyll” and “Mr Eleven”, in addition to movies like “Cashback”, “Flick, “No Ordinary Trifle” and “Girl Walks into a Bar”, among others. Though “Cabaret” will be the first that audiences will have seen her take on a West End musical theatre role, she has previously appeared a show at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington.

In “Cabaret”, London theatre audiences are transported to the Berlin of the 1930s where characters attempt to get away from the Nazi regime. The focus is on the Kit Kat Club, a location that is just right for this task and inside there are many questionable characters. One of them is Sally Bowles, who is getting a lot of unwanted attention.

The musical production also features an array of popular songs and these include “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”, “Cabaret”, “Money Makes the World Go Round” and “Maybe This Time”, among others.

The show is also the West End debut of Will Young, best known for his appearance on the first series of “Pop Idol” and for albums like “Echoes” from 2011.

“Cabaret” appears from Wednesday 3rd October 2012, whilst “The Sunshine Boys”, starring Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths, continues at the venue until the end of July.

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