Ballroom the musical is finally to have its European Premiere this May with a production that is to star Jessica Martin at Waterloo East Theatre.
Ballroom the musical was developed for Broadway by Tony Award-winning director Michael Bennett ( A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls) based on the CBS television movie The Queen Of The Stardust Ballroom. Ballroom has a book by Jerome Kass, music by Billy Goldberg and lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The Broadway production was nominated for 7 Drama Desk Awards and 9 Tony Awards.
Bea Asher who, having lost her beloved husband Morrie, opens a thrift shop that amounts to an ongoing garage sale of her own belongings. When her friend Angie urges her to get out of the shop and start living again by suggesting that she visit the local Brooklyn dance hall, Bea agrees and begins life anew at the Stardust Ballroom. There she meets middle-aged mailman Alfred Rossi and falls in love again. Her dream of a happily-ever-after relationship is shattered when she discovers Alfred hasn't been as honest about his personal life as she thought, but having found a new life and love decides that “fifty percent” of someone you love is better than “all of anybody else”.
Jessica Martin will take on the role of Bea Asher, a role originally created by Dorothy Loudon on Broadway. Jessica's West End credits include Me and My Girl, Mack And Mabel, Marguerite and Elf.
Ballroom will be presented at Waterloo East Theatre from 12 May to 4 June 2017.