Doodle- The Musical! is a new all-singing all-dancing comedy musical written by American Idol’s Andy Street and actor Jonathan Kydd, and directed by Olivier award nominee Jonathan Moore. The show is a loving pastiche of World War II action movies, with cameo impersonations including Charles Bronson, David Niven, and Sam Kydd, Jonathan’s father, who was in 240 films between 1945 and 1982 (more than any other English actor) in dozens of which he played members of the armed forces.
It is the year 1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany. Barnes Wallis, the eventual inventor of the world famous Bouncing Bomb (as featured in the film The Dam Busters – you know, the black and white one where the bomb bounces into the dams?) is kidnapped by the Nazis to build them a Bouncing Submarine. Consequently, a Z team of not-very-good misfits, (like in The Dirty Dozen) including a Mexican cigar salesman, a Sherlock Holmes impersonator, and a ventriloquist is recruited to go on a secret mission to discover whether the threat is real – or just a ridiculous joke. Once they’re on their way, it’s discovered that the threat is so serious, it has the potential to lose Britain the war. (CUE HUGE DOOM LADEN CHORD)
The cast of Doodle The Musical includes Susanna Kempner, Paul Croft, Reggie Oliver, Luke Farrugia, Evan Boutsov, Sebastian Kainth, Paul Ryan, Paul Storrier, Conor Cool and Michael Sadler.
Andy Street, the writer of the music, has composed for TV programmes in over 100 countries. He won an Emmy for the song Madeleine in 2003, was a mentor & associate Musical Director on American Idol, and was recently the MD on Last Laugh in Vegas, the new variety show to be seen on ITV1 on Saturday nights from March.
Director Jonathan Moore has just been working on Invention of Morel (which he co-wrote). He also directed and co-wrote the opera Greek (Munich Biennale and ENO) for which he was nominated for an Olivier. He directed the film version for which he won the Royal Philarmonic Society Award.
Jonathan Kydd who wrote the book and lyrics, worked with Brian Conley (recently in Strictly Come Dancing) in the 90s, writing 25 comedy songs for the 3 series which is where he met Andy. He was Tom in the classic Kids series Pipkins. He’s also done much voice-over work, including Toy Story that Time Forgot, Mr Bean, Paddington Bear, Noddy, Assassin’s Creed, Harry Potter and major advertising campaigns like the original Ferrero Rocher Ambassador’s Reception commercial.
Doodle The Musical runs at Waterloo East Theatre from 11 – 28 January 2017.