Calamity Jane, the rip-roaring comedy musical with an Oscar-nominated score, will have audiences shouting from the highest hills from 14 to 17 October as Tamworth Arts Club performs this thigh-slapping musical at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.
Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her longstanding enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense and realise her secret love.
Jenny Jennings, who has been with the club for 18 years, takes on the title role. Over the years she has played numerous roles, including Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde. Andrew Gilman stars in the role of Wild Bill and has previously performed as Max in The Sound of Music, Fagin in Oliver, Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, Tony in West Side Story and Curly in Oklahoma. As Calamity's love interest, the heroic Lieutenant Danny Gilman is Adam Gregory. Gregory has been with TAC since 2009 and has had the honour of playing roles including Will Parker in Oklahoma, Riff in West Side Story, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Beast/Prince in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and the voice of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.
Other lead roles in the show include Nicola Downs who plays love rival Katie Brown, Connor Brooks as the actor Francis Fryer, Peter Wilkes as saloon owner Henry Miller, Natasha Beckett as Henry’s niece Susan and Leanne Smith as sought after showgirl Adelaide Adams. All are ably supported by a large chorus and a live orchestra.
The show is being directed by Martyn Cotterill, who previously directed West Side Story. He is joined on the production team for the first time by Claire Chandler, as assistant director, and choreographer Emily Carroll.
Tamworth Arts Club’s Laura Whitehouse said:
“Having done the ‘80s dance show Footloose in October 2014 and the darkly humorous Sweeney Todd in April 2015, it was time to go back to some classical musical theatre. Calamity Jane is a family favourite that has great songs and dances including Higher than A Hawk, Windy City, Black Hills of Dakota, Whip Crack Away and the award-winning Secret Love. It is rip-roaring comedy that should brighten everyone’s day and who doesn’t need their day brightening in dreary October?"
The show opens on 14 October at 7.30pm and runs to Saturday 17 with a matinee at 2.30pm and evening performance. The Saturday night is also British Sign Language interpreted.
Tickets are available through the Tamworth Assembly Rooms website here and also on the booking line 01827 709618.
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