Thursday, 3 June 2021

Nikki Bentley, Gina Murray and Noel Sullivan are to star in ‘Starting Here, Starting Now’ at the Waterloo East Theatre

West End stars Nikki Bentley (Elphaba in ‘Wicked’), Gina Murray (Donna in Mamma Mia!’) and Noel Sullivan (Dewey Finn in ‘School of Rock’) are to star in Maltby & Shire’s musical revue ‘Starting Here, Starting Now’.

The first production at Waterloo East Theatre since theatres closed 16 months ago, ‘Starting Here, Starting Now will run from Tuesday 29 June to Sunday 18 July.

From tender ballads to hysterical husband-hunting laments, and wry comments on trendy marriages to ecstatic shouting- from-the-rooftop celebration, Richard Matlby Jr. and David Shire’s, ‘Starting Here, Starting Now’ is a thrilling and touching musical revue that has an appealing freshness that has made it a perennial favourite throughout the world forover 45 years.

This bold, extroverted journey takes a cast of three through the maze of modern relationships with its heart firmly on its sleeve in a fast-moving, ingratiating look at how love can go right, wrong or nowhere. Exploring Matlby and Shire’s catalogue of songs from their various early musicals, produced or otherwise, we find each song an impeccably crafted story, original, engaging and bursting with character, showcasing the versatility and charisma of its performer. An evening of songs from an extraordinary musical writing partnership.

Creative team: Director: Gerald Armin, Musical Director: Inga Davis-Rutter

Gerald Armin said: “It has been a tough year for the industry and at times I felt were never going to open again, but we have survived, and I can’t wait to welcome audiences through our doors again as we bring back live theatre to the heart of Waterloo!”
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