Next week, The Stephen Sondheim Society Presents… cabaret season kicks off at the Phoenix Artist Club in London’s West End, and in the run-up to the first event, we thought you’d like to be introduced to each of the guests starring in the show.
Our incomparable compère is Sondheim-regular Tim McArthur, ably assisted at the piano by MD David Harvey, and first up to join the gang will be Valerie Cutko.
Valerie’s West End roles include Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Madame Egorova in Beautiful and Damned, Marlene Dietrich in Piaf and The Queen of Transylvania in My Fair Lady (National Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall). She played Madame Giry in The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour), Mrs Mullin in Carousel at the Arcola Theatre, Ninotchka in Silk Stockings in a Sadler’s Wells’ concert staging, a role she reprised with an American cast in Manhattan, and Rafaella in Grand Hotel at the Southwark Playhouse, the role she took over in Tommy Tune’s original Broadway production.
Films include Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera. Television includes The Robinsons and Material Girl, and radio, Tales Of The City, The Midnight Cry Of The Deathbird and The Gobetweenies (all BBC).
Valerie wrote Eva and Eve, a winner of the Soho Theatre’s Westminster Prize for New Writing, and 9 Etudes, shortlisted for the same award. Her short play Windmill Street featured at the International Playwriting Festival at Croydon’s Warehouse Theatre, and her libretto and lyrics for the “jazz soliloquy” Who is Sinclair Nye? were praised by quarterly magazine Musical Stages as a “totally engrossing, beautifully written piece of theatre”.
An alumnus of the International Cabaret Conference at Yale, she was featured soloist in at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo and has performed in cabaret at Birdland, the St James Studio, Jermyn Street Theatre and Lauderdale House.
Joining Valerie and Tim will be Martin Milnes and Corrine Priest.
The Stephen Sondheim Society Presents… will be staged one Monday evening per month at the Phoenix Artist Club – the members bar beneath the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road. The club’s entrance is at 1 Phoenix Street, London WC2H 8BU. The cabaret will be a mix of Sondheim songs, new musical theatre writing and classics from the musical theatre songbook.
“Our remit is not just about celebrating Sondheim,” says the Sondheim Society chairman Craig Glenday. “We’ve asked Tim to programme Sondheim for 50% of the cabaret, but we’re also committed to championing new and emerging songwriters, and giving young performers the chance to sing in the West End. So expect to hear some new material, too, as well as the classic cabaret standards.”
The show starts at 7.30 pm for two hours and the first cabaret is Monday 11th April. Tickets are £15. To book a seat in this intimate cabaret space, please click here.