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 joining him on stage will be Martin Milnes.
Martin is one half of the musical comedy double act ‘Ferris & Milnes’, which performed “33 Sondheim Numbers In 5 Minutes” in Hey, Old Friends! at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Ferris & Milnes will next appear on April 26th and June 24th at the St James Studio, and have also performed at The Tower of London and The Pheasantry in Chelsea.
Martin’s one man show The Falsetto received five star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and has been the support act for Alistair McGowan. The Falsetto Sings Gilbert & Sullivan sold out for three seasons at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton and won an award at the Brighton Festival. In 2014 Martin appeared with Russell Grant in a two-man cabaret at The Pheasantry.
He directed the first professional revival of The Grand Duke at the Finborough Theatre; the London premiere of Gyles Brandreth and Julian Slade’s Now We Are Sixty at The King’s Head; and readings of JM Barrie’s Rosalind and The Will at The Park Theatre.
Performing credits include Mabel in A Motley Pair (Sky Arts); Joe in the UB40 musical Promises and Lies (Birmingham Rep); and Moose in Crazy For You (Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire).
Joining Martin and Tim will be Valerie Cutko 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.