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Lulu joins the cast of 42nd Street in the iconic role of Dorothy Brock

Lulu. Photo by Matt Crockett

Casting news

LULU is returning to the West End stage after 30 years to join the cast of 42nd Street, which is currently booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until October 20, 2018.

She will take over the iconic role of Dorothy Brock from March 19.

Lulu made her acting debut at the age of 16, starring with Sidney Poitier in the unforgettable To Sir With Love – and taking the title song to Number One in the US for five weeks. Since then she has never been away from the spotlight as an actress, singer, song-writer and businesswoman. She has worked with some of the greatest musical talents of our time, among them Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Beatles and David Bowie.

She made her West End theatre debut in the Richard Eyre National Theatre production of Guys & Dolls, starred in Peter Pan, played Tom Courtenay’s wife in Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, performed successfully in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Song & Dance and gained rave reviews for stepping into Julie Walters’ shoes in the much-loved Adrian Mole TV series. She also recently showcased her comedic skills in the cult comedy film, Absolutely Fabulous.

Lulu’s career highlights include the unforgettable Shout, her Bowie collaboration The Man Who Sold the World, a Bond theme song and a Number One with Take That. A multi award-winning artist, she also received Ivor Novello and Grammy nominations for the world wide hit she penned for Tina Turner, I Don’t Wanna Fight, and she is an OBE.

She has just completed a 44 date, sell-out tour of the UK and in 2017 toured Australia and the US with her band. Her most recent, self-penned album Making Life Rhyme, garnered the best reviews of her career.

Also joining the cast of 42nd Street as Billy Lawlor is Ashley Day, who performed the role of Jerry Mulligan in the recent West End production of An American in Paris. His other theatrical credits include Kiss Me Kate (Opera North), Oklahoma! (National Tour), The Book of Mormon (West End), The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), High School Musical (National Tour), On the Town (English National Opera), Evita (West End), Mary Poppins (West End), Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker (Sadler’s Wells) and Oliver! (West End).

The role of Julian Marsh will continue to be performed by Tom Lister, who played Carl King in Emmerdale for eight years and recently starred as Wild Bill Hickok in the UK Tour of Calamity Jane.

Clare Halse, whose performances have been hailed as ‘outstanding’ will continue as Peggy Sawyer. She most recently appeared in the acclaimed production of Gypsy as Marjorie May at the Savoy Theatre.

The cast also includes Jasna Ivir (as Maggie Jones), Graeme Henderson (Andy Lee), Christopher Howell (Bert Barry), Bruce Montague (Abner Dillon), Mark McKerracher (Mac/Doc/Thug) and Emma Caffrey (Anytime Annie). Matthew Goodgame joins as Pat Denning.

42nd Street is directed by the show’s co-author Mark Bramble, who has also directed many previous award-winning productions of the show on Broadway and around the world. Bramble’s other hit shows include Barnum, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers and The Grand Tour.

42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You, and of course 42nd Street.