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Complete cast is Desperately Seeking Susan

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 18 April 2008

The full cast has been announced to join Emma Williams and Kelly Price in Desperately Seeking Susan, which opens at the Novello on 15 November (previews from 12 October).

Mark McGee, Alec Newman, Leanne Best and Jonathan Wrather are among those joining the cast of this new musical based on the cult 1985 film, which entwines the hits of 80s pop-rock band Blondie with the story of two women whose lives become tangled in New York City.

McGee, who plays Susan’s boyfriend Jay, has previously appeared in the West End in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Taboo, Starlight Express and Whistle Down The Wind. Newman (Des) appeared in The Soldier’s Fortune at the Young Vic and Plenty at the Albery (Noel Coward). Wrather (Gary) is known for playing Joe Carter in the soap Coronation Street, while Best (Leslie) has previously worked at the King’s Head.

The rest of the cast comprises Lucy Banfield, Matthew Boulton, Chloe Campbell, Matt Flint, Alex Gaumond, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Kaisa Hammarlund, Paul Hazel, Christine Holman, Steven Houghton, Toussaint Meghie, Twinnie-Lee Moore, Steven Serlin, Chris Piper, Laura Scott, Lincoln Stone and Gemma Whitelam.

Based on the 1985 film which starred Madonna and Patricia Arquette, Desperately Seeking Susan tells the story of Roberta Glass (Price), a bored suburban New Jersey housewife, who escapes her humdrum life by reading the personal ads placed by Susan (Williams), a street-smart New York City drifter, and her freewheeling boyfriend Jay. Through a quirky twist of fate, Roberta and Susan unexpectedly swap lives and are plunged into a madcap world of jewel heists, magic shows and rock ‘n’ roll.

The musical creates a soundtrack from the many hits of Debbie Harry and Blondie, including Call Me, Heart Of Glass, Rapture, One Way Or Another, Sunday Girl, The Tide Is High and Dreaming, plus a new song, Moment Of Truth, written especially for the show by Harry and Chris Stein.

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