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Face the Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub
All Star Productions will present the first UK production of forgotten Irving Berlin musical Face The Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub in Walthamstow, north-east London from 9 June to 3 July 2015, with an official opening on 12 June 2015.
Featuring music and lyrics by Irving Berlin with book by Moss Hart, this production will be based on the Encores! concert adaptation by David Ives. It will be directed by Brendan Matthew with choreography by Sally Brooks and musical direction by Aaron Clingham.
"Producer Hal Reisman desperately seeks backers for his Broadway show. Because of the Great Depression, once rich investors are "Lunching at the Automat". In his search, Reisman meets crooked policemen who need to get rid of their illegal money before they are found out. The corrupt police chief Martin van Buren Meshbesher and his eccentric wife Myrtle become investors in the show, expecting it to be a failure. However, when risqué material is added the show is raided and the government tries to close it and the flop becomes an instant hit because of the publicity."
Face The Music originally opened on Broadway in 1932, playing for 165 performances. Seventy years later the show was restored with an adaptation by David Ives for presentation at City Centre Encores! in New York. It features the Berlin songs 'Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee', 'Soft Lights and Sweet Music', 'Manhattan Madness', and 'I Say It's Spinach (and the Hell with It)'.