"Simply Heavenly" Clarke Peters joins show as 'Melon'

"Simply Heavenly" Clarke Peters joins show as 'Melon'

Clarke Peters has taken over the role of 'Melon' and Melanie Marshall as 'Miss Mamie' in the Young Vic Theatre production of Simply Heavenly, at the Trafalgar Studios. Rhashan Stone continues to feature as 'Simple'

Ruby Turner will return to play Miss Mamie from 3 January 2005 and Clive Rowe will return to the role of Melon from 17 January 2005.

Simply Heavenly opened at the Trafalgar Studios on 25 Oct 2004, following previews from 15 Oct, to good notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Infectious pleasure."LYNN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "Not heavenly, but rather nice." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, " I enjoyed the piece even more than when I saw it at the Young Vic last year." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The warmest, most touching and vibrantly performed musical on the London stage."

This musical comedy, which is currently booking to 5 March 2005, has book and lyrics by Langston Hughes and music by David Martin. It is directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Paul Anderson, choreography by Paul J Medford and sound by Nick Lidster. It is produced by The Ambassador Theatre Group, Broadway Partners and Incidental Colman.

Jesse B Semple is a hardworking man, often down on his luck, with an expensive divorce looming. He has a good woman to love but is tempted by the local siren and even more so by the neighbourhood bar. Life is very complicated!

Clarke Peters extensive theatre work includes "Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story" at the Garrick in 1995; "Guys and Dolls" at the National in 1996; "Chicago" at the Adelphi in 1997; "The Witches of Eastwick" at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2001; "Mourning Becomes Electra" at the Lyttelton, NT in 2003.

Melanie Marshall, has been playing the part of 'Miss Mamie' at certain performances and playing the part of Madam Butler at other times. Her theatre work includes "Soul Train" at the Victoria Palace in 1999 and "Ain't Misbehavin" for the Tricycle & Lyric Theatres inm 1994/95

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