Sweet Smell of Success with David Bamber at Arcola


Sweet Smell of Success, with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Craig Carnelia, book by John Guare, based on the 1957 Hollywood film Sweet Smell of Success, at the Arcola Studio 1, in east London, from 9 Nov to 22 Dec 2012.

Starring David Bamber (JJ Hunsecker), Adrian der Gregorian (Sidney Falcone), Caroline Keiff (Susan), Stuart Matthew Price (Dallas), Celia Graham (Rita).

Directed by Mehmet Ergen, designed by Ed Borgnis, lighting by David Howe, choreography by Nathan M. Wright, sound by Ed Borgnis, musical director is Bob Broad.

It’s New York, 1952. Welcome to Broadway, the glamour capital of the universe. JJ Hunsecker rules it all with his daily gossip column in the New York Globe, syndicated to 60 million readers across America. JJ has the goods on everyone, from the President to the latest starlet. And everyone feeds JJ scandal, from FBI boss J Edgar Hoover and Senator Joe McCarthy down to a battalion of hungry press agents who attach their news to a client that JJ might plug. You’re no one if you’re not in JJ. You can become no one if JJ turns on you. But things take a highly personal turn when JJ uses his connections to ruin his own sister Susan's relationship with a man he thinks is inappropriate.

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