One of the greatest British feel-good musicals of all time is heading to Northampton.
Stepping Out – The Musical, from White Cobra, arrives at The Deco for one night only on Fri 1 November.
Originally a play by Richard Harris, it tells the story of a group of nine women and one man who come together, one night a week, every week, at a tap dancing class. After weeks of working through their “Step Ball Changes” and their “Cramp Rolls”, the group gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform in front of a live audience!
It is a classic story of underdogs coming together to defy the odds and put on the show of their lives. When it was originally staged in London’s West End, it won The Evening Standard Comedy of the year award, and it went on to play to sell out audiences on Broadway. It was also made into a feature film starring Liza Minnelli, and Julie Walters whose performance earned her a BAFTA nomination.
Twelve years after its initial run, Stepping Out was revived as a musical with words and music by Mary Stewart-David and Denis King. Its most recent revival in the West End was just last year with a stellar cast headed up by Amanda Holden and Tamzin Outhwaite.
Director Ian Spiby says “Although it is very much a comedy, the strength of the piece lies in the wonderful characters we meet, and as the play continues we discover their back stories and get the chance to devolve into their personal lives, and as you would expect to all of them are particularly happy.”
White Cobra‘s cast includes Victoria Miles as Mavis, Jude Wilton as Mrs Fraser, Mo Shapiro as Dorothy, Sam Harrison as Lynne, Vicky Kelly as Sylvia, Liz Clarke as Andy, Kate Billingham as Vera, Patsy Wright as Rose, Lynne O’Sullivan as Maxine, Richard Jordan as Geoffrey and Fraser Haines as Man.
Littered with catchy tunes you’ll walk out humming, will the characters manage to triumph over adversity and in some cases at least two left feet as the night of the big performance gets ever nearer?!
Stepping Out The Musical is on at The Deco Theatre, Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE on Friday 1 November at 7.30pm, Tickets, priced from £12 each are available by calling 01604 622749 or visiting https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/stepping-out/
The show is also on tour – find out more on the White Cobra website