Return for Bugg’s burlesque Nightingale

Matthew Bugg's show 'Miss Nightingale - the burlesque musical'

Matthew Bugg's show 'Miss Nightingale - the burlesque musical'

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AN acclaimed new musical by Sheffield composer Matthew Bugg is set to return for a ten-week UK tour this Summer.

AN acclaimed new musical by Sheffield composer Matthew Bugg is set to return for a ten-week UK tour this Summer.

Composer Matthew Bugg

Composer Matthew Bugg

Miss Nightingale - the burlesque musical tells a gripping love story set in war-torn 1940s London.

An abridged version of the show was staged at the start of 2011 and proved a huge success – selling out its run at the Lowry, Salford, and becoming the best-selling last night show at the King’s Head Theatre, London. It also received plaudits from the national critics. Libby Purvis of The Times said, “Its theatrical roots spread from Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret to new burlesque, with a dash of Design For Living, and touches of Rattigan angst and echoes of many a nightclubby, Blitzy, wartime, blackout romance of gin, gents and garter belts. The book is good, the story absorbing - the songs are terrific.” And What’s on Stage described it as “a captivating love story” and said that, “Matthew Bugg’s music and lyrics brilliantly evoke 1940s Britain.”

The musical tells the story of hard-working nurse Maggie Brown who dreams of showgirl fame.

With her songwriter, George, a Jewish refugee, she auditions at every night club and cabaret bar. But nobody wants their act. Their luck and lives change when they meet the charmingly wealthy Sir Frank. Suddenly the mysterious Miss Nightingale explodes onto the stage. Feathers are ruffled by her scandalous exploits, outfits and songs and she takes the West End by storm. But out of the spotlight, sexual tensions threaten to reveal secrets far more explosive than the bombs of the Blitz.

Miss Nightingale - the burlesque musical brings the vintage-style glamour, sounds and sex scandals of the 1940s thrillingly to life. The show features 20 original songs and a cast of actor-musicians under the direction of Pete Rowe.

In the title role is award-winning burlesque sensation Amber Topaz. The Rotherham-born performer started her career in West End musicals (including leads in The Canterville Ghost and Les Miserables), film (Pigalle) and TV (London’s Burning and Star Street), before razzle-dazzling her way to international burlesque stardom. She has performed her award-winning act for fashion icons, rock royalty and leading politicians.

The show’s creator, Matthew Bugg, is a composer specialising in music for theatre, who was born and still lives in Sheffield. He has written music for productions at theatres across the UK and in the West End, including Volcano, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Polygraph and The Handyman.

Miss Nightingale tours to Ipswich, Peterborough, Guildford, Southampton, Malvern, Worthing, Windsor, Salford and Cheltenham in May and June..