‘Miss Nightingale’ the hit musical set in 1940s London from local writer and the musical director of Cast’s pantomime Cinderella Matthew Bugg, comes to Cast on Thursday April 10, 7.30pm.
The show is set in London 1942, when times are tough and rationing is starting to bite. Feisty northern singer Maggie and her refugee songwriter, George, struggle to find their big break. She longs for the bright lights. He’s hiding a dark secret in the shadows.
Everything changes when they are picked up by wealthy man-about-town Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe. He needs a new act for his nightclub and transforms Maggie into the satirical music hall star ‘Miss Nightingale’. Her outrageous costumes, saucy songs and racy love life create a scandal, making her the toast of London.
But out of the spotlight there lurks a threat more devastating than The Blitz.
Miss Nightingale the Musical is a gorgeous, glamorous, feel-good story of love, loss and hope. The show is performed by a talented cast of actor-musicians. It features Matthew Bugg’s critically acclaimed original songs, from hilarious tongue-in-cheek numbers to tender ballads, which wonderfully capture the glorious spirit of the 1940s. A time when danger lurked around every corner and the best you could do was live each day as if it was your last.
Miss Nightingale the Musical is written by leading theatre composer Matthew Bugg. His work has been heard in theatres across the UK and in the West End. His recent productions includes: Black Coffee, Volcano, Barefoot in the Park, Go Back for Murder, Quartet, Some Like it Hotter, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Murder of the Nile, Polygraph, The Father, League of Youth, Three Men in a Boat, and The Handyman.
The role of ‘Maggie/Miss Nightingale’ is played by Jill Cardo. Her theatre work includes: Carnaby Street The Musical (National Tour); The Hired Man (Mercury, Colchester & Leicester Curve); Venus/Mars (Old Red Lion Theatre); A Government Inspector (Northern Broadsides); Twelfth Night (Minack, Cornwall); Sweet Charity (Belfast MAC); Alice In Wonderland (New Vic, Stoke); Carmen and Marlene (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Xeno’s Tortoise (Theatre Jemilda); Cabaret Chekhov (Edinburgh Fringe); A Chorus of Disapproval (New Wolsey, Ipswich & Mercury, Colchester). Her television includes: Monroe (ITV). As a 2008 Carleton Hobbs Bursary winner, Jill spent six months with the BBC Radio Rep and has since returned for a number of productions. She also voices Wanda and Michelle in Compost Corner for CITV.
The show is directed by Peter Rowe. He is Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, where his productions include: Our House, The Beggars’ Opera, Mods And Rox, Sweeney Todd, Double Indemnity, A Family Affair, A Mad World My Masters, The Good Companions, Neville’s Island, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Vincent in Brixton, Blues in the Night, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus of Disapproval, Noises Off, Up on the Roof, and Guys and Dolls. He directed Boyband and Return to the Forbidden Planet for the West End and national tours, together with his own musical, Leader of the Pack. He is also well known across the country for his hugely successful rock ‘n’ roll pantomimes.