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Cast announced for Encores! 'Irma La Douce'

Tom Millward
Tom Millward



Tony Award nominee Rob McClure and Jennifer Bowles will star in the Encores! production of Irma La Douce, directed by John Doyle, at the New York City Center for seven performances from 07 May 2014 to 11 May 2014.

Irma La Douce will be the final show of the 2014 Encores! Season and it marks the first time that a non-American musical will be featured as part of the Encores! programme. It has music by Marguerite Monnot and English book and lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman, with original book and lyrics by Alexandre Breffort. The musical initially enjoyed a three-year run in Paris and transfers to London and finally Broadway, where it opened at the Plymouth Theatre on 29 September 1960.

Cast members Rob McClure and Jennifer Bowles will be joined by Sam Bolen, Allan Corduner, Ben Crawford, Stephen DeRosa, Ken Krugman, Zachary James and Chris Sullivan with Kurt Froman, Joseph Medeiros, Joseph Simeone and Manuel Stark.

The creative team also features choreography by Chase Brock and music direction by Rob Berman.

Synopsis: 'Irma La Douce is a successful prostitute, living in Paris. A poor law student, Nestor le Fripé, falls in love with her and is jealous of her clients. In order to keep her for himself, he assumes the disguise of a rich older man, 'Oscar', and takes many jobs. Finally no longer able to sustain his exhausting life, he 'kills' Oscar, is convicted of murder, and is transported to the Devil's Island penal colony. He escapes and returns to Paris, and proves that he is innocent to reunite with Irma.'

Bios:

Rob McClure (Nestor) was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in 2013 for the title role in 'Chaplin'. His other Broadway credits include 'Avenue Q' (2006-2009) and 'I'm Not Rappaport' (2002).

Jennifer Bowles (Irma) can currently be seen as 'The Acrobat' in 'Matilda The Musical' on Broadway. She was also part of the company for Green Day's 'American Idiot', which played Broadway's St. James Theatre from 2010 to 2011.

John Doyle (Director) won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical in 2006 for 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.' His other Broadway credits include 'A Catered Affair' (2008) and 'Company' (2006), for which he also received a Tony nomination.

- by Tom Millward

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