Robert Hudson has co-written the book for a musical adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s classic novel A Damsel in Distress, with songs by George and Ira Gershwin. The show has just opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre to glowing reviews.
A Damsel in Distress tells the story of George Bevan, an American composer staying in London to oversee the transfer of his hit musical from Broadway to the West End. He’s trying to add some new artistic credibility to his previously populist romp when Maud Marshmoreton bursts into his theatre. Sparks fly, but if George and Maud be are to be together, they’ll have to overcome the attentions of Maud’s aunt, the formidable Lady Caroline, and her ditzy son Reggie.
Robert’s musical runs until 27th June, and has received excellent reviews across the board:
‘This is an evening of sheer, evanescent summer fun.’ **** The Telegraph
‘Another canny triumph for Chichester’s creative team.’ **** Financial Times
‘A fizzing, fabulous summer treat of a show that should warm up the winter, too, when it transfers (as it must) to the West End.’ **** The Stage
‘There are perhaps only two words for this show: one is delightful and the other is ditzy.’ **** Daily Mail
‘If there is justice, it will transfer to the West End. It is as good as Crazy For You or Singing In The Rain, better than Top Hat and much, much better than High Society.’ ***** British Theatre