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|Lloyd Webber Pulls it Off
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DAISY PULLS IT OFF previews tomorrow at the Lyric theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Denise Deegan's spoof of the war-time girls' stories is being produced by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the impresario behind stage hits like Cats and Starlight Express.
On his first venture from musicals into the realms of text-based theatre, Lloyd Webber collaborates with Clear Channel, the savvy American producers of musical and theatrical events. He has also hired David Milmore as director, the man who devised the original 1980s ensemble production. No doubt Webber will be hoping to rekindle the show's original success when it was first presented at the Gielgud Theatre twenty years ago, earning Denise Deegan an Olivier and running for three years.
The play follows the fortunes of Daisy Meredith and the madcap Trixie as the elementary schoolgirls struggle to overcome snobbish prejudices from jealous rivals. With resolutely English candour, Daisy Pulls it Off shows how two plucky girls save their beloved school from financial ruin. The show may be a resolutely British affair, but if Webber is lucky the play will still be running when his Bollywoodtastic Bombay Dreams opens in June.