By Mark Shenton
06 Jul 2012
Originally premiered at the West End's Shaftesbury Avenue in 2006, where it ran for six months (including over a month's worth of previews), it has since played seasons in Berlin, the Netherlands and in Majorca. The production will star Jane McDonald as Ma Baker and Sheila Ferguson as Pearl.
In the show, "young Sunny comes to London from Jamaica as a boy with his head filled with dance and music. After meeting a young Rose on his arrival, years later a dance competition brings them back together again, but with it an old conflict between their mothers (Pearl & Ma Baker) - centred around the local king of dance 'Daddy Cool' and which threatens the growing love between Sunny and Rose."
The score features such songs as "Sunny," "Mary's Boychild," "Rasputin," "Brown Girl In The Ring," "Ma Baker," "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You," "Girl You Know It's True," "Sweet Dreams," "I Can’t Stand The Rain" and "Daddy Cool," amongst others.
McDonald, who came to prominence via her appearance on a real-life TV series "The Cruise" set on a cruiseship, is a best-selling recording artist. She co-presented ITV1’s "Loose Women" from 2004-2010 and after a break to concentrate on her music and a hugely successful national tour, rejoined the panel in January 2012. She has guest presented BBC1’s "National Lottery Show."
Ferguson rose to fame as the lead singer of The Three Degrees – the American Soul group of the 1970s whose hits included "When Will I See You Again." She has appeared in the West End and on tour in Soul Train, Always, Hot Flush and RESPECT! La Diva, as well as the extremely short-lived West End run of Behind the Iron Mask. In 2004 she was a contestant on the 4th series of ITV reality show, "I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!" and has also appeared on Channel 4's "Celebrity Five Go to… South Africa."
It is produced by Robert Mackintosh for Robert Mackintosh International Ltd and MEG, Albert Verlinde Entertainment and in association with The Booking Office.
For more details, visit www.daddycool-musical.com.