It’s wonderful for Connie as she returns to the stage

Wonderful Town, starring Connie Fisher, is at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from May 29-June 2.
Wonderful Town, starring Connie Fisher, is at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from May 29-June 2.
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Famed for winning the BBC talent show, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, and going on to play the starring role of Maria in The Sound Of Music, Connie Fisher is well-known to musical theatre fans.

A former Pizza Express worker, she’s now gone on to star in a new musical production of Wonderful Town.

It features music by Leonard Bernstein, the American composer who also wrote the music for West Side Story, On The Town and Candide.

Directed by Braham Murray, it arrives at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from May 29 until June 2.

Connie plays aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, who arrives in New York with her beautiful younger sister Eileen. The pair meet an array of colourful characters along the way, creating chaos at every turn in their search for romance, success and a free meal from Walgreen’s deli.

Wonderful Town first premiered in New York in 1953 where it won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The 2003 revival also won further Tony and Drama Desk Awards, and it was last performed in London’s West End in 1986.

Also starring in the production is Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier and Lucy Van Gasse.

Director Braham Murray says ‘To direct a great musical with a fabulous orchestra and world renowned conductor is a dream come true. There is only one word to describe it; wonderful.’

Tickets cost £15 to £38 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.