One of the stars of the new musical ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ – playing in March at the Solihull Arts Complex – is Sarah Jurkowski who hails from Dickens Heath.
Sarah, who is part of Knowle Musical Society, is playing the role of Mme Defarge in the English premiere of the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story of two men in love with the same woman, two cities swept up in revolution and one last chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world.
This new Broadway musical premiered in America in 2007 and the Solihull cast have received a very special message of support from the writer of the successful Broadway musical, Jill Santoriello, after she saw a preview video of the cast on YouTube.
This week’s Solihull Observer reports that, in a personal message to the group, Jill, whose show was nominated for the prestigious Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Musical in 2009, said: “I was delighted to hear that A Tale of Two Cities would be given its English premiere by Knowle Musical Society.
“When I saw the preview video on You Tube I was so impressed that I actually looked into the possibility of coming over to see the production even though the dates crossed with another trip I’m already committed to in Canada. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it work but I really wish I could.
“The voices and acting I saw are top notch and I’m sure Knowle will do a brilliant job with the show. The costumes and wigs I’ve been seeing online look amazing too. This is clearly going to be a fantastic, first rate production. Good luck to everyone involved.”
Performances of Knowle Musical Society’s A Tale of Two Cities will take place at Solihull Arts Complex from March 10 to 15 every evening at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday.