A hit musical co-produced by Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal has been voted into the ‘Top 100 Greatest Musicals of All Time’.
Miss Nightingale made it in at number 80 in the poll organised by leading entertainment website BritishTheatre.com which invited the public to nominate their five favourite musicals from both stage and screen.
The musical was recently co-produced in 2015 between writer Matthew Bugg’s company Mr Bugg Presents, Bury’s Theatre Royal, The New Wolsey Theatre and Cast Doncaster.
Last year’s version was directed by the Theatre Royal’s artistic director Karen Simpson.
She said: “I think it’s so exciting that a new musical which both the Theatre Royal and New Wolsey helped to nurture has had such an impact. To think that a home-grown, British musical could get into this prestigious list shows the power of the piece.
“As a director I felt hugely privileged to work with Matthew from the earliest drafts and to see it develop and grow to a full production, it’s witty, poignant, and entertaining, it’s a truly original piece.”
In the poll, it beat such musical theatre stalwarts as Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly!, Top Hat, Show Boat, Sister Act and The Wizard of Oz.
Set in 1940’s London, Miss Nightingale, which was first staged in 2011, is a moving comedy-drama commemorating the forgotten fate of gay men castigated as ‘the enemy within’ during the Second World War.
Mr Bugg said he was ‘thrilled, amazed and overwhelmed’ at the vote and they are working on ‘exciting’ plans for the show.
Read our review of Miss Nightingale here