Doodle – The Musical! is a new, all-singing and all-dancing, comedy musical coming to London’s Waterloo East this January, that pays homage to Blighty’s wartime action heroes.
Written by American Idol’s Andy Street and actor Jonathan Kydd the show is a loving pastiche of World War II action movies, with cameo impersonations of Charles Bronson, David Niven, and Sam Kydd, Jonathan’s father, who was in 240 films between 1945 and 1982 – more than any other English actor – dozens of which saw him play members of the armed forces.
It is the year 1940. Britain is at war with Nazi Germany. Barnes Wallis, the eventual inventor of the world famous Bouncing Bomb (as featured in the film The Dam Busters – you know, the black and white one where the bomb bounces into the dams?) is kidnapped by the Nazis to build them a Bouncing Submarine.
Consequently, a Z team of not-very-good misfits, (like in The Dirty Dozen) including a Mexican cigar salesman, a Sherlock Holmes impersonator, and a ventriloquist, is recruited to go on a secret mission to discover whether the threat is real – or just a ridiculous joke.
Once they’re on their way, it’s discovered that the threat is so serious, it has the potential to lose Britain the war.
The cast is Suzanna Kempner, Paul Croft, Reggie Oliver, Luke Farrugia, Evan Boutsov, Sebastain Kainth, Paul Ryan, Paul Storrier, Conor Cook and Michael Sadler.
Andy Street, the writer of the music, has composed for TV programmes in over 100 countries and won an Emmy for the song Madeleine.
Jonathan Kydd who wrote the book and lyrics, has worked as a writer for with Brian Conley, and was Tom in the classic children’s TV series, Pipkins.
He’s also done voiceover work, including Toy Story that Time Forgot, Mr Bean, Paddington Bear, Noddy, Assassin’s Creed, Harry Potter and major advertising campaigns like the original Ferrero Rocher Ambassador’s Reception commercial.
Doodle – The Musical!, directed by Jonathan Moore, runs at Waterloo East Theatre, from January 11 – 28.