‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, the classic tale of Holly Golightly written by Truman Capote and so memorably portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic 1961 film, has been given a new lease of life as a stage play with music in a sparkling, sophisticated production starring Pixie Lott as Holly, Matt Barber as Fred and Victor McGuire as Joe Bell.
Adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg and directed by Nikolai Foster, this tale of vivacious, good-time girl Holly Golightly and her fantastical existence in 1940s New York City, is told through the eyes of a young writer, completely fascinated by this exquisite extrovert who every woman wants to be, and every man wants to be with.
The show is produced by Colin Ingram and Leicester's Curve theatre, where it started life, before commencing a uk tour and a twelve week stint in the West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Now Breakfast at Tiffany's is back on tour with Georgia May Foote in the leading role of Holly Golightly.
The production features a new Grant Olding score alongside three songs performed by Holly on acoustic guitar. Grant arranged new versions of the Mancini/Mercer classic Moon River, People Will Say We're in Love from Oklahoma and then wrote a completely new song for the show to allow the audience a rare glimpse of the real Holly Golightly, or should that be LullaMae Barnes? Hold Up My Dyin' Day is a plaintive country ballad, sung by a Holly when she's struggling with the mean reds. You can hear Pixie performing the song below.
"Pixie Lott, who thrums a mean guitar, is a musician to her fingertips. It is no surprise that Lott appears fully relaxed when she sings the numbers that Grant Olding has carefully woven into the text."
"Pixie Lott brings verve and musicality to the glamorous enigma of Holly Golightly, , with admirably conflicted support from Matt Barber"
"Of course, having a singer play the part means the production is on to a winner with the Henry Mancini classic Moon River and Lott performs it well, giving it a more bluesy feel than Hepburn that fits the mood."
"there was never going to be any doubt over whether Ms Lott can sing: her naturally soulful voice, teamed with a country twang for the show, is an appealing, raw and surprisingly glorious combination."