Hollywood star EWAN McGREGOR is taking a massive pay cut to star in a new
production of GUYS AND DOLLS on the London stage.
The Scottish actor has signed a six month contract to play gangster
playboy SKY MASTERSON in the classic 1950s musical which will open at the West
End's Piccadilly Theatre on 1 June (05).
The 34-year-old says, "I do find it daunting going back to live theatre
after movies. I can't wait but I'll really have to work hard to master the
McGregor's talent for singing first came to international attention
following his starring role in MOULIN ROUGE!, and his current co-stars are
impressed by his instinctive ability to master complex choreography during
Artistic director MICHAEL GRANDAGE says, "The big shock, or rather
surprise, is that we truthfully didn't know what Ewan's dancing skills were.
Sky Masterson can easily be played without too much dancing about.
"But we discovered he's a completely natural dancer so we're really going
to be using it. And he has a glorious voice."
McGregor last appeared on stage in the London Comedy Theatre's production
of LITTLE MALCOLM AND HIS STRUGGLE AGAINST THE EUNUCHS in 1999.
Grandage's Guys And Dolls production, which also stars ALLY McBEAL beauty
JANE KRAKOWSKI in her West End debut, will see DAMON RUNYON's musical return to
the London stage after a 23 year hiatus.