Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blow to Madness after Show Is Forced to Close

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blow to Madness after Show Is Forced to Close

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Byline: LUKE LEITCH

THE closure of the musical Our House has shocked Madness lead singer Suggs.

The show, based on the group's career, is to close in August after only 10 months. A spokesman said: "Suggs and the rest of the band were closely involved in producing Our House, and it is terribly sad to see it close.

"It is Suggs's baby in many ways, and he has said how disappointing it would be if Our House were to end its West End run - after all it is a show about London, and London is its home."

The musical is to close even though it won the Best New Musical award at this year's Oliviers, enthusiastic audiences and rave reviews from the critics.

Only a few weeks ago Suggs said of the show: "You put so much of your heart into productions like this and if it was to close I would be absolutely gutted." The musical, which was also known as "A London Love Story", will now go on a national tour.

The story follows the fortunes of Everyman Joe and his girlfriend Sarah on the night he commits a petty crime to impress her - and gets spotted by the police. It uses lyrics and songs from Madness. Suggs even performed a limited run in the role of Joe's father. …

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