The numerous songs Doris Day contributed to the Great American Songbook, and the largely untold story of her personal struggle to fulfil her lifelong desire for a loving and happy family, will capture the hearts of theatre goers across the generations and the continents.
The writer, Claudette Williams, has been involved with new play development for more than 20 years as an actor, producer and dramaturge. Prior to coming to London, she was the Executive Director of a festival of new Canadian works in Toronto for 5 years. She is currently producing New American Voices, a festival of new American works produced in London. Day After Day, is the first musical the Toronto native has written for the stage.
It is Ms. Williams’ intention to tell this beautiful and touching story through the lyrics of the Doris Day songbook. Most theatregoers don’t realise how extensive the Doris Day songbook is, and they will be surprised to remember the famous songs that were originally recorded by her. However, this is not just a stroll down memory lane. The songs act as Doris’s inner world and they give the audience an insight into the depth of pain Doris has suffered and the strength of character she has developed as a result of it.
Claudette Williams intends to produce an A-list run of Day After Day, initially in either Chicago or Toronto with the expectation that the production will eventually move to Broadway or the West End. Upon a successful run on Broadway, a national tour of the US is expected to be put in place.
Ms Williams is currently seeking investment to be used for the A-list production along with attaching A-list creative heads and stars.
Claudette Williams - Author
London based Claudette Williams has been involved with new play development for more than 20 years as an actor, producer and dramaturge. Claudette trained at the Banff International Centre for the Performing Arts and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She studied Writing and Producing for Television at the South Alberta Institute of Technology and spent many years in television production.
Prior to coming to London, as well as being very active in the Toronto theatre scene, she was the Executive Producer of a festival of new Canadian works in Toronto for 3 years called New Ideas. As well as working on other writing projects, Claudette is currently the Producer of New American Voices, a festival of new American works produced in London.
Claudette is a PRINCE2 Practitioner Project Manager and works free-lance on a variety of projects.
Day After Day, a new musical play based on the life and career of Doris Day, is the first musical the Toronto native has written for the stage. She is currently collaborating with a composer on a new Children's Musical called Mine.
Philip Dale - IT
Philip retired as an IT Director for Deutsche Bank having gained an extensive background in trading and accounting systems for Exchange Traded Derivatives and Money Markets. During his career he provided consultancy services, project management, design, development, implementation and integration of global web-based electronic trading systems and accounting systems for numerous major UK and European banks and brokers.
He is now involved in local Parish government and the renovation of a 11th century Grade I listed Church.
Philip graduated from Waikato University, New Zealand in 1977 with a degree in Information Technology.