Music by Stephen Keeling

Book by Shaun McKenna and Steven Dexter

Lyrics by Shaun McKenna

First performance at the Lyric Theatre 29th September 1997



"This musical is a real find"

John Peter, The Sunday Times

Based on the novel “Marion’s Wall” by Jack Finney “MADDIE” was originally workshopped at the National Theatre Rehearsal Studio in 1991 after Stephen was chosen to participate in Stephen Sondheim’s Oxford Masterclass in 1990. Stephen and Shaun McKenna started work on the show in 1989 with Steven Dexter who had the idea for the show. A half-hour presentation in Oxford and later at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells (at the conclusion of the Sondheim Masterclass period) proved highly successful and attracted the attention of producer Kenny Wax who fell in love with the show. Kenny resolved to produce "MADDIE".


The first full production opened at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1996 and got rave reviews. A year later the show transferred to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue where it received excellent reviews and starred Summer Rognlie as Maddie/Jan, Graham Bickley as Nick, Lynda Baron as Mrs Van Arc and Kevin Colson as Al. Directed by Martin Connor with musical supervision by Martin Lowe and orchestrated by Caroline Humphris. Stage Door Records released the critically acclaimed 20th anniversay deluxe edition of the London cast album with 3 new 2016 songs and 25 unreleased tracks. The sheet music for some songs is available on SCORE EXCHANGE.


MADDIE” concerns the ghost of a long dead flapper, Madeleine (Maddie) Marsh who was tragically killed on the way to do a screen taste for Cecil B DeMille. Maddie was on her way to becoming a huge star. Her ghost is disturbed by a young couple, Nick and Jan Cheyney who move into her old apartment in 1980’s San Francisco and uncover Maddie’s last message scrawled on the wall “Madeleine Marsh, June 1926-read it and weep!” Possessing the body of Jan, Maddie once again sets out to have the career she was denied. Along the way she causes mayhem by seducing Nick, humiliating the formidable Cordelia Van Arc at a fundraiser and utterly ruining Jan’s life. It is only when she comes face to face with her old love and former accompanist, Al Turner now an old man, that she begins to question what she’s doing. Al persuades her to leave and Maddie agrees. But then she sees a film in colour with sound...



“This musical is a real find” John Peter, The Sunday Times  

“Music propels this well carpentered fairy-tale into another dimension see-sawing between dreamy lyricism and driving rhythms. Keeling’s score does all that’s needed to lift the show into a magical zone” and “In Mckenna’s lyrics as much as in the score, Sondheim rubs shoulders with Jerome Kern” Irving Wardle, The Sunday Telegraph

“Stephen Keeling’s tuneful score ranges from full-blown showbiz anthems to gentle love songs” and "the show we've been waiting for" Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph

"Stephen Keeling's music is crisp and beguiling.." The Sunday Times