The Tailor Made Man is the true story of William Haines, the silent screen star who was fired by MGM Studios because he was gay and refused give up his lifelong partner Jimmy Shields.
The new musical receives its world premiere at the Arts Theatre in London in 2013. It stars Faye Tozer as Marion Davies and Dylan Turner as William Haines.
In 1930, William “Billy” Haines was one of MGM's most idolised male stars, second only to John Gilbert. On screen he was tailor-made to get the girl in the last reel. On the back lot he cruised every bit player and stagehand in sight. Billy lived openly with his lover and former stand-in Jimmy Shields. This was tolerated by the studio until rumours started to seep out into the wider world. Louis B Mayer ordered him to marry the sultry silent screen vamp Pola Negri. Billy refused and so Louis B Mayer fired him.
Billy's defiance of the studio led to his second and even more successful career as an interior designer to the stars.
The Tailor Made Man is a powerful story about Hollywood and its system and hypocrisy, but above all it is the story of Billy and Jimmy's turbulent, passionate love affair that survived and lasted more than 50 years.
Faye Tozer is a member of Brit award-winning pop group Steps, who have recently successfully reformed with a No 1 album, sell-out tour and a hit television show. She made her musical theatre debut in the tour of Tell Me on a Sunday. Subsequent theatre tours have included Love Shack, Me and My Girl, Dial M for Murder and Over the Rainbow. She made her West End theatre debut in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens.
Dylan Turner's West End theatre career includes roles in Chariots of Fire, Rock of Ages, Life is a Dream, Mamma Mia! and Grease, as well as the UK tours of Chicago and Footloose.
- Mike McShane, Faye Tozer, Dylan Turner
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