Queen, a young girl from Savannah, and Fleetwood, a Vietnam vet with a drug habit, are trying to make it in a merciless New York. Queen is forced into part-time prostitution and ?The Life' describes how these two lovers move through this dark world until Queen is helped by her one true friend, an older more experienced hooker, Sonja, to make her escape. On this journey, we meet Memphis, the all-powerful king pimp, the girls he controls, Jojo, the hustler, who makes it all happen, and the fresh-faced Mary, straight off the bus from small town Minnesota, only too eager to embrace 'The Life'. UK PremierePerformers Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja), Cornell S. John (Memphis), John Addison, David Albury, Jalisa Andrews, Matthew Caputo, Lawrence Carmichael, Omari Douglas, Aisha Jawando, Thomas-Lee Kidd, Charlotte Reavey, Jo Servi, Lucinda Shaw, Johnathan Tweedie, T'Shan Williams, Joanna Woodward.
Music Cy Coleman. Lyrics Ira Gasman. Book by David Newman. Book by Ira Gasman. Book by Cy Coleman. Producer Amy Anzel. Producer Matt Chisling. Director Michael Blakemore. Design Justin Naardella. Costume Justin Nardella. Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves. Design Nina Dunn (video). Lighting David Howe. Musical Director Tamara Saringer. Director Anne Vosser (casting director).