Beneath The Dress

‘Beneath The Dress’ Perhaps this is an honest reveal of the true Frankie Ruff! It is certainly more me than anything I’ve ever done. The songs are inspired by people I admire or situations I associate with or women who just simply love to entertain…

It has taken almost a lifetime to accumulate the experiences to create this show… It has been a little bud growing in my head and keeping me awake at night… Now is the time to let it grow!
Beneath the Dress Is created by me and my brother Matthew Ryan (well we did grow up together!) so how can I not love the opportunity to perform exactly what I feel like… something that is real and natural to me and there is no style of music that doesn’t touch me in some way.

I have a low concentration level and easily get bored so I wanted to create a show that is fast paced and keeps the audience on their toes and gives me the opportunity to take the audience on my crazy ride!

Come with me… Beneath the Dress!

Beneath the Dress Review

Recent reviews from New York:
Playbill.com Review
Theatre Pizzazz

 

Q and A for Whatsonstage.com

Tell us about the inspiration for Beneath the Dress.
Beneath the Dress 
Perhaps this is an honest reveal of the true Frankie Ruff! A musical journey that I hope will give people a better insight into the real me! It is certainly more me than anything I’ve ever done. The songs are inspired by people I admire or situations I associate with and women who simply love to entertain…

Why do it now? Is it something you’ve wanted to do for a long time?
It has taken almost a lifetime to accumulate the experiences to create this show… It has been a little bud growing in my head and keeping me awake at night… Now is the time to let it grow!

You’ve had a long and hugely successful career on the stage and in music, what have been your career highlights?
Cameron Macintosh’s phone call to me one Saturday morning telling me I was going to Broadway!

Can I really beat that one?… except winning the Tony too!

It was all so unexpected.. and so then a week later.. in true Frankie Ruff style I topped all that off with the announcement of the expectation of one of my best productions… my daughter!

I am very lucky and have enjoyed many highlights and mixed them all with bringing up three children… 4 solo albums and some great stage experiences.

What is it you love about Beneath the Dress compared to your past roles and productions?
Beneath the Dress Is created by me and my brother Matthew Ryan (well we did grow up together!) so how can I not love the opportunity to perform exactly what I feel like…and have the chance to perform something that is real …I’m very immediate and I work on instinct and what comes naturally. There is no style of music that doesn’t touch me in some way…and I love the opportunity to perform a show creating a party atmosphere in a theatre and take the audience on a musical rollercoaster. I have a low concentration level and easily get bored so I wanted to create a show that is fast paced and keeps the audience on their toes.

You’ve released a number of albums throughout your career, is this something you’d like to pursue full time or is it always musical theatre that has been your real passion?
Music in general is my passion and my love of songs with great meanings or stories… My latest album ’ Imperfectly Me ‘ is a collection of songs I have grown up with and is performed with a 16 piece big band.

So Beneath the Dress is really a look back at all the influences from your career, where do you go from here in the future?
My future? … I ll let that take care of itself!

 

 

 

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