‘Last Night in Soho’ is a new musical with Poppy Montgomery and a younger detective

Actress Poppy Montgomery was a child actor making appearances on TV shows such as “Murder She Wrote” and “Silver Spoons.” Her next big show came on the big screen when she was cast as…

‘Last Night in Soho’ is a new musical with Poppy Montgomery and a younger detective

Actress Poppy Montgomery was a child actor making appearances on TV shows such as “Murder She Wrote” and “Silver Spoons.” Her next big show came on the big screen when she was cast as Jill Turner in “Touchback.” Montgomery would later appear in ABC’s “Army Wives” as Karen Regal, the patriarch’s secret mistress, and had a big role on CBS’ “Hostages” as Dr. Nicolette Nicoletti.

“Last Night in Soho” is a new musical based on the 1995 movie of the same name. The Tony Award-winning director of “Titanic,” James M. Lecesne, returns to D.C. to direct a world premiere production at Arena Stage. The show made its debut on Broadway in 2012. It has never been produced in Washington, though it was previously staged by Actor’s Equity in New York. Montgomery plays Mary, Joan’s (Nina Jacobson) tough and loving older sister. Jacobson returns to Arena Stage as Mary after a nine-year absence. Jacobson previously starred in Arena’s 2009 revival of “Reunion,” her biggest hit here.

Nick Stone is playing Mary. An American professional, he’s based in Los Angeles. After Mary tells her brother she’s his secret girl, he travels to Europe for a vacation. On the way, he falls in love with the hostess he’s hired to tend bar. The area of the show in which he falls in love has been changed from the original Broadway production. The producers have also included the story’s other actors in the cast. Jess McGrew portrays Mary’s older sister, Jill, and Linda Pearson is Joan. Ryan Hurd portrays Anna, Joan’s daughter and a scholarship student at Oxford.

Rob Steinberg is playing a new character in the show.

“I am playing a younger detective in the show,” he says. “The show has dealt with the sister always being the shadow person in the family, so this is an opportunity to do something different.”

In person, Stone isn’t like what you’d expect from a star in his 30s. He’s disarmingly friendly and exudes confidence.

“I think that’s one of the things I like best about Nick Stone,” Jacobson says. “It feels really cool to be with someone who could be dead weight if you didn’t get them in the right spot.”

Stone shares some advice he has for stage veterans like Jacobson.

“It’s so easy to get in your head if you’re doing theater,” he says. “Fortunately, people like Jo and Rob understand that and they don’t get stuck in their head and they just trust in their instincts.”

When you think of Montgomery and Jacobson, you might not think that they’re all that different. Yet, as Jacobson points out, Montgomery is blonde, while she’s blond. And maybe that’s just a coincidence. But why should being the same color be an advantage?

“It’s so dumb to say, ‘We’re the same, we have the same hair color.’ But, to me, it does help me,” Montgomery says. “If you look at our photographs, I’m dark brown. If you look at their pictures, they’re blond. I’m an alien to them.”

At the end of the day, Montgomery says, they’re both more people than we realize.

“The show is about being accepting of everyone and everyone accepting you. We end up not realizing it, and that’s where the beauty is in every person,” she says. “We all want to be loved.”

“Last Night in Soho” runs through Dec. 30 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. Tickets are $30-$145. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

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