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MAC Musical back club-style for The World Goes 'Round

Stephanie McConville (front, centre) and the cast of The World Goes 'Round

PREPARE to step back in time to mid 20th Century New York as Belfast's MAC theatre is transformed into a Broadway jazz club for The World Goes ‘Round.

Running from September 1 to 15, the new show will showcase some of the biggest songs from Broadway's top productions including Chicago, Cabaret and The Rink.

Directed by Stephen Whitson (associate director of West End sensation Hamilton) and co-produced by theatre company Blunt Fringe and the MAC, this musical revue is performed by a multi-talented cast of five who sing, dance and play instruments.

Lurgan girl Stephanie McConville, who most recently starred in Little Shop of Horrors, is delighted to be performing back home.

An actor-musician, Stephanie studied drama and music at Ulster University before obtaining a post-graduate in musical theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

While she considers her soprano voice to be her main instrument, Stephanie also plays piano, viola, violin and can "get a wee tune" out of a saxophone.

She is a big fan of multi-Tony-award-winning American songwriting duo John Kander and Fred Ebb, who penned iconic hits such as Mr Cellophane, All That Jazz, Coloured Lights and New York, New York.

"Their music is some of the most beautiful pieces of musical theatre that exists and it's such a joy to perform them," she says.

"The World Goes ‘Round is stunning, but I always love singing Cabaret. It's my audition piece and speaks to me on all levels."

The cast are looking forward to performing in the club style venue, where waiter service will be available and the general vibe is intimate and vaudevillian. It will be an immersive and innovative cabaret experience.

"A kick-line may well start on New York, New York – depending on the bubbly consumed," she laughs.

:: The World Goes ‘Round runs from September 1 to 15 at The MAC in Belfast. Tickets and showtimes at Themaclive.com.

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