Musicals update November 2021

News about Love Story’s 10th anniversary concert, Bonnie and Clyde in concert, Gatsby the Musical and the return of Sasha Regan’s HMS Pinafore

Erich Segal’s iconic novel Love Story became a much-loved film and, in 2010, a hit West End musical. Now stars reunite, along with the creative team behind the acclaimed Cadogan Hall concert of Howard Goodall’s The Hired Man. Alongside the original West End leads Emma Williams and Michael D Xavier is Michael Matus (Phantom of the Opera, La Cage Aux Folles) who plays the role of Phil. Joining them are Rebecca Caine (Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Preludes), Simon Green (Titanic, Mrs Henderson Presents) and Jenna Boyd (Come From Away).

The company is completed by Simbi Akande (The Prince of Egypt), Jordan Cunningham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Alison Driver (What’s New Pussycat?), Charlie-Jade Jones (West Side Story), Maximillian Murphy (Parade), and Nikhil Singh Rai (Les Misérables, Mountview). Love Story is simple and poetic. Wealthy Harvard student Oliver falls for artistic Radcliffe student Jenny and they marry against his family’s wishes – a choice that leads to disinheritance. Goodall’s soaring melodies and the late Stephen Clark’s words are sure to tug on the heartstrings in a night not to be missed.

The full cast joining Jeremy Jordan in the sell-out Bonnie and Clyde in Concert has been revealed. Accompanying the previously announced Jordan as ‘Clyde’ will be the Olivier-nominated performer Frances Mayli McCann as ‘Bonnie’, stepping in for Laura Osnes who is no longer taking part in the production. George Maguire as ‘Buck’, Natalie McQueen as ‘Blanche’, Trevor Dion Nicholas as ‘Preacher’ and Liam Tamne as ‘Ted’ round out the principal cast.

The company is completed by Casey Al-Shaqsy as ‘Stella’, Simon Anthony as ‘Cop/Bud/Archie/Deputy Johnson’, Gillian Bevan as ‘Cummie Barrow/Eleanor’, Eloise Davies as ‘Trish’, Adrian Grove as ‘Henry Barrow’, Olivier Award nominee Debbie Kurup as ‘Governor Miriam Ferguson’, Matthew Malthouse as ‘Bob Alcorn’, Jeremy Secomb as ‘Judge/Sheriff Schmid’, Russell Wilcox as ‘Captain Frank Hamer’ and Julie Yammanee as ‘Emma Parker’.

Casting has been announced for Gatsby: The Musical; Ruby in the Dust Theatre’s captivating musical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Leading on the stage as Daisy Buchanan will be Jodie Steele who tells the story through Daisy’s eyes. Jay Gatsby will be played by Ross William Wild while Luke Bayer takes the role of Nick Carraway. Tom Buchanan will be brought to the stage by Bradley Clarkson and Robert Grose will bring to life the notorious gangster Woolfe.

Julie Yammanee will be playing the tragic figure of Myrtle Wilson, with Juan Lobo as George Wilson. Freddie Love as Jordan Baker and Oliver Mawdsley as Owl Eyes also bring the 1920s, Speakeasy atmosphere to the stage, alongside Tristan Pegg and Ash Weir, taking on all the other roles. Running from Wednesday 8th December 2021 – Saturday 8th January 2022, this original retelling is intertwined with the sophisticated harmony and yearning beat of jazz, skillfully harnessed by composer Joe Evans and musical director Victoria Calver.

Photo © Francis Loney

Come and “sail the ocean blue” with Sasha Regan’s award-winning All Male Company which docks at Wilton’s Music Hall from 16th March – 9th April for another nautical adventure!  The crew on board W. S Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore are sailing across the high seas to bring you a cracking new show. Casting to be announced.

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