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The Other Palace Announces Concert-Style Workshops of STARLIGHT EXPRESS

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The Other Palace has announced three concert-style workshop performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS, in The Theatre at The Other Palace on Thursday 14 , Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September at 7.30pm. All tickets are priced £25 and go on sale at 12.00noon on Friday 11 August. Tickets are only available from The Other Palace Box Office, online at theotherpalace.co.uk or by calling 020 7087 7900.

Members of the original creative team of STARLIGHT EXPRESS will collaborate again, along with a group of carefully chosen actors and musicians to explore the piece. Focussing on the score and lyrics, and working for a week before the public showings, Andrew and the team will continue to work on the show in the daytime before evening performances, responding to audience reaction and feedback as they navigate the exciting process of revisiting this classic work.

STARLIGHT EXPRESS originally opened in the West End in 1984 where it ran for over 7000 performances, and continues to run in a purpose built venue in Bochum, Germany where more than 15 million people have seen it. The Bochum production celebrates its 30th anniversary next year.

The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a new home for musical theatre. The Other Palace workshops are a great way to utilise what The Other Palace is all about; a place to discover, develop, explore and reimagine work, whether that be new or existing and established pieces.

LISTINGS

STARLIGHT EXPRESS

Tickets: £25

Online: www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Phone: 020 7087 7900

In person:  Box Office is open from 10.00am-6.30pm on show days and 10.00am – 6.00pm on non-show days.  Sundays and Bank Holidays may vary.

Address: 12 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA

THE OTHER PALACE Announces Two Productions Following Pitch Days

Spilt Milk
Ever Onward

Ever Onward

The Other Palace has announced two ‘Work in Progress’ productions, first discovered during Pitch Days held on 24 May 2017.  SPILT MILK and EVER ONWARD will have public sharings on Friday 11 August and Friday 24 Novemberrespectively.

Paul Taylor Mills, Artistic Director said“I am thrilled that we have been able to, within the first 6 months of operating, find two brilliant new musicals to support and develop. This is at the heart of what we want to achieve at The Other Palace and I’m looking forward to working with the teams behind these two new projects.”

Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

Pitch Days at The Other Palace offer artists and creative teams the chance to show 20 minutes of their work to Artistic Director Paul Taylor Mills and The Other Palace programming team. These days are aimed at people who prefer to share their work ‘live’. The panel then make recommendations about how best to move the project forward, and are delighted to be bringing SPILT MILK and EVER ONWARD to The Other Palace for ‘Work in Progress’ performances to further their development.

SPILT MILK is a new musical featuring an original indie-pop-rock score, inspired by the Cereal Killer Café and the 2015 Shoreditch riots, featuring book and lyrics by Jacob Dorrell and Tom Ling, music by Adam Dickinson and Jennifer Hague.SPILT MILK explores the themes of community, acceptance and belonging in an ever-gentrified East London.

SPILT MILK will be performed at The Other Palace on Friday 11 August 2017 at 10.30am.

www.theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/spilt-milk

EVER ONWARD is inspired by Sutton Vane’s play “Outward Bound” with a book by Susannah Pearse and music and lyrics from Tim Connor.  Set in the Autumn of 1925 as Britain mourns loved ones lost in the First World War, a luxury cruise ship sets sail. But why are there only five passengers on board? And where are they heading?

EVER ONWARD will be performed at The Other Palace on Friday 24 November 2017 at 2.00pm.

www.theotherpalace.co.uk/whats-on/ever-onward

The Other Palace’s Development Programme continues with further dates for autumn/winter:

Creatives Connect on Wednesday 13 September, 8.30pm – 10.30pmPitch Days on Wednesday 11 October, 10.00am – 4.00pmOpen Mic Nights (in association with The BRIT School) on Monday 25 September, 9.00pm – 10.30pm andMusical Bites (in association with Mercury Musical Development) on Thursday 5 October, 8.00pm.

Submissions for the next Pitch Days can be made via www.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions

LISTINGS

Tickets:

Online: www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Phone: 020 7087 7900

In person:  Box Office is open from 10.00am-6.30pm on show days and 10.00am – 6.00pm on non-show days.  Sundays and Bank Holidays may vary.

Address: 12 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA

 

For more information about The Other Palace and further listings information about each of the initiatives and shows please visit: www.theotherpalace.co.uk

 

Tickets for The Other Palace Development Programme are available at www.theotherpalace.co.uk. If you would like us to present your work, please submit your creative ideas at www.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions.

 

General Submissions: For artistic teams that have creative visions to share, they should submit ideas to The Other Palace’s programming team, providing a short synopsis, information about the journey of the piece to date and two contrasting songs.  The team will review submissions on a regular basis, shortlisting the most promising, and then guiding the creative teams into the most relevant step of the Development Programme, from Pitch Days to Works in Progress.  More information about how to submit can be found on the website www.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions.

Kelsey Grammer to star in the London Premiere of BIG FISH THE MUSICAL

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer


Kelsey Grammer will star as ‘Edward Bloom’ in a new production of John August and Andrew Lippa’s BIG FISH THE MUSICAL. Based on the novel BIG FISH by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film screenplay by John August, this new production will be the London premiere of the musical and also marks Kelsey’s first time on the London stage.

Directed by Nigel HarmanBIG FISH THE MUSICAL will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017, with a Press Night on Tuesday 7 November and a Gala Night on Wednesday 8 NovemberTickets on sale 31 July 2017.

The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a home for musical theatre. Discovering, developing and reimagining musicals is at the heart of what The Other Palace is about. The spaces are used to nurture the next generation of musicals, and the creatives behind them; celebrating the very best of the art form, from the established to the brand new.

Kelsey Grammer played the role of Dr. Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcoms “Cheers” and “Frasier” for which he has won five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe awards. In 2010 Kelsey made his Broadway musical debut playing the lead role of ‘Georges’ in “La Cage Aux Folles”, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He also originated the roles of ‘Charles Frohman’ and ‘Captain Hook’ in the Broadway premiere of the musical “Finding Neverland”.

BIG FISH THE MUSICAL will be directed by Nigel Harman, director of the upcoming tour of “Shrek The Musical” and perhaps better known to audiences for his stage and TV work as an actor. Nigel first met with writers John and Andrew in 2016 and the vision and creativity they shared for this new version was evident.  Nigel said When I first encountered the piece I was struck by its depth of humanity and it’s zest for life.  A story that celebrates life in all of its wonders and despairs. A simple tale told in the most extraordinary way. It has been wonderful to revisit the music, book and lyrics with John and Andrew”

Joining Kelsey Grammer will be Matt Seadon-Young (Les Misérables, Beautiful, Pride) as ‘Will Bloom’, Frances McNamee (Little Shop of Horrors) as ‘Josephine Bloom’, Forbes Masson (Travesties, Dr.Faustus) as ‘Amos/Don’, Jamie Muscato (Lazarus, Bend it Like Beckham)as ‘Edward’, Laura Baldwin (Shrek, Alice in Wonderland) as ‘Sandra’,  Landi Oshinowo (Shrek, Sister Act) as ‘Witch/Jenny Hill’, Dean Nolan (Fiddler on the Roof) as ‘Karl’, and George Ure (Sweeney Todd, Wicked) as ‘Zaki’. They are joined by Sophie Linder-Lee (The Rocky Horror Show, Wicked), Gemma McMeel (Titanic and Candide) and Jonathan Stewart (Guys and Dolls).

 

 

Meet Edward Bloom, an ordinary man, and an extraordinary father. He has always told his son tall tales filled with beauty, love and imagination but when his son confronts him about what is make believe, they both discover that the truth is more wonderful than fiction.

BIG FISH THE MUSICAL is a love story that will take you on an exhilarating and heart-warming journey deep into the heart of what it means to be human. Blending fairy-tale, romance and adventure it celebrates the true meaning of life, and reminds us that the love for our family and friends will live on within them, long after we have gone.

Adapted from the much-loved book by Daniel Wallace and Tim Burton movie, BIG FISH THE MUSICAL has a beautiful score by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

BIG FISH THE MUSICAL will be presented at The Other Palace by Big Fish Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Baiyue Culture Creative with associate producers Dominic May and Underbelly Productions.

Originally produced on Broadway by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Parrothead Productions, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz/Joe Piacentile and Columbia Pictures.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin and as Maestro Leonard Bernstein At The Other Palace

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder brings to life on stage the music and personal stories of Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein in two musical-plays, which will alternate at London’s The Other Palace this autumn.

Recently named in TIME Magazine’s top ten theatre artists for 2016, Hershey Felder has broken box office records and received critical acclaim across America with his solo productions that bring to life the stories and music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin.  Felder created, produced and directed last season’s critically acclaimed and box office hit, The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the former St. James Theatre and now returns to newly named The Other Palace with this unique blend of piano virtuosity and musical biography for two of the 20th Century’s great icons of music.

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
The Other Palace 

22 – 24 September27-28 September and 9 15 October

Hershey Felder embodies the role of Irving Berlin, performs some of the great composer’s most enduring songs and shares the backgrounds behind their creation including Alexander’s Ragtime Band, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Always, Blue Skies, White Christmas, Puttin On The Ritz and God Bless America.

Irving Berlin’s story begins as a child refugee from Russia, before rising as a songwriter in New York’s Tin Pan Alley and beyond to become one of the most celebrated composers of Broadway musicals, top charting hits and scores for Hollywood movies, earning him eight Academy Award nominations and with George Gershwin calling him “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived”.

In a career spanning 60 years, Berlin wrote an estimated 1500 songs, many of which formed a major part of the Great American Songbook and which are known globally today, having been performed by artists including: Fred Astaire, Aretha Franklin, Ethel Merman, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Billie HolidayMarilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.

Book by Hershey Felder; Scenic Design: Hershey Felder; Lighting Design: Richard Norwood; Projection Design: Christopher Ash; Sound Design and Production Management: Erik Carstensen; Dramaturgy and Research: Meghan Maiya; Directed by TREVOR HAY; Produced by Eva Price, Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions.

Hershey Felder as MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
The Other Palace
25 – 26 September, 30 September – 7 October 
and 18 – 22 October

Hershey Felder plays Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO as he reveals the behind-the scenes tale of the making of a musical superstar. MAESTRO features selections from Bernstein’s musicals and orchestral works including West Side Story, Candide, On The Town and Wonderful Town as well as compositions from those who inspired him including Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Copeland, and more.

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and the composer of symphonies, operas, iconic film scores and many American musical classics. Born in Massachusetts in 1918, he found fame leading the New York Philharmonic as Artistic Director. Bernstein had a life of personal turbulence and tragedy but also great triumph, pushing boundaries to become, as music critic Donald Henahan described him, “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.”

Book by Hershey Felder; Scenic Design: Francois Pierre Couture; Lighting & Projection Design: Christopher Ash; Costume Design: Abigail Caywood, Directed by JOEL ZWICK; Produced by Samantha F. Voxakis, Karen Racanelli, Erik Carstensen and Tom Wirtshafter with Fane Productions.

LISTINGS

The Other Palace
12 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA

Website:              www.theotherpalace.co.uk
Telephone:         0207 087 7900
Prices:                   £22.50 | £35 | £39.50
20% off total ticket price if both productions are booked together, for Monday to Thursday performances.

Friday 22 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 23 September2.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 23 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 24 September2pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 24 September7pm – Irving Berlin
Monday 25 September7.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Tuesday 26 September7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Wednesday 27 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 28 September2.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 28 September7.30pm – Irving Berlin

Saturday 30 September7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Sunday 1 October2pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Sunday 1 October7pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Monday 2 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Tuesday 3 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Wednesday 4 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 5 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 5 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Friday 6 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 7 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 7 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

Monday 9 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Tuesday 10 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Wednesday 11 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 12 October2.30pm – Irving Berlin
Thursday 12 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Friday 13 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 14 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Saturday 14 October7.30pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 15 October2pm – Irving Berlin
Sunday 15 October7pm – Irving Berlin

Wednesday 18 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 19 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Thursday 19 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Friday 20 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 21 October2.30pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Saturday 21 October7.30pm -MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein
Sunday 22 October2pm – MAESTRO Leonard Bernstein

THE OTHER PALACE Announces Development Programme and Work in Progress Series

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor Mills are delighted to announce details for The Other Palace Development Programme and first Work in Progress series until December 2017.

The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a new home for musical theatre. The venue aims to discover, develop and reimagine musicals. The team want the spaces to be used to nurture the next generation of musicals, and the creatives behind them; celebrating the very best of the art form, from the established to the brand new.

The Other Palace’s Development Programme has been created to identify, explore, encourage and support musicals at every stage of their journey. The venue will be offering creatives space, time and resources; enabling them to explore and test their work, both privately and with an audience.

For audience members, The Other Palace’s Development Programme offers the opportunity to see new shows in their infancy and be part of the process, providing the creative team with invaluable feedback.

The Other Palace is proud to have partnered with Sli.do, a pioneering app which involves audiences in the conversation and provides an easy way to create interaction and solicit invaluable feedback, through live polls and surveys pre and post show.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I want The Other Palace to become the London space where writers and producers can try out and perfect new work, offering audiences the opportunity to see and contribute to musicals in development. My hopes for The Other Palace are based on my experience with “School of Rock” in America.  I presented “School of Rock” as a staged workshop at the Gramercy Theatre, a rock venue in New York. By not premiering the musical in a finished form with elaborate sets, it gave the creative team complete flexibility to refine the material. It was a liberating experience for all of us.”

The Other Palace Artistic Director, Paul Taylor Mills added: “We’re delighted to be hosting a series of initiatives that truly nurture artists and their work, and allow our audience to be an important part of the action. Our Development Programme is at the heart of our vision to advance the musicals of tomorrow whilst reimagining the classics.”

In our first Work in Progress series we’re developing two brand new British musicals and rediscovering two American musicals. This breadth of style and the varying stages of the pieces cements our commitment to ensuring that The Other Palace really is the home for all things musical theatre in the UK.”

The Other Palace Development Programme contains a mix of networking events, opportunities to experiment, workshops and shows to assist musical creatives who would like to bring their creative vision to life.  We want to support initiatives at every stage of their journey – from discussing draft ideas with peers to holding workshops and residencies as a precursor to full productions.

Creatives Connect is an informal opportunity to meet fellow theatre-makers and share ideas in our destination bar. Have a drink, meet The Other Palace programming team and find out about the ways in which The Other Palace could support your project. Dates:

Wednesday 13 September, 8.30pm – 10.30pm

To register go to www.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions

Pitch Days offer artists and creative teams the chance to show 20 minutes of their work to Artistic Director Paul Taylor Mills and The Other Palace programming team. These days are aimed at people who prefer to share their work ‘live’. The panel will make recommendations about how best to move the project forward.  Dates:

Wednesday 24 May, 10.00am – 4.00pm. This date is now full.

Wednesday 11 October, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Please make submissions for Pitch Days via www.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions

Open Mic Nights (in association with The BRIT School) gives emerging artists from all disciplines the opportunity to perform completely new material for the first time. Open Mic Nights are for anyone who wants to try out new material in front of an audience. Dates:

Monday 25 September, 9.00pm – 10.30pm

The event is free to attend, and no tickets are required. If you want to participate contact us viawww.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions.

Musical Bites (in association with Mercury Musical Development) showcases four new musicals that are in the early stages of development. During the evening, 15 minutes of each piece will be performed to a paying audience, who are encouraged to provide feedback in order to advance the work to the next stage of their development process. The next Musical Bites will be:

Thursday 5 October, 8.00pm

Tickets are available at www.theotherpalace.co.uk. If you would like us to present your work, please submit your creative ideas at www.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions.

The Other Palace Work in Progress series offers productions a short residency at the venue which allows companies to create, develop and explore their work. These residencies will include a number of public sharings where audience feedback will be collected to inform the next stage of the project’s development. The ambition is that these productions will have a future life either at The Other Palace or beyond.

If you are a creative team that would like to apply for a residency, please submit your ideas atwww.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions.

Tickets are now on sale for the first Work in Progress series:

“Heathers The Musical” (Studio) 

Book, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe “(Legally Blonde” and “Bat Boy”) and Kevin Murphy (“Reefer Madness” and “Desperate Housewives”) and original production directed by Andy Fickman.

“Heathers The Musical” is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers.

Tuesday 30 May, 8.00pm

Thursday 1 June, 8.00pm

Friday 2 June, 8.00pm

Saturday 3 June, 3.00pm and 8.00pm

“Heathers the Musical” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

“Dr Feelgood” (Studio)

Book and Lyrics by Alex Baranowski, Music and Lyrics David Watson, Directed by Sam Yates.

When the wife of an ambitious young doctor dies at the hands of the medical system he reveres, he sets himself along a vigilante-like path, using unorthodox, unethical medical practice to propel him towards the top of American society, but ends up disgraced, as nothing more than a high-class drug dealer.

Saturday 10 June, 8.00pm

“Joybubbles” (Studio)

Book and Lyrics by Carl Grose, Music & Lyrics by Alex Silverman, Directed by Raz Shaw.
Joe Engressia was born in 1949 completely blind but with perfect pitch. This gift enabled him to escape into the world of the newly-established telephone network. But when this is taken from him, Joe decides to become five years old again and changes his name to Joybubbles. And boy, does he have some stories to tell…

Saturday 17 June, 8.00pm

 “Bonnie & Clyde” (Studio)

Book by Ivan Menchell, Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Frank Wildhorn

When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behaviour turns the young lovers’ thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, with the lovers resorting to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo’s fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer.

Monday 26 June, 8.00pm

Thursday 29 June, 2.00pm

Friday 30 June, 8.00pm

Saturday 1 July, 3.00pm and 8.00pm

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.

 Perfect Pitch presents “The Little Beasts” (Theatre)

This dark and imaginatively comic musical follows a selfish little girl who runs away from home and discovers a magical menagerie filled with animals that used to be children before their naughtiness brought them to untimely ends. When the menagerie’s menacing proprietor tasks her to choose one animal to set free, she must decide which one, if any, has learned its lesson. But things are not what they seem, and is any child truly naughty?

A musical for aged 7+ with magical and innovative puppetry.

Friday 14 July, 11.00am and 7.30pm

Saturday 15 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Thursday 20 July, 11.00am and 7.30pm

Friday 21 July; Saturday 22 July; Thursday 27 July; Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July, all at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets for Work in Progress productions start at £7.50 and are available at www.theotherpalace.co.uk

 General Submissions: For artistic teams that have creative visions to share, they should submit ideas to The Other Palace’s programming team, providing a short synopsis, information about the journey of the piece to date and two contrasting songs.  The team will review submissions on a regular basis, shortlisting the most promising, and then guiding the creative teams into the most relevant step of the Development Programme, from Pitch Days to Works in Progress.  More information about how to submit can be found on the website www.theotherpalace.co.uk/submissions.

 

LISTINGS

For more information about The Other Palace and further listings information about each of the initiatives and shows please visit: www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Tickets:

Online: www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Phone: 020 7087 7900

In person:  Box Office is open from 10.00am-6.30pm on show days and 10.00am – 6.00pm on non-show days.  Sundays and Bank Holidays may vary.

Address: 12 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA

The winners of the inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award receive showcase at The Other Palace

MTI Stiles +Drewe Mentorship Award

MTI Stiles +Drewe Mentorship Award

This Thursday 13 April the inaugural winners of the MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award receive an industry showcase of their new musical The Wicker Husband at The Other Palace. The Mentorship Award was launched in 2016 and runs alongside their prize for Best New Song which has now been running for 10 years. This one-off showing by Darren Clark and Rhys Jennings features a cast including Tyrone Huntley as the Wicker Husband and Olivier Award-winners Rebecca Trehearn (Tailor’s Wife) and Clive Rowe (Old Basket Maker). The cast is completed by Anne-Marie Piazza (Ugly Girl), Sebastien Torkia (Tailor), Roger Evans (Cobbler), Elexi Walker (Cobbler’s Wife), Loren O’Dair (Innkeeper’s Wife) and Jamal Andréas(Innkeeper). The presentation will be directed by Charlotte Westenra with musical direction by Mark Aspinall.

The Wicker Husband is a new folk musical by Rhys Jennings (book) and Darren Clark (music and lyrics). Based on a short story of the same title by Ursula Wills-Jones, The Wicker Husband tells the timeless tale of the outsider, of the battle for self-acceptance in a society that constantly reminds us what it is to be “ugly”. It is a magical story of love, redemption and revenge in which beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

Last year Olivier Award-winning writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe launched their inaugural Mentorship Awardhelping to support and develop new musical theatre writing in the UK, supported by Music Theatre International (Europe). The writers of The Wicker Husband were awarded 12 months of mentorship, including monthly writers’ labs, a one-week writing retreat, and two panel-led progress labs. The showcase presentation marks the culmination of the year’s work.

George Stiles + Anthony Drewe, said today “New writing is the life-blood of theatre. We’re delighted to show the great work that Rhys Jennings and Darren Clark have woven over the past year with their folk-musical The Wicker Husband – a show that we believe has a wonderful life ahead of it.”

The MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award offers writers a unique level of mentorship and support to help develop a new musical, as well as substantially raising the recipient’s profile in the industry. Stiles and Drewe won the first Vivian Ellis Prize in 1985 for their musical Just So, which introduced them to the major heavyweights of the musical theatre world and made an enormous impact at the beginning of their careers. The MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award aims to give a similar kick-start to a new generation of musical theatre writing talent.

Listings__________________________________________________The Wicker Husband Showcase

The Other Palace

12 Palace St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JA

 

13th April 2017

This is not a ticketed event. Invite only.

Fellini’s Oscar-winning masterpiece La Strada comes to the stage

La Strada

La Strada

One of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, Federico Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film, LA STRADA (The Road), will be brought to life on stage in a brand new adaptation directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson with music composed by Benji Bower. The production will receive its world premiere at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on 11 February 2017 where it opens for the start of a 16-week national tour, prior to its London transfer. On 30 May LA STRADA will receive its London premiere at The Other Palace, the newest addition to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group, where it will run for 6 weeks until 8 July 2017. Tickets are now on sale.*

Awarded the honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement in 1993, Italian director Federico Fellini changed the face of film-making forever with his seminal films such as La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8½, Nights of Cabiria and Satyricon. Marking 60 years since La Strada, starring Anthony Quinn, won the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Academy award, Fellini’s cinematic masterpiece, hailed as “one of the most influential films ever made” (the American Film Institute), sees its first ever UK stage adaptation.

A soul-searching story filled with beauty, sadness, humour and acute observation, LA STRADA tells the tragic and tender tale of wide-eyed Gelsomina who is sold by her impoverished mother to the brutish strongman Zampano, a travelling sideshow performer. Their journey through the Italian countryside leads them to a ragtag touring circus where they meet Il Matto the free-spirited tightrope walker, who tries to rekindle Gelsomina’s broken spirit.

Director Sally Cookson says:

“Felini’s iconic film has always fascinated me and the thought of using it as a starting point to make a piece of theatre was one I couldn’t resist. A folk-tale like odyssey – this story sees three lost souls travelling ‘the road’ and searching in different ways to find meaning in their lives. Using physical story telling, music and movement, we will be attempting to find a theatricality to re imagine this story of human suffering, longing and redemption.”

Featuring live music and original songs, LA STRADA brings together a multi-skilled cast of performers and musicians. Audrey Brisson (Cirque de Soleil’s Quidam, Kneehigh’s The Cast of the Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Dead Dog in a Suitcase, The Wild Bride and National Theatre’s The Elephantom) plays Gelsomina, Stuart Goodwin (Sally Cookson’s Sleeping Beauty; Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult) plays Zampano and Bart Soroczynski (Cirque de Loin’s The Fool & The Princess; ENO’s Benvenuto Cellini; RSC’s The Merry Wives of Windsor) plays Il Matto. The ensemble cast includes: Matt CostainFabrizio MatteiniSofie LybäckNiv PetelNiccolo CurradiTatiana SantiniLuke Potter and Tee Jay Holmes. Further casting to be announced.

 LA STRADA is directed by Sally Cookson, with musical direction and music by Benji Bower, ‘writer in the room’ Mike Akers, set and costume design by Katie Sykes, lighting design by Aideen Malone and sound design by Mike Beer.

 Director Sally Cookson is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic. Together with long-time creative collaborator, composer and musical director Benji Bower, their many productions include: Jane Eyre (Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre), the Olivier Award nominated Hetty Feather (West End, National Tour & Florida USA), Peter Pan (National Theatre),Treasure Island (Bristol Old Vic), and the Olivier Award nominated Cinderella: A Fairytale (Tobacco Factory Theatre), Varmints (Sadler’s Wells).

Multi Olivier award-winning producer Kenny Wax says:

“I have been trying to mount a stage production of LA STRADA for many years. When Sally Cookson told me it was her favourite film, the stars seemed to align more perfectly than I could have ever dreamed. And that is only half the back story.”

Full casting announced for THE WILD PARTY at The Other Palace

Frances Ruffelle

Frances Ruffelle

Full casting is announced today for Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, which receives its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Monday 13 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. The Wild Party will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February 2017 as the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group and a home for new musical theatre.

Joining the previously announced Frances Ruffelle as Queenie are John Owen-Jones as Burrs, Simon Thomas as Black, Donna McKechnie as Dolores, Dex Lee as Jackie, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Kate, Ako Mitchell as Eddie, Gloria Obianyo and Genesis Lynea as The D’armano Bros, Melanie Bright as Sally, Lizzy Connolly as Mae, Steven Serlin as Goldberg, Sebastian Torkia as Gold, Bronté Barbé as Nadine and Tiffany Graves as Madelaine.

Simon Thomas, Victoria Hamilton- Barrit and John   Owen Jones

Simon Thomas, Victoria Hamilton- Barrit and John Owen Jones

John Owen-Jones is best known for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérabes, playing the role to acclaim in the West End, on Broadway and in the 25th Anniversary Production. He has also played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End many times.

Simon Thomas has played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Warner in Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre) and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Television credits include Drifters (Channel 4), Jonathan Creek (BBC) and Doctor Who (BBC).

Donna McKechnie is best known for creating the role of Cassie in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, receiving a Tony Award for her performance. Her many other Broadway credits include Promises, Promises, in which she danced the iconic ‘Turkey Lurkey Time’, On The Town, Company and State Fair. The Wild Party will mark Donna’s return to the London stage for the first time in 20 years after appearing in Follies at Drury Lane.

Donna McKechnie

Donna McKechnie

Dex Lee is currently playing Danny in Grease at Curve Theatre, Leicester, with other recent credits including In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), Hairspray (UK Tour) and The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre).

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt recently appeared in Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre), with other credits including In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), A Chorus Line (London Palladium) and Gypsy (Curve Theatre, Leicester).

Ako Mitchell is currently starring in Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre with other credits including Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (Royal Exchange, Manchester) and Sister Act (London Palladium).

Gloria Obianyo’s recent credits include The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Genesis Lynea’s recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre) and The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre). Melanie Bright has recently appeared in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Tommy (English Theatre Frankfurt) and We Will Rock You (UK Tour). Lizzy Connolly is currently starring alongside Harry Enfield in Once in a Lifetime at the Young Vic. Other recent credits include Vanities The Musical (Trafalgar Studios) and Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse). Steven Serlin is currently playing Jerry in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) with other recent credits including The Infidel (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and I Can’t Sing (London Palladium). Sebastian Torkia is currently appearing in Peter and the Starcatcher (Northampton Royal & Derngate) with other credits including Travels with my Aunt (Chichester Festival Theatre), Top Hat (UK Tour) and Sweeney Todd (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Bronté Barbé’s credits include Princess Fiona in Shrek (UK Tour), Jest End (Waterloo East) and Cool Rider (Lyric Theatre). Tiffany Graves’ many theatre credits include Kiss Me Kate (Opera North), The Producers (UK Tour), Piaf (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Wonderful Town (UK Tour) and Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory).

As previously announced, Frances Ruffelle will play Queenie. Frances is perhaps best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Misérables in the West End and on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for her performance. Her many other stage roles include Dinah in the original company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express (West End), Roxie Hart in Chicago (West End), Frastrada in Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory) and the title role in Piaf (Leicester Curve).

Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a Vaudeville showgirl and a Vaudeville clown whose relationship is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness. In an attempt to salvage their toxic union, they decide to throw a party to end all parties. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a diva of indeterminate age; a fresh-faced ingénue; and a handsome Valentino who catches Queenie’s roving eye. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat, as artifice and illusion are stripped away. But when midnight debauchery turns into tragedy, the revellers must sober up and face reality. After all, no party lasts forever.

Based on Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem of the same title, The Wild Party originally opened on Broadway in 2000 with a cast including Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. The production received 7 Tony Award nominations, and a Grammy Award nomination for its composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa. LaChiusa is one of the most prolific writers for the American musical stage, with works including Hello Again (1994), Marie Christine (1999), The Wild Party (2000) and See What I Wanna See (2005). He was nominated for Tony Awards for his book and score for The Wild Party and Marie Christine, and for his book for Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

The Wild Party will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, who received the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre). Drew is directing and choreographing the European Premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas, with other recent choreography credits including Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), The Lorax (The Old Vic) and Oklahoma (UK Tour). Drew is also the Artistic Director of The McOnie Company, for which he recently created a new dance-thriller version of Jekyll and Hyde at The Old Vic.

The Wild Party is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, who is the new Artistic Director of The Other Palace. Paul’s recent productions as a producer include In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), The Last Five Years (St. James Theatre), Side Show (Southwark Playhouse) and Carrie: The Musical (Southwark Playhouse).

The Wild Party has music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and a book by George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa. It is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie with musical direction by Theo Jamieson (Funny Girl, West End), set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour (Dr Faustus, Urinetown, The Commitments, West End) and lighting design by Richard Howell (Jekyll and Hyde, Old Vic). Casting is by Will Burton. It is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

THE WILD PARTY starring Frances Ruffelle at The Other Palace from February 2017

Michael John LaChiusa’s THE WILD PARTY with Frances Ruffelle as Queenie, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie at The Other Palace (formerly St. James Theatre) from Saturday 11 February to Saturday 1 April 2017.

Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party will receive its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Saturday 11 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. Directed and choreographed by 2016 Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and starring Tony Award winner Frances RuffelleThe Wild Party will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February 2017 as the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group and a home for new musical theatre.

Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a Vaudeville showgirl and a Vaudeville clown whose relationship is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness. In an attempt to salvage their toxic union, they decide to throw a party to end all parties. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a diva of indeterminate age; a fresh-faced ingénue; and a handsome Valentino who catches Queenie’s roving eye. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat, as artifice and illusion are stripped away. But when midnight debauchery turns into tragedy, the revellers must sober up and face reality. After all, no party lasts forever.

Frances Ruffle as Queenie in The Wild Part

Frances Ruffle as Queenie in The Wild Part © Fern Berresford

Frances Ruffelle will play Queenie. Frances is perhaps best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Misérables in the West End and on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for her performance. Her many other stage roles include Dinah in the original company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express (West End), Roxie Hart in Chicago (West End), Frastrada in Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory) and the title role in Piaf (Leicester Curve). Frances has recorded four solo albums and performed her solo shows at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Garrick Theatre, the Crazy Coqs and New York’s 54 Below.

Frances said: “I discovered the amazingly edgy, jazz-infused score to The Wild Party about 10 years ago. Many West End producers have tried to get the rights with no success, but luckily for me, the composer Michael John LaChuisa was in the audience when I was performing my solo show in New York.  We were introduced after the show and I asked him why the show hadn’t been seen in London. He just said: “You are my Queenie, it’s yours”. It really is a dream come true, and I’m now working hard preparing for a role that I know will be demanding but hugely rewarding. See you at the party!”

The Wild Party will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, who received the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre). Drew will direct and choreograph the European Premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas, with other recent choreography credits including Jesus Christ Superstar(Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith), The Lorax (The Old Vic) and Oklahoma (UK Tour). Drew is also the Artistic Director of The McOnie Company, for which he recently created a new dance-thriller version of Jekyll and Hyde at The Old Vic.

Based on Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem of the same title, The Wild Party originally opened on Broadway in 2000 with a cast including Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. The production received 7 Tony Award nominations, and a Grammy Award nomination for its composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa. LaChiusa is one of the most prolific writers for the American musical stage, with works including Hello Again (1994), Marie Christine (1999), The Wild Party (2000) and See What I Wanna See (2005). He was nominated for Tony Awards for his book and score for The Wild Party and Marie Christine, and for his book for Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

The Wild Party is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills, who has today been announced as the new Artistic Director of The Other Palace.  Paul’s recent productions as a producer include In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre), The Last Five Years (St. James Theatre), Side Show (Southwark Playhouse) and Carrie: The Musical (Southwark Playhouse).

The Wild Party has music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and a book by George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa. It is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie with musical direction by Theo Jamieson (Funny Girl, West End), set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour (Dr FaustusUrinetownThe Commitments, West End) and lighting design by Richard Howell (Jekyll and Hyde, Old Vic). Casting is by Will Burton. It is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.

Further casting is to be announced.

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LISTINGS

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 1 APRIL 2017

THE OTHER PALACE

12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA

Press Night: Monday 20 February 2017, 7.00pm

Performances: Monday – Saturday 7.30pmThursday and Saturday 2.30pm (no matinee 11 or 16 Feb)

Tickets: £10/£30/£45/£55/£65 (Previews £5-55)

Box Office: 0844 264 2121 | www.theotherpalace.co.uk