GRAMMY AWARD-winning ARTIST SHEENA EASTON
TO MAKE WEST END DEBUT IN 42ND STREET
CAST INCLUDES TOM LISTER, CLARE HALSE,
JASNA IVIR & NORMAN BOWMAN
PREVIEWS from Monday 20 March 2017 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Sheena Easton – the Grammy Award winning artist who has sold over 20 million records around the world – is to make her West End debut in the forthcoming production of 42nd Street.
Easton, who remains the only artist in history to have top five records on five major Billboard charts, will perform the iconic role of ‘Dorothy Brock’ in this new production of 42nd Street, the dazzling and romantic homage to the world of musical theatre.
The role of ‘Julian Marsh’ will be performed by Tom Lister, who played ‘Carl King’ in Emmerdale for 8 years and has recently been starring as ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ in the UK Tour of Calamity Jane. Clare Halse, who most recently appeared in the acclaimed production of Gypsy as ‘Marjorie May’ at the Savoy Theatre, will play ‘Peggy Sawyer’.
42nd Street will play the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane from Monday 20 March 2017, with a press night on Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 7:00pm. The production is to be directed by the show’s co-author Mark Bramble (whose other hit shows include Barnum, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers The Grand Tour) and director of many award-winning previous productions of 42nd Street on Broadway and around the world.
42nd STREET is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as ‘We’re In The Money’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, ‘Shuffle Off To Buffalo’, ‘Dames’, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, and ‘42nd Street’.
42nd Street arrives in London with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50, ready to explode on to the West End’s biggest stage. The confirmed cast are:
Jasna Ivir, who will play ‘Maggie Jones’, Norman Bowman as ‘Pat Denning’, Stuart Neal as ‘Billy Lawlor’, Graeme Henderson as ‘Andy Lee’, Christopher Howell as ‘Bert Barry’, Bruce Montague as ‘Abner Dillon’, Mark McKerracher as ‘Mac/Doc/Thug’ and Emma Caffrey as ‘Annie’.
The ensemble comprises of Clare Rickard, Victoria Hay, Leah Harris, Jasmine Kerr, Millie O’Connell, Katy Riches, Gabrielle Lewis Dodson, Daisy Steere, Karli Vale, Sophie Camble, Christina Shand, Courtney George, Zoe Rogers, Jessica Keable, Sara Bispham, Lisa Dent, Katharine Pearson, Kirsty Fuller, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Charlene Ford, Dylan Mason, Philip Bertioli, Luke George, Ronan Burns, Eddie Myles, Ryan Gover, Sam Murphy, Freddie Clements, Zac Watts, Greg Bernstein, Kristen Gaetz, Charlotte Anne Steen, Gabrielle Cocca, Kate Ivory Jordan, Josh Andrews, Martin McCarthy.
42nd Street presented in London by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade together with The Global Group of Companies for Gate Ventures with Executive Producer Johnny Hon.
Mark Bramble has been involved in writing, directing and producing of musicals all over the world. He began his theatrical career under the mentorship of legendary Broadway producer David Merrick, for whom he worked on many Broadway productions. As author, his shows include BARNUM, starring Jim Dale (Michael Crawford in London) which introduced Glenn Close as a leading actress, with songs by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, and ten Tony Award nominations including Best Book and Best Musical,), 42ND STREET with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, produced by David Merrick and staged by Gower Champion (Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a musical, Laurence Olivier Award for Musical of The Year, Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Musical, Plays and Player Citation For Musical Of The Year, etc.), THE THREE MUSKETEERS with the music of Rudolph Friml, many collaborations with Michael Stewart including THE GRAND TOUR with songs by Jerry Herman, TREASURE ISLAND with songs by Jule Styne, and the off Broadway opera ELIZABETH & ESSEX based on Maxwell Anderson’s ELIZABETH THE QUEEN. At the Haymarket Theatre, in Leicester, England, Mr. Bramble and Henry Krieger (composer of DREAMGIRLS) created FAT PIG, a rock and roll extravaganza about health. He directed the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival of 42ND STREET on Broadway (Tony Award nomination for Best Director), as well as productions of the show around the world.
Sheena Easton’s career has spanned four decades and includes Gold and Platinum albums in the United States, Europe and Asia. She has sold over 20 million records worldwide, received two Grammys, and was the first —and still only— artist to have top five records on five major Billboard charts.
Her most famous songs include the James Bond theme “For Your Eyes Only”, “We’ve Got Tonight” (with Kenny Rogers), “U Got The Look” and “The Arms of Orion” (for which she famously collaborated with Prince).
On Broadway Sheena starred as “Aldonza/Dulcinea” in ‘Man of La Mancha’ opposite the late Raul Julia’s “Don Quixote.” She also starred on Broadway in the hit musical “Grease” as Rizzo. Her screen acting credits includes ‘Miami Vice’, ‘The Highlander’ and ‘Outer Limits.’
Most recently Sheena has been performing symphony concerts around the world with guest vocalists entitled “The Spy who Loved Me”, with material from spy movies of the past and present and featuring Bond style music.
Tom Lister got his big break in February 2004 when he debuted on the British soap opera Emmerdale playing ‘Carl King’, a role which he maintained until his departure from the serial on 18 October 2012, following eight years, after his character was murdered in the show’s 40th Anniversary live episode. Tom made his musical theatre debut in the world premiere of The Water Babies Musical at the Curve Leicester and in 2014 Tom toured the UK as ‘Wild Bill Hickok’ in the musical Calamity Jane.
42nd STREET has played to great global acclaim for almost 40 years. Its phenomenal popularity serves as a legacy to Gower Champion, for whom 42nd STREET stands as the outstanding, timeless tribute to the legendary director and choreographer of the original, Tony Award-winning production.
Previous productions of 42nd Street have won a series of major international awards, including:
Original Broadway Production 1981: Tony Award Best Musical
Original Broadway Production 1981: Tony Award Best Choreography
Original London Production 1984: Laurence Olivier Award Best New Musical
Original London Production 1984: Evening Standard Award Best Musical
Broadway Revival 2001: Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical
42nd STREET – LISTINGS INFORMATION
Book: Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble
Music: Harry Warren
Lyrics: Al Dubin
Choreography: Randy Skinner
Director: Mark Bramble
Set Design: Douglas W Schmidt
Costume Design: Roger Kirk
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
London WC2B 5JF
Monday 20 March – Saturday 14 October 2017
Tuesday 4 April 7:00pm
Monday – Saturday: 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday Matinees: 2:30pm
Prices range from £15 – £125
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