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Re: Musical

Postby daydreamer » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:07 am

It's just been announced that Diana Vickers will star as 'Kat' in the Preacher Man musical. She came from X Factor but had very good reviews when starring as 'Little Voice' in the West End.


Son of a Preacher Man today announces that X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will create the role of Kat for the 2017 tour of this heart-warming new musical.
Featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Son of a Preacher Man embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017.
Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…
Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, the Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.
Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of the Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.
Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including "The Look Of Love", "I Only Want To Be With You", "Spooky" and of course, the classic "Son Of A Preacher Man", this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical by internationally renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.
Diana Vickers first came to public attention as a semi-finalist on the X Factor and has made her professional acting debut in the title role of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in 2009 (West End, Vaudeville Theatre). Since then her theatre credits have included The Duck House (West End, Vaudeville Theatre), Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour). Her film and television credits include The Perfect Wave, Awaiting, To Dream, Give Out Girls and Top Coppers.
Warner Brown works internationally and is well known for his work in musical theatre and straight plays, encompassing both traditional and avant-garde forms.
He wrote ‘the most popular family show of all time’, the arena production Walking With Dinosaurs, creating an entirely new genre of theatrical presentation and winning many international awards. Currently playing in venues from Madison Square Garden to the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, an episode of CSI: Las Vegas has been based upon the show and it has even been parodied on The Simpsons.
Warner is currently working on multiple developing projects, including the Broadway musicals The Gold Room and The Thomas Crown Affair, both with composer Michael Feinstein; the opera Empty Spaces, with composer Joshua Schmidt, for Florentine Opera in the USA; the musical A Little Danger, with composer Michael Reed, for the St Petersburg Theatre in Russia; and the screenplay for the movie A Minute To Midnight for Bill Kenwright Films. He is part of the consortium, including choreographer Arlene Phillips and musical director Mike Dixon, for the new internet based project Reality.
Writing credits include Half A Sixpence (UK Tour), The Biograph Girl (Phoenix Theatre), Cinderella (London Palladium), The Black and White Ball, which opened in London and for which The Cole Porter Trusts granted Warner stage rights to the songs of Cole Porter, Flickers (Broadway’s Circle-In-The Square Theater), The House on the Corner (Edinburgh International Festival) and, in addition, Tallulah For A Day and Sleep With Friends. Plays include Laughing Dove, Wavelength and The Prospero Suite, directed by John Doyle.
Warner has worked extensively in Europe, most recently writing the musical Garbo, with music by ‘Meatloaf’ rock legend Jim Steinman. He also has extensive writing credits for the BBC and was Script Associate of the BBC Classic Musicals Series, for which he adapted fourteen musicals featuring many international stars. Warner was the subject of the BBC Two TV documentary The Making Of A Musical. Warner is co-sponsor of the international music prize The S&S Award, named in honour of his late parents.
Craig Revel Horwood is a well-known face on television in the UK and now internationally for his role as a judge on all fifteen series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing and for directing and appearing as a judge in the Live Tour.
Craig’s recent credits as director and choreographer include the current UK tour of Sister Act, the previous UK tours Brother Love Travelling Salvation Show and Chess; for television, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Just the Two of Us; and for film, the feature film Paddington 2. In addition, he recently directed the all-star concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Royal Albert Hall. Other credits as a theatre director and choreographer are: West Side Story (Prince Edward), Miss Saigon (Drury Lane), Hey, Mr Producer! (Lyceum), Spend Spend Spend! (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Choreography), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Crucible), Paradise Moscow (Opera North), Carmen (Holland Park), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Choreography), Beautiful and Damned (Lyric Theatre), Arms and the Cow (Opera North), The Ballet Boyz: Yumbo Vs Nonino (Festival Hall, Sadler's Wells, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), The Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour; Martin Guerre (Watermill Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (Watermill Theatre and Comedy Theatre, West End), Spend Spend Spend! (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour) and Copacabana (Watermill Theatre).
He recently returned to his roots as a performer in musical theatre, starring as Miss Hannigan in the UK national tour of Annie, and in Christmas 2016 as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Other performing credits include Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Orchard, Dartford in 2014 and at the Swan, High Wycombe in 2015. Previously, Craig starred as the Wicked Queen in Snow White at Venue Cymru, Llandudno in 2009, The Hawth, Crawley in 2010 and The Orchard, Dartford 2011. He reprised his role at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe in 2012 and the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend in 2013.
Amongst his numerous TV credits, highlights include winning the BBC Two series Maestro at the Opera, the final of which saw him conduct Act II of La Bohème at the Royal Opera House. He was also a grand finalist on the hit cooking show, Celebrity MasterChef and participated in and won Ready, Steady, Cook.
Book Warner Brown
Director & Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood
Set & Costume Designer Morgan Large
Musical Supervisor & Arrangements Paul Herbert
Lighting Designer Richard G Jones
Sound Designer Richard Brooker
Associate Director & Choreographer David James Hulston
Casting Director Anne Vosser

Son of a Preacher Man is produced by Brian Berg, John Sachs, Andrew Berg & Kimberley Sachs for
Eclipse Live, Michael Park for The Infinite Group, Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for TBO Productions,
Churchill Theatre Bromley and executive producers Andrew Green and Ben White, all on behalf of Dusty Touring Ltd.



Churchill Theatre, Bromley
4 September – 9 September 2017
Box Office: 020 3285 6000

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
12 September – 16 September 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3011

Sunderland Empire Theatre, Sunderland
19 – 23 September 2017
Box Office:

Palace Theatre, Manchester
26 September – 30 September 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3019

Grand Opera House, York
3 October – 7 October 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3024

Regent Theatre, Stoke
10 October – 14 October 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 7649

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
17 – 21 October 2017
Box Office: 0131 529 6000

New Theatre, Oxford
24 October – 28 October 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 3020

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
31 October – 4 November 2017
Box Office: 0189 253 0613

Hull New Theatre, Hull
7 November – 11 November 2017
Box Office: 148 230 0300

New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon
14 November – 18 November 2017
Box Office: 0844 871 7646

Belfast Grand Opera House, Belfast
21 November – 25 November 2017
Box Office: 028 9024 1919

Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
28 November – 2 December 2017
Box Office: 149 451 2000

2018 dates and further casting to be announced.

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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:21 pm

ImageWell - thank God they cast someone!

At age 25 I would think Diana is far too young to play a 1960s club habituée in any kind of present day context - so perhaps Kat in one of "the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters" who I suspect are the resident act at the SOAPM club (and as such can sing the Dusty hits that can't be shoe-horned into the plot).

Then again as any denizens of Swinging London would now typically be in their seventies and this musical is not evidently vaunted as a showcase for the Exotic Marigold Hotel set, its timeline is likely to some degree non-realistic - perhaps to the degree where twenty-somethings could play present day versions of kids who danced the night away at a Swinging 1960s Soho joint. And Craig Revel Harwood does have a seeming penchant for X Factor veterans - a demographic more youthful than otherwise and evinced by Alexandra Burke currently headlining Harwood's touring production of Sister Act (and reportedly doing so most successfully - that both Diana and Alexandra came to the fore in the 2008 edition of X Factor is perhaps a good omen). Feasibly the future casting announcements for Son of a Preacher Man may see Harwood returning to the X Factor well.

Any road - I've found some very nice comments re Diana's previous theatrical turns: for example the Telegraph review of the 2009 West End revival of Little Voice which was apparently her theatrical debut stated "[it's] remarkable ...encountering Diana Vickers for the first time on stage [as] it turns out that she can act as well as sing...and is magical when she sings."

Also wanted to mention that the list of engagements in the quoted story is out-of-date - the most reliable current tour listing would seem to be that at ... an-touring
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:28 pm

ImageWow! Frankie from Coronation Street is on-board for the SOAPM musical, it being announced that Debra Stephenson will be creating the role of Alison. And having turned 45 Sunday before last Debra is of a relatively reasonable age to portray a woman nostalgiac for the 60s having been born a mere three years from the decade's close.

Debra doesn't seem to have a lot of stage acting experience - indeed SOAPM may be her stage musical debut as the only prior stage role of hers I can find referenced online is a 2014 production of Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers. However she has in recent years toured widely with her Night of 100 Voices show of celebrity impressions - surprisingly Dusty doesn't seem to be among them - and even critics with reservations about the show overall do grant that Debra is a good singer. BTW - there was talk of Debra starring in West End productions of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins but both opportunities conflicted with a pregnancy - reportedly Debra had to skip her My Fair Lady audition as she went into labor earlier that day!
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Re: Musical

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:18 pm

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I sense the Oz Dusty jukebox musical is pretty much considered yesterday's - well - dust but I think it rates mention that Amy Lehpamer who starred in the recent revival of Dusty: the Musical is nominated for a Helpmann award - that being the Oz equivalent of a Tony or Olivier award: Tamsin Carroll received the Helpmann award for best musical actress for starring in the 2006 premiere production. Here's a preview clip of the production helmed by Amy:
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