Casting announced for the FROM PAGE TO STAGE 2016 season
October 19, 2016  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

page-to-stageThe From Page to Stage season of new musical theatre announces casting and creative details for its four showcases including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street

Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger, The Book of Mormon), Emma Kingston (In the Heights, Les Miserables), Sarah Earnshaw (Spamalot, Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked) and Madalena Alberto (Cats, Evita, Piaf) join the cast of From Page to Stage 2016 at Tristan Bates Theatre this autumn in showcases directed by Robert McQueen, Bronagh Lagan and Amy Anders Corcoran

As previously announced, the four showcases are Pollyanna, The Toyboy Diaries, Heart of Winter and 21 Chump Street. Full cast and creative details for the showcases are as follows:

 

Pollyanna
Book and lyrics by Steven Gallagher and music by Linda Barnett.

It is directed by Robert McQueen (Director of NoteWorthy, the New Works Development Project of Acting Up Stage Company in Toronto) with musical direction by Tamara Saringer (Vanities, Trafalgar Studios; Savage, Arts Theatre; In Response, St. James Theatre)

Cast includes Madalena Alberto (Cats, London Palladium; Evita, Dominion Theatre and UK Tour; Piaf, Leicester Curve) as Polly, Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger, Southwark Playhouse; Stiles & Drewe’s 3 Little Pigs, International Tour; The Book of Mormon, Original West End cast) as Frank Smith, Eva Crawford (Dick Whittington, Worcester; Into the Woods, Curtains, Laine Theatre Arts) as Nancy, Martin Dickinson (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright; We Will Rock You, Queen Theatrical; The Secret Garden, Aria Entertainment) as John Pendleton, Caitlin Emilie Garcia (Gypsy, David Ian Productions; Giselle, English Youth Ballet; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bill Kenwright) as Pollyanna, Jackie Marks (Les Miserables, Queens Theatre; Evita, Adelphi Theatre; Oliver!, Cameron Mackintosh) as Mrs Snow and Nigel Richards (The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; Notre Dame de Paris, International Tour; The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre) as William.

 

The Toyboy Diaries
based on Wendy Salisbury’s book The Toyboy Diaries: Sexploits of an Older Woman, adapted for the stage by Simon Warne and Wendy Salisbury, with music and lyrics by Andy Collyer.

It is directed by Bronagh Lagan (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Chipping Norton/Greenwich Theatre; The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; the forthcoming Promises, Promises, Southwark Playhouse) with musical direction by Tamara Saringer (Vanities, Trafalgar Studios; Savage, Arts Theatre; In Response, St. James Theatre)

Cast includes Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger, Southwark Playhouse; Stiles & Drewe’s 3 Little Pigs, International Tour; The Book of Mormon, Original West End cast) as Tom, Suanne Braun (Cougar the Musical, Coventry Belgrade; Cabaret, Bill Kenwright; Mamma Mia, Prince of Wales Theatre) as Lily, Martin Dickinson (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright; We Will Rock You, Queen Theatrical; The Secret Garden, Aria Entertainment) as Matthew, Jackie Marks (Les Miserables, Queens Theatre; Evita, Adelphi Theatre; Oliver!, Cameron Mackintosh) as Penny and Nigel Richards (The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; Notre Dame de Paris, International Tour; The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre) as Phillip.

 

Heart of Winter
Music and lyrics by Tim Connor (The Stationmaster and Winner of the Stiles + Drewe Prize for Best New Song), story and dramaturgy by Lia Buddle.

It is directed by Bronagh Lagan (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Chipping Norton/Greenwich Theatre; The Stationmaster, From Page to Stage 2015; the forthcoming Promises, Promises, Southwark Playhouse) with musical direction by Ben Ferguson (The Adding Machine, Finborough Theatre; Ragtime, Bishopsgate Institute; Company, Royal Academy of Music)

Cast includes Sarah Earnshaw (Spamalot, UK Tour; Jekyll and Hyde, UK Tour; Wicked, West End) as Kate.

 

21 Chump Street
European premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Hamilton, In the Heights) 14-minute musical.

It is directed by Amy Anders Corcoran (Little Women, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, She Loves Me – USA; currently Associate Director for Disney’s Freaky Friday under Chris Ashley) with musical direction by Luke Di Silva (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Spamalot – New Zealand)

Cast includes Danny Black (Altar Boyz, Papermill Theatre – US; Hello My Baby, Goodspeed – US; Sister Act, Troika – US) as the Narrator, Jordan Castle (Merrily We Roll Along, Twelve Angry Jurors, Beauty and the Beast, American Musical Theatre Academy) as Tevin, Jason Kajdi (West Side Story, Kilworth House; Gifted, Theatre 503; Crazy For You, Bird College) as Derek, Emma Kingston (In the Heights, Southwark Playhouse and Kings Cross Theatre; Les Miserables, Queens Theatre; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, UK Tour) as Naomi, Alessandro Lubrano (Irving Berlin’s Face The Music, All Star Productions; Bring It On – The Musical, PPA; Into the Woods, PPA) as Justin and Olly McCauley (Into the Woods, In The Heights, Guys and Dolls, Mountview) as Andrew.

As previously announced, casting for the three semi-staged readings includes Whatsonstage Award nominee Beverley Klein (Platonov, Ivanov, National Theatre; Candide; ENO), Ian Reddington (EastEnders; Coronation Street), Gerard McCarthy (Beautiful Thing; Hollyoaks), Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, Shaftesbury Theatre; Legally Blonde, Kilworth House) and Union J’s Jaymi Hensley.

The season will be held at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 31 October – 20 November 2016. It is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment. Casting is by Benjamin Newsome. Full listings and show information is below.

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