Harriet Thorpe to host and narrate West End concert of new LGBT musical FACING EAST
FACING EAST IN CONCERT at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Lyric Theatre will be hosted by the WICKED and AB FAB regular Harriet Thorpe and will star Rebecca Lock, Alasdair Harvey, Peter DiCesare and Michael Vinsen.
Based on Carol Lynn Pearson’s stirring play, FACING EAST is a new and intimate musical by David Rigano and Mark-Eugene Garcia.
FACING EAST follows an upstanding American Mormon couple who unexpectedly meet their gay son’s partner whilst dealing with his death. When they’re forced to face a reality long ignored, they must balance their beliefs with their emotions and make peace with this stranger in order to make peace with their loss.
Now making its UK premiere for one night only at the West End’s Lyric Theatre, this is one of the first opportunities to hear the soaring new score of this emerging musical following workshops in Dallas and Chicago and ahead of its first fully staged production in 2016. Directed by Ryan Mooney with musical direction by Adam Wright, the concert will star Rebecca Lock (MAMMA MIA, PHANTOM, AVENUE Q), Alasdair Harvey (WE WILL ROCK YOU, MAMMA MIA), Peter DiCesare (FACING EAST Dallas) and Michael Vinsen (THE BOOK OF MORMON) and is hosted and narrated by Harriet Thorpe (WICKED, CRAZY FOR YOU, MAMMA MIA). FACING EAST IN CONCERT is a truly unique opportunity to be amongst the first to witness this powerful new musical as it completes its development.
Announcing the concert, producer Nathan Gardner said “We’re delighted to be able to present our show in London, and with such an incredible cast and team. We believe that theatre can make a difference, and it’s an honour to be presenting FACING EAST in support of Pride in London, and Stonewall. We’ve always wanted it to be the show that gives back, and it’s a privilege to be able to support these two organisations that do so much for the LGBT community.”
Tickets are now on sale.
Monday 22 June 2015, 7:30pm
Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London Proudly supporting Stonewall and Pride In London