When you’ve lost the fight inside of you, is there anything worth holding on to?
The Distance You Have Come follows the lives of six individuals who juggle the constant challenges of life, depression, heartache and love. Told through the music and lyrics of award- winning composer Scott Alan, this brand-new musical brings together a song cycle of his most acclaimed works for the first time, performed by some of the greatest generational voices in the West End at the Cockpit Theatre.
I’ve always said that the Cockpit Theatre (in Marylebone) is a difficult venue to get people to go to as it is slightly outside of the usual West End remit. However, this production stars many of the creme de la creme of West End talent and so I think this show shouldn’t have a problem filling its seats.
Alongside Musical Director Scott Morgan, the world premiere of The Distance You Have Come stars Andy Coxon as Samuel, who has long been searching for the perfect match he eventually finds in Brian – a hopeless romantic played by Adrian Hansel.
The stellar cast also sees Emma Hatton play Maisey who is trapped in a relationship with an addict but strives to further explore her own dream of finding success in the theatre. She will star alongside Jodie Jacobs whose character, Anna, is unlucky in love yet determined to put her failed relationships behind her and move on.
Additionally, the cast includes Dean John-Wilson as Joe, who uses alcohol to numb his feelings after plummeting to the depths of depression without the woman he thought he thought was his soulmate, and Alexia Khadime as Laura who tries to recapture her self- worth as she shares her struggles with depression and life as an artist.
Scott Alan comments, “I have long been asked to bring together my eight albums worth of songs, to stream a line of stories together. I never thought it was time. It wasn’t until the release of my latest album, Lifeline, that I feel I had an ending that was less about the gravity of where I’ve been, and more about the advancement of who I am today and the pride that I have within that. With producers Sarah Evans and Krystal Lee, and this exceptional cast of actors interpreting my music and lyrics, I am extremely confident in declaring that now is the right time to tell this story and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Told entirely through song, The Distance You Have Come follows these like-minded individuals as they face the human experiences of everyday life.