Noel Sullivan will star as ‘Grey’ in the premiere of brand-new life-affirming musical THE RHYTHMICS this winter, playing at the Southwark Playhouse from 2 December 2021 to 8 January 2022. Recent graduate Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos will make her professional debut alongside Noel, playing ‘Silva’.
With book and lyrics by Metta’s Artistic Director P Burton-Morgan, and music and lyrics from Stiles + Drewe award winner Ben Glasstone (Reanimator), THE RHYTHMICS explores the crisis of masculinity via a collection of oddballs belting their way through a thrillingly catchy guitar-led score. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Hapless single-dad Grey is in a rut. Teenage daughter Silva packs him off to revive his rockstar dreams, successfully auditioning for ‘Nick & the Rhythmics’ only to realise… he’s actually signed up for an All-male Rhythmic Gymnastics troupe. Against the odds these burly blokes make it as far as the World Championships – twirling their ‘ribbons of fire’ – and along the way Grey finally learns to commit to life. Calendar Girls meets The Full Monty in this joyous new British musical.
Noel Sullivan shot to fame after winning ITV’s Popstars, creating Hear’Say who made chart history in 2001, becoming the first British act to top the single and album charts simultaneously with debut releases.
The full production will also feature BSL integrated choreography from Deaf men Dancing’s Mark Smith, as well as captions throughout all performances, to make the show accessible for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences.