Military Wives Choir to Make Special Appearance at FROM HERE TO ETERNITY this Weekend
To mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event integral to the plot of From Here to Eternity, the producers of the show are delighted that The Military Wives Choir will be joining the full company of the musical on stage to perform a curtain call rendition of the song in the show which is dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the attack - Boys of '41.
Tim Rice will introduce the choir who will perform the number after the evening show on Saturday 7th December, the date on which the attack was launched.
This week also sees the release of a single version of another of the show's songs Fight the Fight performed by one of the stars of the musical, Robert Lonsdale. Released through Zobo records the song will be available to purchase through iTunes from 8th December, prior to physical release in New Year. For link to video please see below.
From Here to Eternity is running at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London until April 2014. The producers are actively looking for a home for the show thereafter and will be exploring options in the coming months. Adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, this gripping tale of illicit love and army life unites the writing talents of Tim Rice (lyrics), Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book). It marks Tim's first new stage musical for over ten years and Stuart's West End début.
This new musical is directed by Tamara Harvey (The Kitchen Sink, Bush Theatre), designed by Soutra Gilmour (Macbeth, Trafalgar Studios) and choreographed by Javier De Frutos (London Road, National Theatre). The stellar creative team also includes lighting designer Bruno Poet (Frankenstein, National Theatre), sound designer Mick Potter (Phantom of the Opera, West End/ worldwide) and orchestrator & musical supervisor David White (LES MISERABLES, West End/ worldwide).
Darius Campbell (Chicago, West End) plays Warden, Siubhan Harrison (Grease, West End) plays Lorene, Robert Lonsdale (Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse) plays Prewitt, Ryan Sampson (Open Court, Royal Court) plays Maggio and Rebecca Thornhill (South Pacific, UK tour) plays Karen.
The cast also includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Marc Antolin, Julie Armstrong, James Ballanger, John Brannoch, Abigail Climer, Brian Doherty, Jessica Ellen, Dale Evans, Shimi Goodman, Kirby Hughes, Lauren Ingram, Dean John-Wilson, Joshua Lacey, Carolyn Maitland, Nuno Queimado, Lucinda Shaw, Warren Sollars, David Stoller, Rebecca Sutherland, Laura Tyrer, Adam Vaughan, Lauren Varnham, Stephen Webb, Matthew Wesley, Christine Allado, Martin Marquez and Yiftach Mizrahi.
Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity was James Jones' début novel. It won him the National Book Award for fiction in 1952. It is loosely based on Jones' experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division's 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served. In 1953 the novel was adapted into a film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Buddy Adler, starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The film won 8 Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.