Photo Coverage: Military Wives Sing With Cast Of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
On Saturday at the Shaftesbury Theatre the Military Wives Choir shared the stage with the full company of From Here to Eternity to mark today's anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event integral to the plot of the musical. Introduced by Tim Rice, the choir of 36 joined the company for a moving curtain call rendition of Boys of '41 - the song in the show dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the attack.
Nicky Scott from the Military Wives Choir said: 'The themes of this poignant song are close to our hearts and it's been an honour to perform it alongside such a talented company to commemorate this special anniversary. We'd like to thank everyone for giving us the opportunity to do this.'
Tim Rice said of the special performance: 'The anthem that Stuart Brayson and I wrote for the Pearl Harbor invasion scenes in From Here to Eternity, Boys of '41, is inspired by that dramatic event of over 70 years ago, but has found a contemporary resonance when sung so beautifully by the Military Wives Choir of today.'
The Military Wives Choirs Foundation is a network of choirs that reaches across the whole military community to bring women closer together through singing. The Foundation is a registered subsidiary charity of SSAFA Forces Help. It provides guidance, funding and support for individual choirs, as well as the opportunity to bring choirs together through national projects. Through its growing network of choirs, the Foundation is building something that brightens lives, changes perceptions and strengthens military communities.
From Here to Eternity is 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.