Strallen, Thaxton and Janson To Star In Chocolate Factory's CANDIDE
Fra Fee, Cassidy Janson, Ben Lewis, Scarlett Strallen and David Thaxton have been cast in the Menier Chocolate Factory's Christmas musical Candide with music by Leonard Bernstein, book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur and additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein.
From Westphalia to the far reaches of the New World, Candide's journey of discovery is anything but dull. Through anguish, happiness, loss and love this is a whirlwind adventure that seeks to prove 'life is happiness indeed'. Leonard Bernstein's joyous musical comedy features a classic overture and 'Make Our Garden Grow' (both of which were performed on the Last Night of the Proms) and 'Glitter and Be Gay'.
Scarlett Strallen will be playing Cunegonde. Her theatre credits include A Chorus Line (London Palladium);Singin' In The Rain (Chichester Festival and Palace Theatre London), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical; Passion (Donmar Warehouse); and the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway and in the West End. Her performance as Josephine in the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production of HMS Pinafore also won her an Olivier nomination. Other productions include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium) as well as the original casts of Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward), The Witches of Eastwick(Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury).
Fra Fee will be playing Candide. His theatre credits include A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse); Young Buddy in Follies (O?era de Toulon, France); Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre); Fame (RTE Irish Tour) andDirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre). Fra played Courfeyrac in the film version of Les Miserables.
David Thaxton plays Maximilian. David won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Giorgio in Passion (Donmar). Other theatre credits include playing Raoul in Love Never Dies (Adelphi) and Les Miserables (Queen's).
Cassidy Janson will play Paquette. Her theatre credits include Lend Me A Tenor - The Musical (Gielgud), Avenue Q (Gielgud), Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Tick Tick Boom (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Ben Lewis plays the Govenor and Vanderdendur . Ben appeared as the Phantom in the Australian production of Love Never Dies. Other credits include A Little Night Music (Opera Australia) and the Australian productions of Spamalot and Priscilla -- Queen of the Desert.