Cast Announced For SEUSSICAL at Southwark Playhouse
This November, Marc Pickering (Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Les Misérables, Universal Pictures; Sleepy Hollow, Paramount Pictures) will star as the mischievous Cat in the Hat in Immersion Theatre's larger-than-life musical extravaganza, Seussical the Musical. He is joined by Scott Paige (Eugenius, The Other Palace; The Addams Family, UK/Asia Tour; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, UK Tour/West Yorkshire Playhouse) as the warm-hearted Horton the Elephant and Amy Perry (Bananaman, Southwark Playhouse, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Adelphi Theatre; Sweet Charity, Cadogan Hall) as the humble Gertrude McFuzz in this high-energy production for 'thinkers' of all ages.
Katie Paine (We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre; Godspell, Lyric Theatre; Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Gatehouse) will play the vivacious Mayzie La Bird alongside Ngozi Ugoh (The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre; The Life, English Theatre Frankfurt; Avenue Q, Brookside Theatre) who will play Sour Kangaroo and Anna Barnes (Cats, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre; The Fix, Guilford School of Acting; Bullets Over Broadway, Guilford School of Acting) who plays Jojo, a 'thinker' with a wild imagination.
The cast is completed by Daisy Steere (42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Jackie The Musical, UK Tour; Legally Blonde, Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Adam Dawson (Spring Awakening, Hope Mill Theatre; Hair the Musical, The Vaults; West Side Story, Royal Shakespeare Company), Robbie Fell (Song, Pulse Films/BT; Cinderella, Malvern Festival Theatre; The Life, Performance Preparation Academy), Rhys Benjamin (Me and My Girl, The Urdang Academy; Bring It On, Pleasance Theatre; Is There Life After High School?, The Royal Academy of Music), Marianna Neofitou (Grease, Leicester Curve; Dusty: The Dusty Springfield Musical, Charing Cross Theatre; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, London Palladium) and Sarah Spence (9 to 5 The Musical, Legally Blonde, The Producers - all whilst training at Performance Preparation Academy).
Director James Tobias comments, Finding a cast who are able to bring these fantastical, over the top characters to life whilst retaining their truth, heart and integrity is, in my opinion, one of the key ingredients to the success of a show like this. I could not be more thrilled with the company we have assembled and feel immensely privileged and excited to be working with such exceptional talent, on stage and off, to create an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages this Christmas.
Brimming with fun and excitement for all the family, the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the stage in this feel-good musical bonanza. Set to an electric score and co-conceived by Monty Python's Eric Idle, this raucous and ultimately touching story by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty dares us to think big and reminds us of the power of loyalty, family, and acceptance. After all, a person's a person no matter how small!
Far from being only a show just for children, Seussical is filled with larger-than-life characters and an incredible and varied score featuring a range of genres from funk, to big band, to rock and roll, to musical theatre. The much-loved characters all have something which we can all connect with, be it a sense of mischief, insecurity, that feeling of you against the world, and everything in between.
From bullying, to unrequited love, to being insecure with your body, to inclusivity, Seussical touches on some of today's most topical issues in a funny and moving way. With choreography from 2018 Off West End award winner Chris Whittaker, this production is an intelligent, hilarious and moving piece of theatre whose themes, plot, characters, and score resonate and entertain audiences of all ages.