MYTHIC, An Immortal New Musical, Will Get Its World Premiere At Charing Cross Theatre
The relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter can be sheer Hell - especially if that daughter is a Greek goddess with a taste for the Underworld.
MYTHIC, a new pop musical by Marcus Stevens (Book and Lyrics) and Oran Eldor (Music), turns the ancient Greek story of Persephone on its head, with the gods as chart-topping rock stars, power-hungry politicians, and professional VIPs.
In a world of Olympian celebrity, Persephone struggles between her mother Demeter's expectations and a desire to find her own path. But her wish for independence comes back to bite her when she gets trapped in the Hell with Greece's perennial bad boy, Hades. The journey that follows is an offbeat, emotionally-charged tale for ancient and modern times.
MYTHIC will get its world premiere at London's Charing Cross Theatre in a strictly limited seven-week season from Monday 1 October - Saturday 25 NBovember.
Press Night is Monday 8 October at 7.30pm.
Cast to be announced
Creative team: Director/Choreographer Sarah O'Gleby, Musical Supervisor Chris Hatt, Musical Director Chris Ma, Designer Lee Newby, Lighting DesignerJamie Platt, Sound Designer Andrew Johnson, Casting Harry Blumenau for Debbie O'Brien Casting.
(Book and Lyrics)
Marcus is a member of the BMI Workshop, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. His musicals include Mythic (2017 NAMT Festival; composer Oran Eldor), Red (Richard Rodgers Award; composer Brian Lowdermilk), Eastburn Avenue and Yo, Vikings! (published by Samuel French, Inc.; composer Sam Willmott). He contributed material to Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories for Theaterworks USA. Most recently, he was commissioned by the Pittsburgh CLO to write Game On, an immersive game show musical (composer David Dabbon). Marcus is also an actor who was seen Off-Broadway in two editions of the acclaimed Forbidden Broadway (2 original cast recordings). www.Marcus-Stevens.net @MarcusStevensNY
(Music and Orchestrations)
Oran's credits include: composer of Sesame Street (Israel), Peg+Cat (PBS) and musicals Mythic, Damascus Square, Sex Today Love Tomorrow. Dance arrangements: Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway) and Disney. Orchestrations for John Legend, Kristin Chenoweth, New York Philharmonic, L.A Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, New York Pops, Alan Menken, My Life is a Musical, The Hockey Sweater, The Great American Mousical, Ring Them Bells (PBS), Anastasia (additional orchestration), From Dust to Dreams (PBS). Composition Fellow at the Royal Opera House. BMI Musical Theater Workshop. B.Mus: Berklee College of Music. For more info: oraneldor.com
Sarah most recently worked on The Wanderer Music of Dion DiMucci Musical (New York workshop), Goldstein The Musical (Off-Broadway), and ChickFlick The Musical (coming to Off-Broadway). Sarah was the Associate Choreographer on the Tony-nominated musical Frozen on Broadway. Sarah also choreographs for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live (NBC). Sarah also is a creative director for events with brands such as the NBC Upfronts, Hermes, Target and the Robin Hood Foundation in New York. Her Associate credits include: The Academy Awards (2013-2015), the Tony Awards including the historic Bigger opening with Neil Patrick Harris, Kennedy Center Honors, Opening credits of Ted 2 (Universal), The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood and Peter Pan Live (NBC). How to Succeed (Broadway), Die Fledermaus (MET), Carousel (Lyric Opera, Chicago and Houston Grand Opera), and Carmen (Lyric Opera Chicago and Houston Grand Opera).
Chris trained at Surrey University and the London International Film School. He has since worked across the country as both Musical Director and composer. In April 2016, Chris finished as Musical Director of Billy Elliot - The Musical (Victoria Palace), after the production's 11 years in London. He helped to workshop subsequent productions in New York, Chicago and most recently The Netherlands. He also tutored the 3 Tony award-winning boys who went on to play the part of Billy on Broadway. In September 2014 he conducted a performance of Billy Elliot that was broadcast live to cinemas worldwide, and was subsequently released on DVD, breaking box office records for a cinematic live theatre event. Chris conducted Guys & Dolls at The Phoenix Theatre, was Musical Director for Eric Idle and The Entire Universe - The Musical (broadcast on Boxing Day 2016), and worked closely with composer Christopher Curtis to MD a new version of Chaplin - The Musical, which opened in March last year. He is currently Associate Musical Director of Hamilton, the first international production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about America's founding fathers. Chris is also the regular pianist and Musical Director of
London-based vocal group Cantabile, and appears on their CD Cantabile Plays Cricket, and A Song For Christmas. He has also worked as a composer for television and the stage, including a new musical version of Cinderella that premiered at Brighton's Theatre Royal in 2010.
Credits include: Abigail's Party, Abi (Queen's Theatre Hornchurch/Derby Theatre); Homos Or Everyone In America (Finborough Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York); Labour of Love (Noel Coward Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatr Clwyd); Lunch, The Bow of Ulysses (Trafalgar Studios 2); The Tempest, Deathwatch, Ignis (Print Room); Floyd Collins (Wilton's Music Hall); Stay Awake Jake (The Vault Festival); First Lady Suite (Mountview); Grand Hotel, Dogfight (Southwark
Playhouse); Violet, Spend Spend Spend (LSMT). Associate design credits include: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill (Wyndham's Theatre); Lazarus (King's Cross); Romeo and Juliet (Garrick Theatre); Photograph 51, Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Peter and Alice, Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre); A Damsel in Distress (Chichester); Carousel (Lyric Opera of Chicago/Houston Grand Opera); Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 (RSC/Aldwych/Broadway); Macbeth (Manchester International Festival/New York); Hughie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway).
Jamie trained at RWCMD and has been nominated for two Off West End Awards. Lighting designs include: Jellyfish (Bush Theatre); Yous Two (Hampstead Theatre); Le Grand Mort (Trafalgar Studios); Alkaline (Park Theatre); To Dream Again (Theatr Clwyd & Polka Theatre); The Moor, Where Do Little Birds Go? (Old Red Lion Theatre); Checkpoint Chana, Quaint Honour, P'yongyang, We Know Where You Live, Chicken Dust (Finborough Theatre); Beast, Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Vincent River (Hope Mill Theatre); Pattern Recognition (Platform Theatre & World Tour); Reared, Screwed, Grey Man (Theatre 503); The Trap (Omnibus Theatre); Scenes from the End of the World, The Act (Yard Theatre); YOU, Mr. Incredible (The Vaults); Shudder (Soho Theatre); House of America (Jack Studio Theatre); Mahmud íle Yezida, BOY, Misbehaving, The Intruder, Bald Prima Donna, The Red Helicopter (Arcola Theatre). Associate lighting designs include: Ink (West End) for Neil Austin; Depart (UK Tour), The Grit in the Oyster (Sadler's Wells & World Tour), The Measures Taken (Royal Opera House & World Tour, all for Lee Curran.
His many theatre credits include: Titanic (UK tour), The Play That Goes Wrong (West End & Lyceum, Broadway); The Toxic Avenger
(Edinburgh & Arts Theatre, West End); Harold and Maude, The Woman In White, The Knowledge, Death Takes A Holiday (all Charing Cross Theatre); Tommy (UK Tour - Ramps On The Moon Project); Promises Promises, Allegro, The Toxic Avenger, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel, Dogfight, The A- Z Of Mrs P, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel, Company (all Southwark Playhouse). Andrew is a Project Manager and Sound Designer for Creative Technology. www.ctlondon.com