[TITLE OF SHOW] Returns to London For a Three-week Run at Waterloo East Theatre
[Title of Show] Returns to London for a three-week run at Waterloo East Theatre from 6th - 25th September 2016. Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 4pm. Full price £20 / Conc. £18
Previews £14 on Tues 6th September, Wednesday 7th September & Thursday 8th September
You're reading the official blurb, or short summary, of [title of show]. Blurb. That's a funny word. We spent a lot of time on this blurb so please read the whole blurb. [title of show] is a musical about two nobodies named Hunter and Jeff who decide to write a completely original musical starring themselves and their attractive and talented lady friends, Susan and Heidi. Their musical, [title of show], gets into the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and becomes a hit. Then it gets an off-Broadway production at the Vineyard Theatre, and wins three Obie Awards! Then (drumroll if you've got a drum) it's announced that their musical is going to Broadway (hooray!) and people start seeing this blurb everywhere! They read that The New York Times called [title of show]"DELECTABLE ENTERTAINMENT! A postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals like Babes in Arms, Kiss Me, Kate and A Chorus Line." Fully intrigued, those people snatch up tickets and help make Hunter and Jeff's life-long dream come true!
[Title of Show] has music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen & Hunter Bell. The musical received a Tony Nomination for the best book of a musical. [Title of show] began life in 2004 as an entry into New York's Musical Theatre Festival. With three weeks to go before the submission deadline, and knee-deep in balled-up show ideas, the struggling writer-composers decided to write a musical about two struggling writer-composers trying to write a musical with the help of their two best friends. In short it's a musical about two guys writing a musical with countless musical theatre references. It's a show that feels like a rummage through the dressing-up box of Broadway history and is an inventive, fresh musical that chronicles its own creation & the lives of these four characters as they strive to make their show a success.
[title of show] was chosen for production by the Musical Theatre Festival and premiered there, in September 2004, in New York City. It later ran off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in 2006, earning a second limited run the same year, then played at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in 2008 for 13 previews and 102 regular performances. Writer/stars Bowen and Bell, as well as director Michael Berresse all won Obie Awards for their work on the off-Broadway production, and Bell was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.
The musical spawned a recurring video blog about the show's journey to Broadway called The [title of show] Show.
It last premiered in London at the Landor Theatre in 2013 and is now back 3 years later for a run at Waterloo East Theatre from 6th-25th September.
Cast & Creatives:
Director - Will Keith
Musical Director - Daniel Jarvis
Assistant MD - Oliver Rew
Lighting Designer - Andy Hill
Producer - Jason Shand-Rodger
Co-producer - Leon Hernandez
Director Will Keith trained at Arts Educational School and was awarded the Musical Theatre Bursary from the BBC performing arts fund. Upon graduating he joined the cast of A Chorus Line as Greg at Tel Aviv Opera House, he also reprised the role touring in Singapore and Australia. He has been in such shows as Legally Blonde, Singing in The Rain, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, Darling of The Day and most recently the all male cast of HMS Pinafore. Will is also an accomplished director having recently been Director for Bad Girls: The Musical at the Union Theatre and also having been Assistant Director to Sasha Regan on H.M.S Pinafore.
Musical Director Daniel Jarvis is very experienced with new musicals having earned his Post Graduate in Musical Direction from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2013. Since then Dan has worked extensively as MD on shows such as Hello Again at The Hope Theatre, Rent, I Sing! At the Drayton Arms, the NEXT UK showcases in Soho, The Velma Celli Show live at the Hippodrome & The Ivy, Various Pantomimes for Imagine Theatre and his Edinburgh Fringe successes The Outback Games and most recently this year Paper Hearts. He is also a composer and extremely talented pianist having been an assistant MD for many Mountview Shows, a rehearsal pianist, arranger and teacher.
Jeff - Daniel Mack Shand
Hunter -Louie Westwood
Heidi - Chloe Hawkins
Susan - Malindi Freeman
Daniel (Jeff) has been on tour as Olaf in Frozen and as Danny in Dean Friedman's musical Smelly Feet after a sold out run at the Leicester Square Theatre. He has played such roles as Alan in I Sing!, Malcolm in The Full Monty the Musical, Jamie in The Last 5 Years, Smokey in Damn Yankees and Abanazar, Peter Pan & Aladdin in various pantomimes. He was also a part of the new concept album by Dan & Laura Curtis for their musical version of Disney's Ratatouille. And is set to play Beast in Beauty & The Beast at The Leatherhead Theatre this Christmas.
Louie (Hunter) is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he played such roles as Roger DuBris in The Producers, and Captain Walker in The Who's Tommy. He has also been on tour in Dean Friedman's Smelly Feet as Pete after a sold out run at the Leicester Square Theatre and has been in new musicals such as Up From Paradise as Uriel, Charlie in I Sing!, and Magic Pete in the new musical Devilish. He has also played Widow Twankey in Aladdin and Ugly Step Sister in the adult panto Tinderella. Most recently he starred in the play Sleeping with Straight Men at The Lost Theatre.
Malindi (Susan) started her career playing roles such as Cathy in The Last Five Years, Eliza in My Fair Lady and Olga in Zanna Don't at the Bridewell Theatre. As well as musicals she is a big Noel Coward fan having played Amanda in Private Lives at the Quay Theatre and toured as Mrs Cratchet in A Christmas Carol. She also played the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz for pantomime and worked for Disney Pixar as an Elf at their live dream works experience. Most recently she portrayed Heidi in I Sing at The Drayton Arms Theatre.
Chloe (Heidi) is a recent graduate from Guildford School of Acting where she played such roles as Gertie in Oklahoma, Athena in Pandora, and Janice in Hands on a Hard Body. She has also played roles such as Desire in A Little Night Music and Seraphine in "If" the new musical at Waterloo East Theatre. Most recently she played the role of Maid Marian in Robin Hood for The Actors Company and also appeared in the new TV series Red Dwarf as Messalina.
Tickets are currently on sale through the Waterloo East Theatre website at www.waterlooeast.co.uk they are £20 full price and £18 concessions, with previews at £14.