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In The Heights - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, In The Heights, which receives its London premiere in a new production at Southwark Playhouse (The Large), where it runs from May 15 (previews from May 9) to June 7, 2014.

The line up includes Nathan Amzi (as Piragua Guy), David Bedella (Kevin), Josie Benson (Camilla), Damian Buhagiar (Sonny), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Daniela), Emma Kingston (Vanessa), Jonny Labey (Graffitti Pete), Sam Mackay (Usnavi), Christina Modestou (Nina), Sarah Naudi (Carla), Eve Polycarpou (Abuela) and Wayne Robinson (Benny).

They are joined by Courtney-Mae Briggs, Reiss Hinds, Holly James and Dex Lee.

With ‘a gripping story and incredible Latin and hip-hop infused score’, In The Heights is a groundbreaking 21st century musical about what it takes to make a living, what it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.

Nathan Amzi was recently seen competing in the current series of BBC’s The Voice. His theatre credits include Rock of Ages (Garrick Theatre), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare’s Globe, LA and Broadway) and The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour).

David Bedella is best known for his Olivier Award winning performance as Satan in Jerry Springer the Opera (National Theatre). His other recent credits include Putting It Together (St James Theatre), Torch Song Trilogy and Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre) and The Rocky Horror Show (Playhouse Theatre).

Josie Benson’s recent credits include Sweeney Todd (Chichester Festival Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), The Cradle Will Rock (Arcola Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre) and The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

Damian Buhagiar is making his professional stage debut in In The Heights. His credits whilst training include The Music Man, Soho Cinders and Movin’ Out (Arts Educational Schools).

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt recently starred as Diana in the revival of the Broadway production of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. Her other recent credits include Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (Leicester Curve), Alex in Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Rizzo in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre).

Emma Kingston has just finished playing Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour). She has also appeared as Miss Lynch in the UK touring production of Grease.

Jonny Labey recently graduated from Birds College, where his credits include Sweet Charity and Joie de Vivre.

Sam Mackay has recently returned from filming his television debut in Game of Thrones for HBO. His stage credits include 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court Theatre), Flashdance (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Christina Modestou has appeared in Aladdin (Cheltenham Everyman), The Confession Room (Landor Theatre) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).

Eve Polycarpou’s stage credits include Mother Courage and Her Children (Manchester Library Theatre Company), The Bacchae and Palace of the End (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Threepenny Opera (National Theatre).

Sarah Naudi recently graduated from Arts Educational School London, where her credits include The Producers. Her work since graduating includes the feature film Une Rencontre.

Wayne Robinson is currently appearing in Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre). His other recent credits include Britney in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Seaweed in Hairspray (UK Tour) and Simba in The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre).

In The Heights is directed by Luke Sheppard and choreographed by Drew McOnie.

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