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First photo released of Matthew McKenna as Bananaman

Matthew McKenna as muscle-bound super-hero Bananaman. Photo by Claire Billyard.

Casting news

THE first photo has been released of Matthew McKenna as muscle-bound super-hero Bananaman in the world premiere of Bananaman the Musical at Southwark Playhouse.

The photo (right) is by Caire Billyard.

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for Bananaman the Musical, which runs at Southwark Playhouse from December 15, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

Playing the Man-of-Peel will be Matthew McKenna, with Marc Pickering (Young “Nucky” Thompson in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Montparnasse in the Les Misérables movie) as Bananaman’s arch nemesis Doctor Gloom, the super villain seeking world domination.

They are joined by Jodie Jacobs (Broadway World Award for Best Supporting Actress for Rock Of Ages) as Eric’s loyal sidekick, Crow; Mark Newnham (Dave Davies in Sunny Afternoon) as Eric Wimp; and Carl Mullaney (Les Misérables, Chicago) as General Blight.

Completing the cast are TJ Lloyd as Chief O’Reilly, Lizzii Hills as Mrs Wimp, Brian Gilligan as Mad Magician, Emma Ralston as Fiona and ensemble members Chris McGuigan and Amy Perry.

Matthew McKenna as Bananaman

Matthew McKenna has appeared in many major West End musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde the Musical, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express (as Elektra), and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) and both Singing in the Rain and 42nd Street at the Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris.

Bananaman, the Man-of-Peel, is a unique member of the superhero ranks. Our handsome hero may have a jaw line you can see from space and sport the snazziest of tight lycra outfits, but this superhero has ‘the muscles of 20 men and the brain of 20 mussels.’ Which isn’t much.

With supervillains Doctor Gloom and General Blight attempting world domination who can we call? Superman’s on holiday, Spiderman’s not picking up – our only option, our very very last option is – Bananaman.

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