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ROOMS - A Rock Romance - casting announced

Alexis Gerred and Cassidy Janson

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALEXIS Gerred and Cassidy Janson will star in the European premiere of ROOMS – A Rock Romance, which runs at Finborough Theatre from Tuesday, April 23 to Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Alexis Gerred, who was recently seen playing Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats on National Tour and in the West End, won acclaim for his performance in the title role of Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho at Trafalgar Studios. He was also runner-up in Eurovision: Your Country Needs You for BBC TV.

Cassidy Janson’s theatre credits include Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut in Avenue Q, Elphaba in the original London cast of Wicked, Maggie Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor – The Musical at the Gielgud Theatre and Tick Tick …Boom! at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

There will also be special recorded guest appearances from Paul Gambaccini, the iconic voice of Radio 1 during the 1970s, and composer/lyricist Paul Scott Goodman.

Previously Posted: Arion Productions Ltd in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre is presenting the European premiere of a new musical, ROOMS – A Rock Romance, at the Earl’s Court venue – from April 23 to May 18, 2013.

ROOMS – A Rock Romance begins in late 1970’s Glasgow at the very height of punk rock, where Monica, an ambitious Jewish singer-songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker.

As the pair become quickly entangled – both creatively and romantically – their music together hurtles them from the dingy clubs of Scotland to the glitz of London and ultimately to New York City…

Featuring a score by award-winning Scottish composer Paul Scott Goodman and performed by a live rock band, ROOMS – A Rock Romance is both a thrilling musical journey and a poignant unconventional love story about two young artists, whose love for each other deepens whilst their desires tear them apart.

ROOMS – A Rock Romance has music, book and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman and book by Miriam Gordon. The production is directed by Andrew Keates, with musical direction by Mark Warman, choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane, set design by Philip Lindley and costume design by Philippa Batt.

Casting has yet to be announced.

Multi-award-winning director Andrew Keates will be directing his second production at the Finborough Theatre following last year’s sell-out production of Passing By by Martin Sherman. Most recently, he directed and developed the award-winning professional world premiere of A Winter’s Tale, written by Howard Goodall, Nick Stimson and himself.

Keates first came to attention after his acclaimed production of Bent in 2010 at the Landor Theatre, which subsequently transferred to the Tabard Theatre for a further run. His recent productions include The Thing About Men and The Hired Man (both at the Landor Theatre), Conjugal Rites (Courtyard Theatre) and Just So (Tabard Theatre).

His work has received many award nominations, including Best Director for Bent, Best Director and Best Entertainment for Just So, and most recently, winning Best New Musical for A Winter’s Tale and Best Musical Production for The Hired Man in the OffWestEnd Awards.

Mark Warman’s credits as Musical Director include The Rocky Horror Show (Royal Court Theatre), Pete Townsend’s The Iron Man (Young Vic), Metropolis (Piccadilly Theatre), Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse – 2004 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production), Sinatra (London Palladium), Chess In Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Sweeney Todd (Holland Park Opera).

Choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane is best known for her work at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where she choreographed Maltby and Shire’s new musical Take Flight, They’re Playing Our Song and The Invisible Man, as well as working with Jason Robert Brown on the UK premiere of The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World.

Paul Scott Goodman was born and raised in Glasgow. In 1984, he relocated to New York City after five years of performing in London and a year in Los Angeles. He was the first recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Best New Songwriter Award, winner of the Backstage Bistro Award for Domestica (book, music and lyrics), first solo recipient of the Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, and winner of the Gilman Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Commendation Award.

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