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The Glorious Ones - casting complete

Peter Straker

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING is now complete for the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens’ and Stephen Flaherty’s The Glorious Ones, which runs at the Landor Theatre from March 12 (previews from March 6) to April 7, 2012.

Joining Peter Straker and Mike Christie are Christopher Berry, Kate Brennan, Anouska Eaton, Peter Gerald and Jodie Beth Meyer.

Jamaican born Peter Straker first attracted attention in 1968 when he starred as Hud in the original London production of the seminal musical Hair.

Since then, he has appeared on a regular basis in both musical and theatre productions in the West End, where his credits include Pete Townsend’s Tommy (Queen’s Theatre); Blues In The Night (Piccadilly Theatre); the title role in Ken Hill’s The Phantom Of The Opera (originally performed at Theatre Royal, Stratford then at Shaftesbury Theatre) and Hot Stuff (Cambridge Theatre).

Mike Christie is best known as one quarter of the Platinum selling recording group G4, who rose to prominence in the first ever series of The X Factor and went on to sell over two million albums in the UK.

He has just starred in two separate productions of Cinderella (in Ludlow and Exeter) and, having just released his self-penned debut solo album, will embark on a UK solo tour later this year.

Previously Posted: Following the success of Ragtime, the Landor Theatre is presenting the European premiere of The Glorious Ones – from Tuesday, March 6 to Saturday, April 7, 2012.

Based on the novel by Francine Prose, The Glorious Ones has book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty.

Set in 17th-century Italy, The Glorious Ones concerns a theatre group in the world of commedia dell’arte and theatre of the Italian Renaissance.

Described as a sung valentine to the actor’s life with its joys, hardships and sorrows, it is set during a period when the comic theatre was beginning to shed its vulgar roots and evolve toward a greater refinement.

Mike Christie

The Glorious Ones travel the length and breadth of Italy, playing commedia dell’arte in the streets and palaces with equal vigour. Founded by the ingenious madman Flaminia Scala, the small company of players endures passionate affairs, riots, disgrace – all manner of triumph and hardship.

Pantalone the miser, sunny Armanda the dwarf and gossip loving Columbina view their myriad shared adventures through markedly different eyes. Yet not one of them is prepared for the strange twisting of the road brought about by the mysterious arrival of Isabella Andreini, who is about to change their wayward troupe….

Long-time associates Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty won the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for their score of the Broadway musical Ragtime. They also garnered two Oscar nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for the songs and score of the animated feature film, Anastasia (Gold Record and Number One Song.)

They are co-creators of the Broadway musicals Once On This Island (eight Tony Award nominations, Olivier Award for Best Musical) and Seussical (Grammy and Drama Desk nominations and one of the most frequently performed show in America).

Their other Broadway and off-Broadway credits include My Favorite Year, A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical), Dessa Rose (winner, 2005 Audelco Award for Best Musical, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Lucky Stiff (Helen Hayes Award, Best Musical) and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.

The Glorious Ones reunites the award-winning creative team behind Ragtime – director Robert McWhir, designer Martrin Thomas and lighting designer Howard Hudson.

The production also has musical direction by David Randall, choreography by Robbie O’Reilly, costume supervision by Hannah Gibbs and orchestrations by Niall Bailey. Casting has yet to be announced.

Tickets: £18 (no concessions) – available from the box office on 020 7737 7276 or online at www.landortheatre.co.uk.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.