Victor/Victoria - final casting announced
FINAL casting has been announced for the Broadway musical comedy Victor/Victoria, which runs at Southwark Playhouse from Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Joining the previously announced Anna Francolini in the twin lead roles of Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grazinski are: Michael Cotton, Mark Curry, Matthew Cutts, Richard Dempsey, Dafydd Gwyn Howells, Luke Johnson, Natalie Kent, Ashley Knight, Amira Matthews, Kate Nelson, Matthew Pennington, Jean Perkins, Kayleigh Ross and Nick Stuart.
New Zealander Matthew Cutts, who plays American mobster King Marchand, has appeared in several major West End musicals, playing Rusty and Greaseball in Starlight Express, Monty in Saturday Night Fever, Munkustrap in Cats and Kenicke in Grease. He has also appered in Miss Saigon in Australia.
Richard Dempsey (Toddy) has just played Cambridge in Henry V and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale for Ed Hall’s Propellor company on a world tour. Also for Propellor, he played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice.
His many musical theatre credits include Neil in Dirty Dancing, Jack in Into the Woods and Nick in Fame, all in the West End, Ugly Duckling in Honk! at the National Theatre, Elephant’s Child in Just So at Chichester and Gerald Bolingbroke in Me and My Girl at the Crucible, Sheffield.
Victor/Victoria is set in Paris in the 1930s. Victoria, a penniless, starving British soprano with an amazing vocal range, is rescued by Toddy, a performer at night club Chez Lui, who comes up with the crazy idea to disguise her as a man called Count Victor Grazinski and become the toast of Gay Paree as the world’s greatest female impersonator.
However, things get complicated when King Marchand, an American mobster from Chicago and very straight, sees the celebrated act and finds himself strangely attracted to Victor.
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