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W/E stars headline the London premiere of Picture Perfect

Helen Hobson

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WEST End stars Helen Hobson and Jerome Pradon headline the London premiere of Picture Perfect: A New Musical at St James Studio.

A contemporary song-cycle musical that explores love and relationships using the songs of award-winning American composer Scott Evan Davis, it will play four performances on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Josh is graduating college and preparing to face the future – whatever that may bring! Unlucky in love, he wonders whether the right person is out there for him. Ellie, on her gap year from her law degree, wonders whether she’s making the right decisions in life – both professional and personal!

Harry and Elizabeth, Josh’s parents, are also at a turning point in their lives – with Harry inadvertently starting an affair with a younger woman, and Elizabeth believing now is the time to finally leave her husband. Is anything ‘Picture Perfect’?

Helen Hobson’s West End starring roles include Donna in Mamma Mia!, Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and the Mother Abbess in the acclaimed production of The Sound of Music at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Jerome Pradon’s West End starring roles include Javert in Les Miserables, Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings and The Man in Whistle Down the Wind.

They are joined in Picture Perfect by Lucie Jones, whose credits include American Psycho (Almeida Theatre), Meatloaf in We Will Rock You (intrenational tour) and Cosette in Les Miserables (West End); and Joel Harper-Jackson who has just appeared in the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour.

Picture Perfect, in its earliest revue format, had previous productions in New York and LA. It has now been further developed and written for the London stage, drawing on new original material as well as work from Davis’ debut 2011 recording, Cautiously Optimistic.

Over the past two years, Scott Evan Davis’ music has gained international praise. Last spring he was the recipient of a Courage in Theater Award from Musical Theater International for his musical A Powerful Day, written with autistic students at the Spectrum School in Manhattan. With librettist Tessa Derfner, he is currently developing a new musical, INDIGO, about an autistic child.

Jerome Pradon

Davis last performed in London alongside Georgia Stitt and Michael Patrick Walker in the Matcham Room at the London Hippodrome. He won the first ever Broadwayworld Award for Best Song with If We Say Goodbye, which features in Picture Perfect: A New Musical.

Picture Perfect: A New Musical is conceived and directed by Simon Greiff, who has been developing new musicals for the stage since 2009. He has previously worked with Perfect Pitch and is an Associate for Mercury Musical Developments, the only writer-based organisation devoted to the development of new work. He recently developed and directed Payback (Riverside Studios), and represented the UK directing Stand Tall at 45th Street Theatre New York as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Greiff is also known for championing new writers through London Concerts and Records as part of SimG Productions/SimG Records. (www.SimGProductions.com).

The Musical Director of Picture Perfect: A New Musical is Colin Billing.

Picture Perfect: A New Musical is produced by United Theatrical and is the third in a season of American work produced by them following the music of Broadway composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, Big Fish, The Wild Party, John and Jen) and Off-Broadway writing duo Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, both at the St James Studio.

Tickets: £15, £25, £30 – available from the box office on 0844 264 2140 or online at www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Saturday, May 31 at 4pm and 8pm; Sunday, June 1 at 3pm and 7pm.