Disney's High School Musical Makes London Premiere June 28

News   Disney's High School Musical Makes London Premiere June 28 The stage version of Disney's High School Musical makes its London premiere June 28 at the Hammersmith Apollo with an official opening scheduled for July 5.
The cast of High School Musical.
The cast of High School Musical.

The production is currently booking through Aug. 31. The musical is simultaneously touring the U.K. with a separate company, with dates currently scheduled through February 2009.

The company for the London run includes Letitia Dean (who played Sharon Watts, one of the original cast members of the TV soap "EastEnders," who was also seen in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing) as Ms Darbus. Norman Bowman plays Coach Bolton; in the West End and on tour, he has played Sky Masterson in the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls. Other credits include Marius in Les Misérables (West End and U.K. tour), Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Tony Candelino in Master Class, Tony in West Side Story, Artie in Sunset Boulevard, Munkustrap in Cats and Danny in Grease (U.K. tours).

The cast also includes Mark Evans and Claire-Marie Hall as the school's star-crossed lovers, Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, and Rebecca Faulkenberry and Michael Pickering as the school's resident drama queen Sharpay Evans and her loyal brother/sidekick Ryan. Other featured roles are taken by Nadine Higin as Taylor McKessie, Damian Winter-Higgins as Chad Danford, Dylan Turner as Zee Baylor, Ben Nicholas as Jack Scott, Laurie Scarth as Martha Cox and Holly Taylor as Kelsi Neilson. The ensemble is completed by Gregor Stewart, Simon Hardwick, Nyroy Dixon, Matt Flint, Adam Bracegirdle, Helen Morris, Maxine Ewenson, Stephanie Siadatan, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Samantha Tan, Hayley Griffiths, Chris Milford, Carl Au, Karli Vale and Sarah-Louise Warden.

High School Musical began as a made-for-TV movie and led later to a stadium tour of the original cast, and spin-offs that also include an ice-show version, a video game, best-selling book and CD soundtrack. The stage adaptation features a book by David Simpatico (adapted from the original movie script by Peter Barsocchini), and is directed by Jeff Calhoun (Grease and Big River on Broadway).

To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 847 2397 or visit www.HSMonstage.co.uk.