Evita's Osman to Be Part of U.K. Side by Side by Sondheim

News   Evita's Osman to Be Part of U.K. Side by Side by Sondheim Casting is complete for the previously announced production of Side by Side by Sondheim, which will play a limited engagement at The Venue in London beginning April 26.

Abbie Osman, who was a standby for the title role in the West End revival of Evita, will join Alasdair Harvey and Josie Walker for the musical revue, which is being produced by Melanie Herman and Neil Laidlaw. The show will also feature a cast of rotating narrators, including Les Dennis, Christopher Cazenove, Barry Cryer and Angela Rippon.

The 12-week run will feature direction by Hannah Chissick and musical staging by Adam Cooper, who was Tony-nominated for his work in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. Performances will play through July 14.

With original narration written by Ned Sherrin, the creative team will also include Michael Haslam (musical supervision), Bob Bailey (design) and Robert A. Jones (lighting design).

Side by Side by Sondheim features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim with additional music by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne. After a successful U.K. run, the revue played Broadway's Music Box Theatre April 1977-February 1978 before transferring to the Morosco Theatre, where it played through March 1978. The original Broadway cast included David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Julia McKenzie and Ned Sherrin.

The Venue is located at 5 Leicester Place in Leicester Square, London. Tickets, priced £20-£40, are available by calling 0870 899 3335 or by visiting www.seetickets.com.

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