James Fox Moves Into London's Movin' Out

News   James Fox Moves Into London's Movin' Out James Fox, who received his big break in the BBC television talent show “Fame Academy,” will take on the role of Piano Man in the West End production of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out.

The award-winning musical starts previews at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre March 28 and officially opens April 18. The production runs in London until July 17 before commencing a European tour.

Set to such Joel hits as “Uptown Girl,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “She’s Got a Way” and the title track “Movin’ Out,” the 24-song musical differs from other back-catalogue adaptations — like Queen’s We Will Rock You and ABBA’s Mamma Mia! — in that the narrative is driven not by dialogue, but dance, with choreography by the Tony Award-winning Twyla Tharp.

After Fox was discovered on “Fame Academy,” he went on to play the role of Judas in the 2004-05 British tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. His performance in the musical led Movin’ Out producers to cast him as Piano Man in the North American tour of the show.

Joel has had 33 top-40 hits, 23 Grammy nominations and with Movin’ Out jointly won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations with Stuart Malina.

Tharp has choreographed five Hollywood movies, including “Hair” and “Amadeus.” Her résumé also boasts two Emmys and 17 honorary doctorates. Movin’ Out grossed over $100 million on Broadway during its three-year run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre where the show ran for over 1,300 performances.

The musical received 10 Tony nominations and has toured across North America playing to 50 cities since February 2004.