Inspired by the history of flying, Take Flight will officially open at the Menier's 180-seat Southwark venue July 25 following previews that begin July 13.
The production will reunite director Sam Buntrock, designer David Farley and musical supervisor Caroline Humphris, the creative team behind the Menier's Broadway-bound, multi-Olivier-winning revival of Sunday in the Park With George.
The full cast has yet to be announced, but West End regular Sally Anne Triplett (Guys and Dolls, Chicago and Anything Goes; and Broadway's Carrie) will play the role of Amelia Earhart. Other real-life flying greats depicted in the show include the Wright Bothers and Charles Lindbergh.
The musical has been a long time in development and was first showcased as a concert in 2004 at Australia's Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
The production notes for the Adelaide performance described the show drawing its inspiration from "the spirit of invention in us all...and that it is just as noble in those who fail as in those who succeed. Take Flight is about flying, about the invention of the airplane, about creativity, and about the human need to take risks." Take Flight features a book by John Weidman and a score by Richard Maltby, Jr. (lyrics) and David Shire (music).
Maltby and Shire are the songwriters whose urbane Off-Broadway revues, Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever, are beloved by fans of the form. Cabaret singers have plucked songs from the shows to present in nightspots around the world. Maltby (lyricist of Miss Saigon) and Shire also collaborated on the musicals Baby and Big.
The Menier has a track record of staging American musicals. Jonathan Larson's tick, tick . . . boom! and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years both received their U.K. premieres there.
For more information on Take Flight, which is booking until Sept. 22, call (0)020 7907 7060.