Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire's Closer Than Ever Will Play London; Four-Person Cast Announced

By Andrew Gans
13 Dec 2013

David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.
David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Songsmiths Ltd. in association with Jermyn Street Theatre will present Closer Than Ever, the acclaimed revue of songs by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire, May 6-June 7, 2014, at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

Conceived by Steven Scott Smith with musical direction by Nathan Martin, the limited engagement will be directed by Maltby, Jr. Emily Maltby will re-create the original choreography of Kurt Stamm.

The four-person cast will comprise Olivier Award nominees Graham Bickley, Sophie-Louise Dann and Issy van Randwyck with Arvid Larsen.

Closer Than Ever is described as an "intimate musical about love, friendship, security, happiness — and holding onto those essentials in a world that pulls us in a hundred directions at once." Read the previous feature about Maltby and Shire's work on Closer Than Ever.

The recent York Theatre Company production of the musical, which featured Jenn Colella (Urban Cowboy, High Fidelity, Chaplin), George Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel), 2011 Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde, Chaplin) and Sal Viviano (The Full Monty), was recorded and released on the Jay Records label.

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