Casting Announced for New Touring Production of 20th Century Boy, Musical Based on Marc Bolan's Life and Music
20 Feb 2014
Casting has been announced for a new U.K. touring production of the musical 20th Century Boy, based on the life and music of Glam Rock legend Marc Bolan.
The show, which previously had regional outings at Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre in 2011 and Coventry's Belgrade Theatre in 2012, will launch its tour at the Eden Court in Inverness April 18.
It will then continue to Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Sunderland, York, Belfast, Woking, Cardiff, London's Wimbledon Theatre, Wolverhampton, Plymouth and Southend.
Warren Sollis, who has appeared in the West End in Mamma Mia!, Kiss Me Kate and, currently, From Here to Eternity, will play Bolan. Also in the cast are Sue Jenkins, Luke Bailey, Jade Albertson, Matthew Ashcroft, Lakesha Cammock, Andy Coxon, Llandyl Gove, Nathan Graham, Donna Hines, Christopher Hunt, Peter Manchester, Chris Milford, Katia Sartini, Steve Simmonds, Lucy Sinclair and Naomi Slights.
The show is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, written by Peter Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd, with music and lyrics by Marc Bolan. Designs are by Diego Pitarch, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Chris Whybrow, musical supervision and arrangement by John Maher, video design by Will Duke and casting by Anne Vosser. It is produced by Bolanic Productions.
In a press statement, Lloyd commented, "After working on this very special project for over five years, I am extremely excited to take Marc Bolan's classic catalogue of songs out on the road in the UK. Marc is still very loved by a whole generation of fans and I really hope this piece will open up some of his greatest hits to a whole new generation. With a remarkable new cast, including Sue Jenkins, Luke Bailey and Warren Sollars, we are celebrating with this number one national tour. I hope the U.K. are ready to don their feather boas, rock out in their 70's heels and Get It On!"
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