Casting Announced for New West End Musical From Here to Eternity
By Mark Shenton
Casting has been announced for the world premiere of From Here to Eternity, Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson's new stage musical of James Jones' 1951 debut novel that's best known for the 1953 Oscar-winning film that starred Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed.
It will begin performances Sept. 30 prior to an official opening Oct. 23 at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre.
The cast will be led by Darius Campbell as Warden, Robert Lonsdale as Prewitt, Ryan Sampson as Maggie, Siubhan Harrison as Lorene and Rebecca Thornill as Karen.
The cast also includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Marc Antolin, Julie Armstrong, James Ballanger, John Brannoch, Abigail Climer, Brian Doherty, Jessica Ellen, Dale Evans, Shimi Goodman, Kirby Hughes, Lauren Ingram, Dean John-Wilson, Joshua Lacey, Carolyn Maitland, Nuno Queimado, Lucinda Shaw, Warren Sollars, David Stoller, Rebecca Sutherland, Laura Tyrer, Adam Vaughan, Lauren Varnham, Stephen Webb and Matthew Wesley.
According to press materials, the show is set in Pearl Harbor,1941, where the girls sing "'don’cha like Hawaii,' the men of G Company sing the blues, and where even on an army base, love and desire are never very far away. When the troubled Private Prewitt falls for the kind hearted escort club girl Lorene, and when his platoon sergeant, Warden, embarks on a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife, Karen, the lives of both men are set on a course they cannot control. As war approaches, the worlds of the four lovers and the soldiers of G Company are dramatically ripped apart."
The production is directed by Tamara Harvey, designed by Soutra Gilmour and choreographed by Javier De Frutos. Lighting design is by Bruno Poet, sound by Mick Potter and orchestrations and musical supervision by David White. Casting is by Pippa Ailion. It is produced by Tim Rice and Lee Menzies for Eternity Productions Limited.
Campbell, previously known as Darius Danesh, came to fame on the TV shows "Popstars" and "Pop Idol," and his debut single "Colourblind" went to number one in the charts. He has gone on to have five U.K. top ten singles. In 2010 he took part in "Popstar to Operstar," winning the series. His previous West End stage appearances include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Rhett Butler in Trevor Nunn's production of Gone with the Wind. He has also appeared as Escamillo in Carmen at the O2 Arena.
Harrison has appeared in the West End in Grease, Marguerite, Les Misérables, Tommy and We Will Rock You.
Lonsdale has been seen at the Donmar Warehouse in Anna Christie and in the West End and on Broadway in La Bête.
Sampson is currently appearing as part of the Open Court season at the Royal Court. Other theatre credits include The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre), Canary (Liverpool Everyman/Hampstead Theatre), Dido – Queen of Carthage, DNA and The Miracle (National Theatre) and Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse). TV credits include "Plebs," "Fresh Meat" and "After You've Gone."
Thornhill has appeared in the West End in The Witches of Eastwick, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Show Boat, Les Misérables, Ragtime, The Full Monty, Beauty and the Beast, Cats and She Loves Me. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role as Lina Lamont in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Singin’ in the Rain that transferred to the National Theatre, where she also appeared in Oklahoma! transferred to the West End.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7379 5399, or visit www.FromHereToEternityTheMusical.com for more details.
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