The stage adaptation of the 2000 coming-of-age film But I’m a Cheerleader will be showcased along with seven other musicals in development as part of the inaugural MTFestUK, running February 11–23 at The Other Palace theatre.
But I’m a Cheerleader has book and lyrics by Bill Augustin, and music by Andrew Abrams. Paul Taylor-Mills and Adam Bialow produce in special arrangement with Lionsgate.
Carrie Hope Fletcher, who starred in the London premiere of the musical Heathers—also at the Other Palace—will lead a cast that includes Jodie Jacobs (Unexpected Joy), Jamie Muscato (Heathers), Stephen Hogan (Merrily We Roll Along), Ben Forster (Rocky Horror Show), and Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie). Musical direction is by Michael Bradley. Casting is by Will Burton.
Based on a story by Jamie Babbit, But I’m a Cheerleader tells the story of Megan, an all-American high school cheerleader who seems to have it all: She's popular, pretty, intelligent, has a football player boyfriend and lives the perfect high school life. But that's all about to change. Her friends and family suspect Megan is a lesbian, and after staging an intervention, send her to a rehabilitation camp to put her on the straight and narrow. Here, under the strict tutelage of headmistress Mary Brown, Megan meets Graham, a sexy tomboy.
Other musicals included in MTFestUK's “Taster Menu” new works showcase are the once-Broadway-aimed musical Nerds; AA the musical, from Jerry Springer the Opera writer Richard Thomas; Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner’s First Date; Porn The Musical; the musical parody Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher; the superhero musical The Protagonists; and Killer Queen, a rap and R&B take on the life of Marie Antoinette.
For tickets to other MTFestUK events and performances, visit mtfestuk.co.uk.