Principal Cast Announced for London Premiere of Maltby, Shire and Weidman's Take Flight

News   Principal Cast Announced for London Premiere of Maltby, Shire and Weidman's Take Flight
Principal casting has been announced for the world premiere of Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire and John Weidman's Take Flight, which takes off at London's Menier Chocolate Factory July 13 followed by an official opening night on July 25.

With a book by Weidman, the musical is inspired by the history of flying. Joining the previously announced Sally Anne Triplett (Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Anything Goes; Carrie on Broadway), who will play the role of Amelia Earhart, will be Ian Bartholomew (Into the Woods, Tommy, Dead Funny) as George Putnam and Michael Jibson (Our House) as Charles Lindbergh. The Wright Brothers will be played by Sam Kenyon (Amadeus, Sweeney Todd) and Elliot Levey (His Dark Materials and On Religion).

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 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.

John Weidman co-conceived and wrote the book for the Tony-winning musical Contact. He also penned the books for Pacific Overtures, Big and Assassins the Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes.

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.

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