The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced the cast for the UK premiere of Gerard Alessandrini’s Spamilton: An American Parody which opens at the theatre on 24 July 2018, with previews from 12 July and runs until 8 September.
Alessandrini directs Marc Akinfolarin, Jason Denton, Eddie Elliott, Liam Tamne and Julie Yammanee, with special guests Sophie-Louise Dann and Damian Humbley. The production renews Alessandrini’s collaboration with the Menier following Forbidden Broadway which ran both at the theatre and in the West End.
Alessandrini brings his singular wit to the all-conquering musical Hamilton – in the words of its creator Lin Manuel Miranda: “I laughed my brains out.” Following the success of Forbidden Broadway, Alessandrini returns to the Menier to lampoon the multi-award-winning Hamilton, with Spamilton: An American Parody, which not only takes target at Broadway’s biggest export, but a host of the theatre world’s biggest names and musicals.
Choreography for the production is by Gerry McIntyre, with set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Dustin Cross, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Gregory Clarke and Jonathan Everett, musical arrangements by Fred Barton and musical direction by Simon Beck.
Spamilton is presented in association with John Freedson, David Zippel and Christine Pedi.
Marc Akinfolarin returns to the Menier, where he previously appeared in Assassins and The Color Purple. His other theatre credits include Spamalot (UK tour), Peter and The Starcatcher (Royal and Derngate, Northampton), Floyd Collins (Wilton’s Music Hall), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour), Sweeney Todd (English National Opera), Porgy and Bess (Royal Danish Opera), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep), Soul Man (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Landor Theatre) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour).
Sophie-Louise Dann returns to the Menier where she previously appeared in both productions of Forbidden Broadway. Her other theatre work includes The Girls (Olivier Award nomination), Bend it Like Beckham (both Phoenix Theatre), Oliver! (Grange Park Opera), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), Closer than Ever (Jermyn Street Theatre), Hairspray (Curve Theatre, Leicester), The Kitchen Sink (Hull Truck), The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Kensington Gardens), Lend Me a Tenor (Gielgud Theatre – Oliver Award nomination) and The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Jason Denton’s theatre work includes The School of Rock (New London Theatre), Showboat (New London and Sheffield Theatres), Save The Last Dance For Me (UK tour), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Stephen Ward (both at the Aldwych), Hot Stuff, Hello Dolly!, Piaf (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Britain’s Got Bhangra (UK tour), I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour) and Much Ado About Nothing (Complete Works Theatre Co).
Eddie Elliott’s theatre work includes Motown (Shaftesbury Theatre), Dry Cleaned (Intermission Theatre), Cinderella (Hackney Empire), South Pacific (Barbican and UK tour), Five Guys Named Moe (Theatre at the Mill), We Will Rock You (UK tour), The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre) and The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre).
Damian Humbley returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory having appeared in Merrily We Roll Along (also Harold Pinter Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company, USA), Life of the Party (also TheatreWorks SV – Bay Theatre Award), Forbidden Broadway (also Vaudeville Theatre) and The Last 5 Years. His other theatre work includes Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre), The Woman In White (Palace Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Savoy Theatre), Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre), Putting It Together, Songs for a New World (St James Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Salisbury Playhouse), Company (Sheffield Crucible) and Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour).
Liam Tamne’s theatre work includes Working (Southwark Playhouse), The Rocky Horror Show (UK tour), The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Departure Lounge — the Musical (Perfect Pitch), Hair (Gielgud Theatre), Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre).
Julie Yammanee’s theatre credits include And the Winner Is (Vaults Festival), Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre), Priscilla Queen of The Desert (international tour), Here Lies Love (National Theatre), Avenue Q (UK tour), The World Goes Round (Yellow Glass Theatre) and Rapunzel (Theatre Royal Stratford East).