The full cast has been announced for the return of British musical Eugenius! for a six-week season at The Other Palace from 1 September 2018.
Returning to the cast are: Laura Baldwin (Big Fish The Musical) as Eugene’s love interest Janey; Daniel Buckley (The Book Of Mormon, Loserville) as Feris; Scott Paige (The Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Theo; and Alison Arnopp (the title role in Dusty) as Space Diva/Mrs Truthstretcher.
Joining them are: Rob Houchen (Les Misérables, Broken Wings); Neil McDermott (EastEnders, The Wind in the Willows); Emily Tierney (Wicked); Alex Bourne (Annie, We Will Rock You); and Simon Thomas (The Phantom of the Opera, Legally Blonde).
Producer Warwick Davis, the legendary Star Wars and Harry Potter actor, said:
“We are so thrilled to finally reveal our new cast – we have some of the most exciting young stars who have already played some of the biggest roles in the most successful West End musical hits. They are going to help take our show into another dimension.
“At the beginning of the year, Eugenius! had a buzz-filled, triumphant six-week premiere at The Other Palace. Since then we’ve been busy tweaking, tickling, tightening and super-charging the show. So if you missed Eugenius! last time this is your chance to finally see what the buzz is all about.”
The rest of the cast are: Christopher Ragland, Tom Senior, Alex Tranter, Ben Darcy, Dilllon Scott-Lewis, Lauren Cancannon, Amy West and Sasha Wareham. With the voice of Brian Blessed as Space Lord.
Eugenius!, with book, music and lyrics by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, is the story of Eugene, a teenage boy whose nightly dreams of a distant world of heroes and villains could be the ticket to him creating his very own comic book movie in Hollywood.
Joined on his amazing adventures by best friends Janey and Feris, the comic writing genius finds the superhero within, saves the world from earthbound villains – and those from distant galaxies – and along the way, falls in love!
Director Ian Talbot is joined in the creative team by assistant director Anthony Houghton, musical supervisor Stuart Morley, musical director Darren Lord, choreographer Aaron Renfree, lighting designer Andrew Ellis, original sound designer Gareth Owen, sound designer Dan Samson, associate sound designer David Beckham, set and costume designer Hannah Wolfe, casting director Jim Arnold and creative consultant Michael Jibson.
Rob Houchen (Eugene). His West End starring roles include Marius in Les Misérables and Gibran in Broken Wings. He was Fleet in Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre.
Neil McDermott (Evil Lord Hector) is best known as Ryan Malloy in EastEnders, which saw him nominated Most Popular Newcomer at the National Television Awards. His previous West End bad boy roles include Chief Weasel in The Wind in the Willows and Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical. He was Bill Sykes in Oliver! at Grange Park Opera.
Emily Tierney (Carrie/Super Hot Lady) has played Glinda in both Wicked and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. She also starred as Molly Jensen in Ghost.
Alex Bourne (Lex) has just played Daddy Warbucks in the West End production of Annie. He was Khashoggi in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and starred as Daryl in The Witches of Eastwick at the Watermill Theatre.
Simon Thomas (Gerhard/Tough Man) has starred in the West End as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and Warner Huntingdon III in Legally Blonde. He was Black in The Wild Party at The Other Palace.