Producers have announced that there has been a cast change for the upcoming European premiere of the musical Death Takes A Holiday, which runs at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from 16 January to 4 March 2017, with a press night, as planned, on 23 January.
Maxwell Caulfield has withdrawn from the production due to unforeseen circumstances and the role of Duke Vittorio Lamberti will now be played by Mark Inscoe.
A soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love, the European premiere of Death Takes A Holiday, directed by Thom Southerland, has a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine) and a book by multi Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone. It is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which also inspired the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt.
In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death. Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premièred Off Broadway in 2011.
Mark Inscoe played Hugh Dorsey in Thom Southerland’s acclaimed production of Parade at Southwark Playhouse. His many musical theatre credits include William Desmond Taylor in Mack & Mabel (Chichester), Emile de Becque in South Pacific and Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady (Kilworth House), Captain Von Trapp in The Sound Of Music (Leicester Curve), Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (Palace) and Tabarro in La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Death Takes A Holiday stars Zoë Doano, Chris Peluso and Gay Soper. The rest of the cast features: Kathryn Akin, Anthony Cable, Trudi Camilleri, Ken Christiansen, Scarlett Courtney, Sophie-May Feek, James Gant (who takes over from Peluso from 11 February), Matthew McDonald, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas, Helen Turner.
Creative team: Director Thom Southerland, Set Designer Morgan Large, Costume Designer Jonathan Lipman, Lighting Designer Matt Daw, Sound Designer Andrew Johnson, Choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane, Musical Director Dean Austin, Casting Director Danielle Tarento.
Death Takes A Holiday is the third Charing Cross Theatre production, following Titanic and Ragtime, produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.