Rock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus will have nine concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace, London from 10 to 17 March 2018.
Directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy, the production will be semi-staged and performed by a live six-piece band. Previously titled 27 when it ran at London’s Cockpit Theatre in 2016, the musical now has a new title, a revised book and new songs.
With full cast and creative team for the new run to be announced, Arlene Phillips said:
“We were inspired by the recent workshop performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express and believed this method of presentation would be invaluable to the development of Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus.”
Meanwhile, Cassidy, who has written the book, music and lyrics, said: “It’s true that musicals are not written, but rather rewritten, and this is a fantastic opportunity. In 2016, we opened a completely new British rock musical and enjoyed a very successful six-week season at the 170-seat Cockpit Theatre.
“We had great audiences, with many people seeing it more than once, but we were not completely happy with elements of the production. I’ve since looked at the book, revised the storyline, dropped some songs and added new ones.”
Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek tale of Orpheus and the underworld, looking at mental illness and addiction in society and more specifically the rock music business, with a storyline with echoes of the tragically short lives of some of music’s brightest stars, including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.