Following a successful season of Monday night shows at the Lyric Theatre since February, Showstopper: The Improvised Musical has announced three more Monday dates for 2016 – 10 October, 14 November and 12 December. This builds on Showstopper’s critically acclaimed, continuous season, further along Shaftesbury Avenue at the Apollo Theatre, in autumn 2015.
Every night the cast of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical pull off something incredibly ambitious; they create a real musical from scratch, not just an improv night with songs but a full story with characters you can care about, a live band of incredible musicians, and seamless choreography. This ingenious, unique blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity scooped two awards this year – an Olivier Award in the Best Entertainment and Family category and a Chortle Award in the Character, Improv and Sketch category.
Highlights from the 2015/2016 West End run have included: ‘Peter Panama’ a redemptive tale of off – shore accounting and tax avoidance featuring the Guys and Dolls – inspired opening number ‘Bring Out Your Money’; ‘Queen of Spades’, set in the gardens of Buckingham Palace and featuring the show’s first ever call for ‘Oh Calcutta’; ‘These Are a Few of My Favourite Pills’ set in a Nursing Home , ‘Blatt Out of Hell’ from the Fifa HQ, ‘The Lyin’ King’ set in the Daily Mail newsroom; ‘I never tyre of Georgia’ set in Kwikfit in the Deep South and ‘Bricking It’, the sad history of the Guernsey Lego factory.
Showstopper! was created by Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery. Duncan Walsh Atkins is Musical Director, with design by Simon Scullion, lighting by Tim Mascall and sound by Tom Lishman. The cast includes Ruth Bratt, Justin Brett, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Sean McCann, Adam Meggido, Philip Pellew, Andrew Pugsley, Lucy Trodd, and Sarah-Louise Young; with seven cast members appearing per performance plus a live on-stage band.
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is presented by James Seabright, Julie Clare, Keith Strachan and Ray Cooney by arrangement with Suzanna Rosenthal for Showstopper Productions.