NEWS: Thom Southerland brings musicals season to Charing Cross Theatre as new artistic director

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Thom Southerland has been appointed Artistic Director of Charing Cross Theatre. The rising star director has programmed an opening season of major musicals, including the return of his acclaimed multi award-winning 2013 hit Titanic (first seen at Southwark Playhouse) and the European premiere of  Death Takes a Holiday.

Titanic was originally produced at Southwark Playhouse in 2013 by Danielle Tarento. Tarento and Southerland will continue their successful long-time collaboration at Charing Cross Theatre, where she will co-produce the entire season with Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.

Following Titanic (Saturday 28 May – Saturday 6 August) with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone, the three other productions are:

  • Radio Times (Saturday 20 August – Saturday 1 October) music by Noel Gay and book by Abi Grant with additional material from Alex Armitage.
  • Ragtime (Saturday 8 October – Saturday 26 November) music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally.
  • Death Takes a Holiday (Saturday 3 December – Saturday 21 January, 2017) music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan, the European premiere of the follow-up to Titanic by its Tony Award-winning composers.

Southerland will direct all the shows apart from Radio Times, which will be directed by Ben Woolf.

Steven M. Levy said: “Thom Southerland’s appointment marks the start of an exciting, fabulous new chapter in the history of our theatre. As we turn into a full-time producing house we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Thom as Artistic Director and to welcome Danielle Tarento as our season co-producer.”

Southerland, speaking from Japan, where he’s directing a new version of his London hit (also produced by Tarento), Grand Hotel, said:

“Having directed The Mikado at Charing Cross Theatre, I am thrilled to have been appointed Artistic Director. It’s doubly exciting to be able to premiere Titanic composer Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday to round off this first season.”

THE SEASON IN FULL

TITANIC

Saturday 28 May – Saturday 6 August
Press night Monday 6 June at 7.30pm

The thrilling London premiere of the Broadway musical Titanic became one of the hottest must-see shows, winning  a clutch of Best Musical awards, four and 5 star rave reviews across the board and and it was Critics Choice in many national newspapers.

Now the multi award-winning production, first seen in 2013 at Southwark Playhouse, is coming back to London with director Thom Southerland once again at the helm.

Titanic will set sail for a 10-week season at Charing Cross Theatre from Saturday 28 May – Saturday 6 August, produced by Danielle Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.

Titanic at Southwark Playhouse in 2013

Titanic at Southwark Playhouse in 2013

In the final hour of 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ‘the unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century. 1517 men, womåen and children lost their lives.

Based on actual characters aboard the greatest ship in the world, Maury Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly-enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their hegemony lasting forever.

Cast to be announced.Creative team:
Director Thom Southerland
Musical Staging Cressida Carré
Musical Director Mark Aspinall
Set & Costume Designer David Woodhead
Lighting Designer Howard Hudson
Sound Designer Andrew Johnson

RADIO TIMES

Saturday 20 August – Saturday 1 October
Press night Friday 26 August at 7.30pm

In the heart of London’s Blitz-torn West End, the cast of BBC’s light-entertainment radio show, Variety Bandwagon are doing their bit for the war effort. But with the bombs falling outside, can star of the show, Sammy Shaw, hang on to his leading lady and broadcast live to America for the very first time?

Chock-full of quick-fire gags, side-splitting routines and classic songs from one of our ‘best of British’ musical talents, Noel Gay, the composer of Me and My Girl, Radio Times features 40’s favourites such as Run Rabbit Run, Hey Little Hen, My Thanks To You and There’s Something About a Soldier.

Director Ben Woolf.

RAGTIME

Saturday 8 October – Saturday 26 November
Press night Monday 17 October at 7.30pm

It is the turn of the 20th Century in New York. An era is exploding. A century is spinning. And the people are moving in rhythm and rhyme to the music of Ragtime. Based on the novel by E.L Doctorow, Ragtime weaves together the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr, a Harlem musician; Mother and her white, middle class family in New Rochelle; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant who has come to America with his daughter seeking a new life. Their fictional lives become dramatically intertwined with one another as well as with historical figures including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, JP Morgan and Henry Ford.

Ragtime led the 1998 Tony Awards with 12 nominations, winning 4 including Best Book by Terrence McNally and Best Original Score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY

Saturday 3 December – Saturday 21 January 2017
Press night Monday 12 December at 7.30pm

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.

With a book by multi Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone, based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name which went on to inspire the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt, and a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine), this is a soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love.

Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premiered Off Broadway in 2011.

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