The show opens with the bad guys; Dr Bloom played by Marc Pickering and General Blight played by Carl Mullaney, both of whom worked well together and it felt like they had walked straight out of a comic strip into the real world.
All generations must have their superheroes; for children in the 1980s, tea-time television presented awe-struck audiences with the adventures of Bananaman, a particularly dim-witted super-hero who started life on the back pages of the DC Thomson comic, Nutty.
Armed with “the muscles of twenty men and the brains of twenty mussels”, Bananaman is here to save the residents of Acacia Road, and Bananaman the Musical is here to save off-West End theatregoers who are craving fresh and a-peel-ing new material.
Matthew McKenna has been unmasked today as the star and “handsome hero” of Bananaman the Musical, which runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 15 December 2017 to 20 January 2018, with a press night on 4 January. Full casting is announced today.
The full programme has been announced for the fourth annual From Page to Stage season of new musicals, which runs at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre from 31 October to 20 November 2016, produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.