In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates is joined by Cassie Compton who talks about growing up in Crouch End, London in a home filled with music, her supportive teachers at school and her early experiences in the West End as a child actor in productions such Whistle Down The Wind and The Secret Garden at the Aldwych Theatre.
I confess that The Wedding Singer is one of my favourite films, it is not even a guilty pleasure, it is just sheer eighties throwback joy and cast brilliantly. It definitely works though, the musical adaptation is not trying to be an incarnation of the film.
The Wedding Singer was originally conceived as a romantic comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 1998. Being made into a musical which premiered on Broadway eight years later in 2006. After being nominated for a Tony award in 2006 the show went on tour.
Opening at Leicester’s Curve ahead of a 8 month long UK tour, you can see where Nick Winston’s production has made its key decisions – Francis O’Connor’s set has its eye on quick get-outs and so Jack Henry’s video projections do a lot of the heavy lifting in setting the 80s milieu.
The premise behind 27 is both noble and tragic. Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin all died at that age and Sam Cassidy’s musical seeks to explore some possible greater satanic force that robs the world of gifted talent at such a tender age.
Sometimes when you review something, an instinct kicks in, is it going to be a marmite show? You either love it or hate it. So which side of the fence did I sit on with 27?
Ryan Molloy, Cassie Compton, Greg Oliver and Jack Donnelly are to star in the world premiere of the new British rock musical 27, which runs from Thursday 8 September to Saturday 22 October 2016 in a 6-week season at London’s 170-seat Cockpit Theatre. Press night is Monday 12 September at 7.30pm.
This was my first visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre and what a lovely, unusual and intimate space to perform an exciting new show in.
A set of three pieces written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and all created to challenge and thought provoke fundamental issues. Michael John LaChiusa has used these stories, writing words and music for this production. The show has been produced in the UK by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.