Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus
Friday 19 January 2018
London West End - Musicals
Arlene Phillips directs Sam Cassidy's Rock musical, Myth:The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, at The Other Palace in concert-style workshop performances from 10 March 2018.
Image: The Other Palace
Rock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy, will have 9 concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 March 2018.
Previously called 27, the show returns to London with a new title, a revised book and new songs, and will be semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece band.
The musical 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.
Writer Sam Cassidy 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 (then called 27) and enjoyed a very successful 6-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.
This latest run will give us the chance to see how this new version works with the chance for audiences to give us feedback."
Sam Cassidy is primarily known as an actor, having performed in musicals before transitioning into television.
However, with a burning passion for music, he never could kick his musical theatre itch, but for Sam it was all about creating new exciting theatre that challenged the status quo of what musicals should be.
Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus may be the first show Sam has put out into the world, but it is by no means the last - Myth is just the beginning!
Arlene Phillips (Director)
Arlene Phillips is a showbiz legend honoured as a CBE for her services to dance; she has worked with stars from film and TV, to theatre and arenas, as well as becoming one of Britain's favourite television judges.
Her credits as director: Saturday Night Fever, international productions of Starlight Express, US tours of Joseph and Jesus Christ Superstar, Lord of the Dance, The Songbook of Judy Garland, Brazouka, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games.
Credits as choreographer include: Jackie The Musical, Starlight Express, Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, EFX at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
To be announced
Book, lyrics, music: Sam Cassidy
Director: Arlene Phillips
The Other Palace
12 Palace Street,
London SW1E 5JA
10 to 17 March 2018
Saturday matinee at 2-30pm