Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus
Thursday 8 March 2018
London West End - Musicals
Diana Vickers takes over the female lead in rock musical 'Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus', which is scheduled to open this Saturday.
Written by Sam Cassidy, directed by Arlene Phillips, Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus opens on Saturday for 9 concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace.
The production will be semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece rock band.
Diana Vickers has now joined the cast to play the female lead character, Eurydice, after Jessamy Stoddart was released to take up an exciting TV role.
Photo: Diana Vickers
Diana, who became a household name as a semi-finalist on 'The X Factor' 10 years ago, made her acting debut as the star of 'The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' in the West End.
She has also played Janet in 'The Rocky Horror Show' on UK tour and returned to the West End in 'The Duck House'.
Writer Sam Cassidy said:
"Diana was literally a life-saver.
She came on board at just a few day's notice and has been absolutely awesome.
Arlene Phillips added:
"This has been a mental week but Diana is a star and stepped up brilliantly, I couldn't be more thrilled."
Previously called 27, the show returns to London with a new title, a revised book and new songs.
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.
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Writer Sam Cassidy says about the show's development:
"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.
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.
A modern retelling of the Ancient Greek tale of Orpheus and the underworld, Myth features an electrifying score with outstanding performances from an ensemble comprising the best up and coming new talent.
Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of the next chapter of Myth - a musical for a new generation that will make you laugh, break your heart and rock you to your very core.
Zoe Birkett - Miss M
Richard Carson - Jason
Eloise Davies - Clotho
Amy Di Bartolomeo - Tisiphone
Lauren Ellis-Steele - Mel
Joel Harper-Jackson - Orpheus
Jaymi Hensley - Roro
Jodie Jacobs - Atropos
Laura Johnson - Megaera
Shekinah McFarlane - Alecto
Matthew McKenna - Hades
Alice Martin - Pandora
Jodie Steele - Lachesis
Diana Vickers - Eurydice
Nathan Vaughan-Harris - TDog
Damien Walsh - Theseus
Musical Supervisor/Guitar 1 - Jimi Maddison
Musical Director/Keys 1 - Matt Nalton
Drums - Matt McLaughlin
Guitar 2 - Tim Sandiford
Keys 2 - Jonny Smith
Bass - Andy Trill
Author: Sam Cassidy
Composer: Sam Cassidy
Lyricist: Sam Cassidy
Director: Arlene Phillips
From: Saturday 10 March 2018
Closed: Saturday 17 March 2018
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