Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton for Hope Mill Theatre are delighted to announce that Carolyn Maitland, Dave Willetts and Sam Attwater will star as Rebecca, Avram and Bronfman respectively in RAGS The Musical at Park Theatre, London.
The show will run for a limited season from 9 January to 8 February 2020, with a press night on 14 January. RAGS The Musical has a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), revised book by David Thompson, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and music by Charles Strouse (Annie).
Carolyn Maitland’s credits include Molly in Ghost (UK tour), Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (David Adkin Ltd & ACT Aberdeen), Ellen in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre), Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (Kilworth House Theatre), From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), Kiss Me, Kate (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre). Most recently, Carolyn played Grace Farrell in Annie (Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto) and Marian in The Woman in White (Charing Cross Theatre).
Dave Willetts is one of the UK’s leading musical theatre stars, having played some of the best-loved leading roles in the West End, including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Old Deuteronomy in Cats and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Some of Dave’s other roles include George in Trevor Nunn’s production of Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (National tour and West End), Julian Marsh in 42nd Street (National tour), Max von Meyerling in Sunset Boulevard (West End), for which he received an Olivier Award nomination, and Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (National tour).
Sam Attwater is best known for his roles as Leon in EastEnders and Ricky in Hollyoaks. He won the sixth series of Dancing on Ice in 2011 and participated in the 'All Stars' series in 2014, finishing in fourth place. On stage, his credits include Micky Deans in End of the Rainbow (UK tour), Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK tour), Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (UK tour) and Norman in Dreamboats & Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre).
Also in the cast are Debbie Chazen as Anna, Alex Gibson-Giorgio as Sal, Rachel Izen as Rachel, Samuel Jones and Jude Muir as David, Martha Kirby as Bella, Oisin Nolan-Power as Ben and Jeremy Rose as Jack. Completing the cast are Arthur Boan, Angela Caesar, Adam Crossley, Drew Dillon, Matthew Gent and Natasha Karp.
RAGS The Musical is a heart-warming and powerful musical with book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), revised book by David Thompson, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and music by Charles Strouse (Annie), which tells the story of Russian immigrant Rebecca, who, with her son David, travels to America in search of a better life. Rebecca must decide what matters more to her – staying true to her roots or adopting a new cultural identity in an attempt to ‘fit in’.
RAGS The Musical is directed by Bronagh Lagan (Little Women, Broken Wings), musical direction by Joe Bunker, orchestrations by Nick Barstow, choreography by Philip Michael Thomas, set and costume design by Gregor Donnelly, lighting design by Derek Anderson, sound design by James Nicholson and casting by Jane Deitch. Casting is to be announced.
RAGS The Musical at Park Theatre is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre in association with Knockhardy Productions and Park Theatre and is presented by arrangement with MTI Europe.
Hope Aria Productions are also delighted to announce AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ. The world-renowned composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Children of Eden, Pippin, Godspell, Rags and the soon to be premiered in London The Prince of Egypt) will visit Park Theatre to present a showcase of his most memorable numbers and take part in a panel discussion and audience Q&A about his life and work on Sunday 12 January.
Featuring his favourite works, performed by artists from previous Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre productions, this will be a wonderfully intimate evening with the composer and lyricist of some of the most famous works in film and theatre.
All proceeds from the evening will go towards funds needed to stage this ambitious work for its limited run at Park Theatre. Tickets will be put on sale when Park Theatre’s 2020 season is released to the general public on Thursday 17 October at 10am.
RAGS THE MUSICAL
9 January – 8 February 2020
Press Night: 14 January 2020 7.00pm
Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP
020 7870 6876*
*Telephone booking fee: 10% (capped at £2.50 per ticket)
from £18.50 (Previews £18.50)
Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Thurs & Sat 3:00pm
Audio Described – Thursday 23 January 7.30pm, Touch Tour 6pm
2 hours and 30 minutes
AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Sunday 12 January
Tickets on sale on 17 October