The Blackpool Grand Theatre has announced the first cast members for its ‘theatre owned’ production, Around The World in 80’s Days.
Laurie Denman joins the crew as Musical Director and Arranger and joining the cast are Andrew Bentley as Phileas Fogg; Oliver Mawdsley as Passepartout; Daniel Cane who plays villain, Cassius Gold, and Christina Meehan who plays a company member. The shows will run throughout August.
Christina, 34, brings a Blackpool connection to the cast having first performed at Blackpool Grand as a child. She said: “It’s like I have come full circle now. The first time I was ever on stage was when I was just five years old and that was at the Grand with school, now nearly 30 years later I’m back! I always said I wanted to come back to the Grand in my career so it’s like a dream come true for me.”
The musical, written and directed by Ian McFarlane to celebrate the theatre’s 125th anniversary, is based on Jules Verne’s acclaimed novel cleverly combined with hits from the 80’s for a show-stopping performance. It tells the tale of gentleman adventurer, Phileas Fogg, and his valet Passepartout, racing against time all mashed up with 80s chart toppers such as Human League, Pet Shop Boys and Survivor.
Writer and Director Ian McFarlane said:
“We’ve started working in the rehearsal room and we are having the best time. The cast are seriously funny, it’s hard to get through a scene without someone laughing hysterically! Hearing the cast sing these songs in rehearsals is thrilling. I think people are going to be blown away.”
Andrew Howard, Marketing Manager at the Blackpool Grand Theatre said:
“It’s an incredibly exciting time, seeing this new musical come together and has us all excited to see the opening. Ian and the cast have come together so well, and the cast can’t wait to get on stage. This will be a first for Blackpool’s Grand, producing its first big musical, with the premier being this summer – a real treat for Blackpool. The show is part of a collection of incredible performances for the theatre’s 125th Anniversary, including the opening of the 2019 tour for spine-chilling thriller The Woman In Black, and for our birthday week (22-27 July) Agatha Christie’s iconic The Mousetrap. It’s an exciting year!”
Around The World in 80’s Days is proving a firm favourite with the box office too, with tickets sales surpassing expectations so early on.
For more information on the musical and to purchase tickets from just £19 visit blackpoolgrand.co.uk, or call 01253 290190. Would you be going to watch it?
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