Casting has been announced for the first major London production of the hit Broadway show Promises, Promises since its 1969 West End premiere.
Directed by Bronagh Lagan, the new production of the multi award-winning show will play the Southwark Playhouse from Friday 13 January 2017 until Saturday 18 February with a press night on Tuesday 17 January.
The cast includes: Craig Armstrong (Billy Elliot, Whistle Down the Wind); Ralph Bogard (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens); Martin Dickinson (The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You) John Guerrasio (South Pacific, Anything Goes); Charlie Johnson (Spend Spend Spend); Daisy Maywood (Wonder.land, A Chorus Line); Natalie Moore-Williams (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Scrooge); Lee Ormsby (The Lion King, The Great Jewish American Songbook); Paul Robinson( Singin’ in the Rain, Chicago); Emily Squibb (Made in Dagenham, Stephen Ward); Gabriel Vick (Sunny Afternoon, Chariots of Fire); and Alex Young (Show Boat).
The distinctive 1960s musical based on Billy Wilder’s classic movie The Apartment, Promises, Promises brought together three of the biggest names in entertainment, the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David and writer Neil Simon.
Featuring a number of timeless pop songs, the show premiered on Broadway in 1968 with Jerry Orbach and Jill O’Hara in the leading roles.
The West End production which starred Tony Roberts and Betty Buckley opened a year later and the original cast album won a Grammy Award. Dionne Warwick had international hits with the title song and ‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ which was also a hit in the UK for Bobby Gentry.
A 2010 Broadway revival of the show featuring Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes and Wicked’s Kristin Chenoweth included two extra Bacharach and David classics, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ which was already a million-selling hit by Warwick, and ‘A House is Not a Home’. Both songs will also be included in the new London production.
The creative team for the Southwark Playhouse production will include musical director Elliot Davis, choreographer Cressida Carré, set and costume designer Simon Anthony Wells, sound designer Andrew Johnson and casting director Jane Deitch.
Producers are Aria Entertainment and Senbla.