Casting for The Wild Party includes John Owen-Jones and Donna McKechnie

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Simon Thomas, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, John Owen-Jones and Donna McKechnie (below) have been cast in The Wild Party at The Other Palace

Full casting has been revealed for the first major London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party at The Other Palace early next year.

Joining the previously announced Frances Ruffelle are John Owen-Jones, Simon Thomas, Donna McKechnie, Dex Lee, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Ako Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Genesis Lynea, Melanie Bright, Lizzy Connolly, Steven Serlin, Sebastian Torkia, Bronté Barbé and Tiffany Graves.

Best known for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in the West End and on Broadway, Owen-Jones has also played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End.

Thomas has also appeared in The Phantom of the Opera in the role of Raoul, and Tony Award-winning McKechnie created the role of Cassie in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line.

donna-mckechnieLee is currently playing Danny in Grease at Curve Theatre, Leicester while Hamilton-Barritt recently appeared in Murder Ballad at London’s Arts Theatre and Mitchell is currently starring in Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre.

Both Obianyo’s and Lynea’s recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Bright appeared in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Connolly is currently starring alongside Harry Enfield in Once in a Lifetime at the Young Vic; Serlin is currently playing Jerry in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Torkia is currently appearing in Peter and the Starcatcher (Northampton Royal & Derngate); Barbé’s credits include Princess Fiona in Shrek (UK tour) and Graves’ many theatre credits include Kiss Me Kate, (Opera North).

Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to the Really Useful Theatres Group will mark its debut as a new home for musical theatre with the production which will run from 11 February until 1 April 2017.

The casting of Tony Aaward-winning actress Ruffelle in the central role of vaudeville showgirl Queenie was integral to the show’s long-awaited West End debut after she received the blessing of the writer, LaChiusa.

Based on Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem, The Wild Party debuted on Broadway in 2000 with a cast headed by Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt.

The dark, jazz-infused tale with its central turbulent romance between the showgirl and a clown, has music and lyrics by LaChiusa (Rain) and a book by George C. Wolfe and LaChiusa.

The Other Palace production will be directed and choreographed by this year’s Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie with musical direction by Theo Jamieson, set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Richard Howell and casting is by Will Burton.

Producer Paul Taylor-Mills was recently confirmed as the new artistic director of The Other Palace.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for The Wild Party are available HERE.

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