Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson’s new stage musical From Here to Eternity which begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 30 September. Darius Campbell (Chicago, West End) will play Warden, Siubhan Harrison (Grease, West End) will play Lorene, Robert Lonsdale (Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse) takes on the role of Prewitt, Ryan Sampson (Open Court, Royal Court) is Maggio and Rebecca Thornhill (South Pacific, UK tour) will play Karen.
Campbell’s theatre credits in the West End include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. The actor and singer came to fame on popular TV shows Popstars and Pop Idol.
The cast also includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Marc Antolin, Julie Armstrong, James Ballanger, John Brannoch, Abigail Climer, Brian Doherty, Jessica Ellen, Dale Evans, Shimi Goodman, Kirby Hughes, Lauren Ingram, Dean John-Wilson, Joshua Lacey, Carolyn Maitland, Nuno Queimado, Lucinda Shaw, Warren Sollars, David Stoller, Rebecca Sutherland, Laura Tyrer, Adam Vaughan, Lauren Varnham, Stephen Webb and Matthew Wesley.
At last month’s West End Live in Trafalgar Square, a crowd of more than 10,000 people were given an exclusive chance to hear Lonsdale perform a new song from the musical, ‘Fight the Fight’.
Adapted from James Jones’ first novel (published in 1951), this tale of illicit love and army life unites the writing talents of Rice (lyrics), Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book). It marks Rice’s first new stage musical for more than ten years and Brayson’s West End debut.
From Here to Eternity will be directed by Tamara Harvey, designed by Soutra Gilmour and choreographed by Javier De Frutos. The creative team also includes lighting designer Bruno Poet, sound designer Mick Potter and orchestrator/musical supervisor David White.
The narrative is loosely based on novelist Jones’ experiences in the pre-Second World War Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served. In 1953 the novel was adapted into a film directed by Fred Zinnemann starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The film won eight Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.