Death will have a new face from today (13 February) when James Gant will take over from Chris Peluso in the European premiere run of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Gant (Titanic), whose previous role in the production as the manservant Fidele will now be played by Ken Christiansen (The Fix), moves into the title role following the planned departure of Peluso to star in the touring production of Funny Girl.
The third production in Thom Southerland’s first season as artistic director, following on from the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime, the limited run will end on 4 March 2017.
Directed by Southerland, the show is the latest from the multi Tony Award-winning composer of Nine, Grand Hotel and Titanic. Based on the Italian play La Morte in Vacanza by Alberto Casella, the musical has a score by Yeston and a book by fellow multi award-winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers) and Peter Stone (Titanic, Woman of the Year).
The romantic tale was previously made into a 1934 film starring Frederic March and was also the inspiration for the 1998 Brad Pitt movie Meet Joe Black. The musical Death Takes a Holiday made its debut Off-Broadway in 2011.
Southerland’s production also features Kathryn Akin, Anthony Cable, Trudi Camilleri, Scarlett Courteney, Zoë Doana, Sophie-May Feek, Mark Inscoe, Matthew McDonald, Gay Soper, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas and Helen Turner.
Set design is by Morgan Large, with costume design by Jonathan Lipman, lighting design by Matt Daw, and sound design by Andrew Johnson. The choreographer is Sam Spencer-Lane, the musical director is Dean Austin and Danielle Tarento is the show’s casting director.
Death Takes a Holiday is the third Charing Cross Theatre production, following Titanic and Ragtime, produced by Tarento, Steven M. Levy, Sean Sweeney and Vaughan Williams.
Tickets for Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre are available HERE.
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