Son of a Preacher Man, a new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017.
Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.
Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue.
The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of The Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.
Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am delighted to bring to life for the very first time this wonderful story created by Warner Brown, with soulful songs from the legendary Dusty Springfield’s iconic music catalogue. I hope that audiences in Bromley will come to love this warm-hearted and uplifting new musical as much as I do.”
Chris Glover at the Churchill Theatre said: “Bromley audiences are able to see new and exciting productions first as part of our Bromley Premiere initiative and we are delighted to be launching the national tour of Son of a Preacher Man in Bromley.”
Following the run at Bromley (4-9 September), the tour continues to Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (12-16 September); Sunderland Empire (19-23 September); Palace Theatre, Manchester (26-30 September); Grand Opera House, York (3-7 October); Regent Theatre, Stoke (10-14 October); Kings Theatre, Edinburgh (17-21 October); New Theatre, Oxford (24-28 October); Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells (31 October-4 November); New Theatre, Hull (7-11 November); Wimbledon Theatre (14-18 November); Grand Opera House, Belfast (21-25 November); and Swan Theatre, Wycombe (28 November-2 December).
Warner Brown works internationally and is well known for his work in musical theatre and straight plays, encompassing both traditional and avant-garde forms.
He is currently working on multiple developing projects, including the Broadway musicals The Gold Room and The Thomas Crown Affair, both with composer Michael Feinstein; the musical A Little Danger, with composer Michael Reed, for the St Petersburg Theatre in Russia; and the screenplay for the movie A Minute to Midnight for Bill Kenwright Films.
He is part of the consortium, including choreographer Arlene Phillips and musical director Mike Dixon, for the new internet-based project Reality.
Writing credits include Half a Sixpence (UK tour), The Biograph Girl (Phoenix Theatre), Cinderella (London Palladium), The Black and White Ball, which opened in London and for which The Cole Porter Trust granted Brown stage rights to the songs of Cole Porter, Flickers (Broadway’s Circle-in-the Square Theater), The House on the Corner (Edinburgh International Festival) and, in addition, Tallulah For a Day and Sleep With Friends.
Brown has worked extensively in Europe, most recently writing the musical Garbo, with music by Meat Loaf rock legend Jim Steinman. He also has extensive writing credits for the BBC and was script associate of the BBC Classic Musicals Series, for which he adapted 14 musicals. He is co-sponsor of the international music prize The S&S Award, named in honour of his late parents.
Craig Revel Horwood is a well-known face on television in the UK and now internationally for his role as a judge on all 15 series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and for directing and appearing as a judge in the Live Tour.
Craig’s recent credits as director and choreographer include the current UK tour of Sister Act and the previous UK tours Brother Love Travelling Salvation Show and Chess. In addition, he recently directed the all-star concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Royal Albert Hall. Other credits as a theatre director and choreographer are: West Side Story (Prince Edward), Miss Saigon (Drury Lane), Hey, Mr Producer! (Lyceum), Spend Spend Spend! (Piccadilly Theatre), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Crucible), Carmen (Holland Park), My One and Only, Beautiful and Damned (Lyric Theatre), The Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre and UK tour, Martin Guerre (Watermill Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (Watermill Theatre and Comedy Theatre, West End), Spend Spend Spend! (Watermill Theatre and UK tour) and Copacabana (Watermill Theatre).
Also in the creative team are: set and costume designer Morgan Large, musical supervisor and arranger Paul Herbert, lighting designer Richard G Jones, sound designer Richard Brooker, associate director and choreographer David James Hulston and casting director Anne Vosser.