Aria Entertainment today announced the casts and creative teams for the eight shows in the third From Page to Stage season of new musicals, running from Monday 26 October to Saturday 21 November.
Among the wealth of major talent involved in the annual season at the Tristan Bates Theatre are West End and Broadway stars Sally Ann Triplett and David Burt and Laura Jane Matthewson, winner of the 2014 Evening Standard Award for Best Emerging Talent for her breakthrough starring role in Dogfight.
All three are taking part in Out There, a new musical from Elliot Davis and James Bourne, the writing team behind the West End musical Loserville. Out There plays Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 October.
Olivier Award-nominated David Burt is one of the West End’s most respected and in-demand leading men. He has appeared in dozens of notable West End productions, including playing Enjolras in the original cast of Les Misérables, Magaldi in the original cast of Evita, Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar and Count Fosco in The Woman in White. Burt’s other credits include Cats, Chess, The Far Pavilions, Closer to Heaven, Taboo and Kiss Me, Kate, as well as seasons at the National Theatre and RSC. He was nominated for the Best Actor Olivier Award for his performance as Macheath in the RSC’s The Beggar’s Opera.
Sally Ann Triplett starred on Broadway in Sting’s The Last Ship. Her numerous West End roles include: Donna in Mamma Mia!, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Roxy Hart in Chicago, Berta in Acorn Antiques, Reno Sweemey in Anything Goes, Nancy in Oliver!, Grizabella in Cats and Ruby Keeler in Jolson.
Laura Jane Matthewson made her London stage debut in Benj and Pasek’s acclaimed musical Dogfight and went on to win the 2014 Evening Standard Award for Best Emerging Talent. She also won the Ian Fleming Award for Outstanding Musical Theatre Performers.
From Page to Stage’s headline British musical The Stationmaster, with music and lyrics by Tim Connor and book by Susannah Pearse, will get a two-week run as the centrepiece of the season from Tuesday 3–Sunday 15 November.
The cast features: Nigel Richards (South Pacific, Notre Dame de Paris), Jessica Sherman (The Sound of Music), Emily Bull (Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables), Jon Osbaldeston (Fiddler On the Roof, Guys and Dolls), David Francis (The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Annie Wensak (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound of Music), Annette Yeo (film adaptations of London Road and Les Misérables, The Three Phantoms), Matt Harrop (The Sound of Music, Betty Blue Eyes) and Richard Brindley (Iolanthe, The Dreaming).
The creative team features director Bronagh Lagan, musical director Caroline Humphris, designer Nik Corrall and choreographer Iona Holland.
Readings in the season also include a new piece from Tim Sanders and Charles Miller, whose Return of the Soldier received a full production last year at Jermyn Street Theatre after a reading in a previous season.
Producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment said: “We are thrilled to confirm top-notch casts for all this year’s chosen works – one full scale musical, three readings and four showcases amongst others. The talent involved will deliver the best possible showcases for these new works. The 2015 season was selected from an open application process which saw 80 musicals submitted and presents a mixed programme of work at various stages of development. From Page to Stage serves as a platform for new writing with a focus on new British musicals and supports not only the writers, but our audiences too. We hope the season will continue to act as a strong vehicle for the development of new musicals here in the UK and help secure partners for the future of some of the works included.”