Casting has been announced for the London transfer of Off-Broadway musical Yank! next month.
Just months after starring in the acclaimed UK premiere run of the show at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Scott Hunter (A Chorus Line, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will return to the central role of Stu.
He will be joined by Andy Coxon (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, 20th Century Boy – The Marc Bolan Musical) as Mitch, Waylon Jacobs (Memphis,We Will Rock You) as Sarge/Scarlet and Bradley Judge (Don’t Run, Sister Act) who will play Rotelli.
The rest of the company is completed by members of the original Manchester production: Benjamin Cupit who made his professional debut in the Hope Mill production; Lee Dillon-Stuart (Les Misérables); Chris Kiely (The Ladykillers); Kris Marc-Joseph (Anno Domini); Mark Paterson (Horrible Histories); Tom Pepper (The Mystery of Edwin Drood); and singer/actress Sarah-Louise Young (The Showstoppers).
The Second World War love story will play the Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 3 July until Saturday 19 August with a press night on Monday 10 July.
Described as a ‘moving gay love story’, Yank! has a book and lyrics by David Zellnik and music by his brother Joseph. The musical debuted as a workshop production in 2005 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Following on from an award-winning full production in Brooklyn in 2007, the show made its Off-Broadway debut in 2010.
Directed by James Baker, the London transfer of the show is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre, and Ben Millerman with Jim Kierstead and Guy James.
The show’s creative team also includes musical director James Cleeve; choreographer Chris Cuming; designer Victoria Hinton; lighting designer Aaron J. Dootson; sound designer Chris Bogg; and casting director Ben Newsome.
The first production in the second season of shows from the successful partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment, the show’s Manchester run ended earlier this month.
After attracting rave reviews for their version of the classic rock musical Hair at the end of last year Hope Mill and Aria recently announced the show will transfer to London’s The Vaults in October, marking the 50th anniversary of the cult show.
The brainchild of Joseph Houston and William Whelton, the 120-seat Hope Mill Theatre in the Ancoats area of Manchester opened in December last year and is part of a converted Grade II listed former cotton mill that also houses studios for writers, artists and designers; events space and a café and bar.
Tickets for Yank! are available HERE
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