Previously cancelled British musical Golden Voice, which has been reworked with a new title as Best of Friends (book, music and lyrics by Nick Fogarty), will get its world premiere at the Landor Theatre, London from 23 April to 10 May, directed by the venue’s artistic director, Robert McWhir.
Music lovers Mike Chariot and Jim Ryan are brothers in every way but blood. In their 20s they used their passion to start a band, but after five years of trying they weren’t as successful as they’d hoped. When Mike goes out on a limb and enters a talent show, he has little time to celebrate his success, as it ultimately destroys all the major relationships in his life, including the band. Now, after 20 years of not speaking, Mike returns to make amends, but will Jim – now entangled in the London underworld – accept a truce? Music brings people together, it can also tear them apart.
The cast includes Aidan O’Neill, Alex James Evans, Nick Fogarty, Rosie Glossop, Sarah Goggin, Serena Giacomini and Dean Kilford.
Best of Friends was due in London last year as The Golden Voice, starring Darren Day. Scheduled to open at the Arts Theatre, it was delayed multiple times before it was eventually cancelled. Actors’ union Equity then launched legal action in an attempt to claim back unpaid cast wages. The show’s producer, Rob Hewitt, was recently arrested on suspicion of fraud and will not be involved in Best of Friends.
Writer Nick Fogarty, who spent eight years of his life developing the musical, is now staging the show with five actors instead of the original 20 and will see some original members of the cast and creative team return. There are hopes to transfer it to the Arts Theatre.
Fog Productions presents Best of Friends. Tom Turner is musical director, the lighting designer is Richard Lambert.