Maxwell Caulfield, Rosemary Ashe, Nicolas Colicos and Simon Lipkin have joined the principal cast for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium on 12 March.
Caulfield (Guys and Dolls), Ashe (Sister Act), Colicos (Annie Get Your Gun) and Lipkin (Guys and Dolls) will join the previously announced Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill for the staged concert will mark the musical’s UK premiere.
With the composer of the musical version of the film, Jason Robert Brown, on board as the 30-strong LMTO’s first guest conductor, the show will also feature Daniel Amity, Maisey Bawden and Hywel Dowsell in supporting roles.
Following on from the LMTO’s version of A Christmas Carol, Shaun Kerrison will be returning to direct the production.
Featuring a book by Andrew Bergman, the writer and director of the 1992 film, the musical version of Honeymoon in Vegas had its world premiere in New Jersey in 2013 ahead of a Broadway run in 2015.
Brown, whose other hits include Parade and The Last Five Years, will present his big band flavoured score with the help of a host of West End stars and the orchestra which was founded by LMTO musical director Freddie Tapner and is produced and managed by United Theatrical.
Commenting on the LMTO performance Brown said: “Honeymoon in Vegas is the show I always aspired to write. All of these sounds – the swing, the samba, the disco, the boogie, the rock ’n’roll – make up what I hear in my head when I think of what a ‘Broadway musical’ should be. I’m so gratified to have actually written it, and thrilled to get a chance – finally! – to present it in London. And to know that the music will be brought to life by the sterling musicians of the LMTO and a glorious cast is such a delight and a privilege. I’ve had so many sensational experiences in the British theatre that it feels like coming home. I cannot wait to get started!”
Honeymoon in Vegas will follow on from the LMTO’s critically acclaimed concert versions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair and seasonal sell-out performances of Alan Menken’s musical A Christmas Carol.
LMTO have also announced their return to Cadogan Hall on 21 July with Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler’s Candide when Tapner will once again take up the baton.
First performed as an operetta on Broadway in 1956, Bernstein’s musical Candide is based on the satirical novella by Voltaire. Additional lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Bernstein himself. Orchestrations are by Bernstein who also provides narration for the concert version with John Wells.