Full casting has been announced for the Dusty Springfield-inspired musical Son of a Preacher Man which is due to debut with an extensive national tour next month.
Joining the previously announced Diana Vickers, Debra Stephenson and Ian Reddington are Michael Howe, Michelle Long, Kate Hardisty, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Lewis Kidd, Liam Vincent-Kilbride, Jon Bonner, Rachel McAllister, Ellie-Jane Goddard, Gary Mitchinson and Jess Barker.
Featuring the popular singer’s most memorable hits and written by Warner Brown, the show will be directed and choreographed by Strictly’s King of the pithy putdown, Craig Revel Horwood.
Launching at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on Monday 4 September, the tour is due to visit Birmingham, Sunderland, Manchester, York, Stoke, Edinburgh, Oxford, Tunbridge Wells, Hull, Wimbledon, Belfast, High Wycombe, Southend, Nottingham, Coventry, Aylesbury, Blackpool, Torquay, Brighton, Woking, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Liverpool. Vickers and Stephenson will perform on the 2017 dates only with new casting to be announced at a later date.
Vickers, Stephenson and Reddington take on the central roles in the show which tells the story of three strangers drawn to the site of a famous 1960s Soho club where the Preacher Man of the title used to dispense advice to his lovelorn patrons.
Vickers first found fame as a quirky contestant on the TV talent show The X Factor before winning new fans and critical acclaim for her professional stage acting debut in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Her recent theatre credits include the touring production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Former Coronation Street favourite Debra Stephenson also first found fame on a TV talent show (ITV’s classic Opportunity Knocks) when she attracted attention as a gifted teenage impressionist. Stephenson went on to establish herself as an actress in TV shows including Kay Mellor’s Playing the Field and prison drama Bad Girls.
Best known for his two-year stint in the BBC soap EastEnders and a three year stay in its ITV rival Coronation Street, Reddington’s extensive stage credits began at the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.
Currently working with Michael Feinstein on Broadway musicals The Gold Room and The Thomas Crown Affair, stage and screenwriter Brown is also known for the arena production Walking With Dinosaurs.
Horwood recently returned to his roots as a performer starring as Miss Hannigan in the UK national tour of Annie and as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Churchill Theatre last Christmas.
He will head a creative team that includes set and costume designer Morgan Large; musical supervisor Paul Herbert; lighting designer Richard G Jones; sound designer Richard Brooker; associate director and choreographer David James Hulston and casting director Anne Vosser.