Songs For a New World – Cynthia Erivo and Jenna Russell lead cast at St James

Cynthia Erivo – The Color Purple

Cynthia Erivo will feature in the cast of Songs For a New World at St James Theatre, London, opening in July

Celebrating 20 years since its first performance Off-Broadway, an all-new London production of triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s first musical Songs For a New World runs at the St James Theatre for a strictly limited run of three weeks (Wednesday 22 July to 8 August, press night is Friday 24 July), directed by Adam Lenson. This special anniversary production will feature an award-winning cast, including Cynthia Erivo, Jenna Russell, Damian Humbley and Dean-John Wilson, alongside a five-piece band.

Cynthia Erivo will be reprising her lead role in The Color Purple on Broadway this autumn, starring alongside Jennifer Hudson. Her other theatre credits include Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse); Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios); Sister Act: The Musical (UK tour) and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Gielgud Theatre).

Jenna Russell is an Olivier Award-winning actress. Her theatre credits include Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville Theatre); Urinetown (St James Theatre/West End); Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End) and Sunday in the Park With George (Wyndham’s Theatre/Roundabout Theatre Company, New York).

Damian Humbley’s theatre credits include Forbidden Broadway and Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End); The Last Five Years (Menier Chocolate Factory); Lend Me a Tenor (Theatre Royal Plymouth/West End); Shoes (Peacock Theatre/Sadler’s Wells) and Fiddler On the Roof (Sheffield Theatre/West End).

Dean-John Wilson was most recently seen in the Oliver-nominated production of Here Lies Love at the National Theatre. His other theatre credits include From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre); Super Ordinary (Soho Theatre); Bare (Union Theatre) and Sister Act: The Musical (UK tour).

Written when Jason Robert Brown was only 25, Songs For a New World debuted Off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world, including the UK premiere at the Bridewell Theatre in 2001.


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