Broadway musical The Life is making its long-awaited London debut at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by original director Michael Blakemore (the run continues until 29 April 2017). See here, Musical Theatre Review official photographer Roy Tan’s gallery of exclusive images.
The cast includes: Sharon D. Clarke (Sonja), Cornell S. John (Memphis), John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T’Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary).
The Life features a rarely heard score by celebrated composer Cy Coleman (City of Angels, Sweet Charity, Barnum) and is based on an original idea by lyricist Ira Gasman. The show features a book by Coleman, Gasman and David Newman, with book revisions for this production by Michael Blakemore.
The original Broadway production of The Life opened on 26 April 1997 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It received 12 Tony Award nominations, winning Best Featured Actress and Actor in a Musical for cast members Lillias White and Chuck Cooper.
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