Full casting and creatives have been announced for All Star Productions’ new chamber production of Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town.
Based on the play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, which was in turn inspired by the short stories by Ruth McKenney, Wonderful Town features a score by Bernstein with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
Lizzie Wofford and Francesca Benton-Stace, in the roles of Ruth and her sister Eileen, respectively head a cast that includes Aneurin Pascoe (Baker), Simon Burr (Wreck), Francesca Pim (Helen), Hugo Joss Catton (Frank), Nicholas Chiappetta (Appoplous), Laurel Dougall (Mrs Wade), Ashley Holman (Chick), Jack Keane (Lonigan), Jon R Harrison (Valentin), Leah Pinney (Violet/ensemble), Lucie Horsfall (dance captain), Joe Goldie (ensemble), Kitty Whitelaw (ensemble) and Anna Middlemass (ensemble).
Following on from the company’s recent critically acclaimed Babes in Arms, the final presentation in All Stars’ 2016 season will play London’s Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre from 12-30 October.
The first UK staging of the show since a touring production in 2012 will be directed by Tim McArthur with musical direction by Aaron Clingham.
The creative team also includes choreographer Ian Pyle, designer Ben Hathaway, assistant director Jamie Birkett, lighting designer Sky Bembury, production manager Kat Gagan, production assistant Angie Lawrence and producer Andrew Yon, with casting by Benjamin Newsome.
A love letter to the city of New York in the 1930s, the show follows the fortunes of two sisters with big dreams from rural Ohio who move to the Big Apple to live among the artists in vibrant Greenwich Village.
The multi award-winning show was last seen in the West End in 1987 and the show’s most recent Broadway production ran from November 2003 until January 2005.