Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of the Broadway musical comedy Xanadu, based on the 1980s classic cult movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, at Southwark Playhouse this autumn (16 October to 21 November, press night is 2 November).
Carly Anderson will star as Kira, Samuel Edwards as Sonny, Alison Jiear as Melpomene, Lizzy Connolly as Calliope, Micha Richardson as Erato, Joel Burman as Terpsicore, Nicholas Duncan as Thalia and Emily McGougan as Euterpe.
Carly Anderson is currently appearing in Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End. Her other theatre credits include Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, My Fair Lady at Sheffield Crucible and the national tours of South Pacific and The Sound of Music.
Samuel Edwards is currently playing the lead role of Fiyero on the national tour of Wicked. His West End credits include Les Misérables, Ghost and Wicked, as well as The Sound of Music at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Alison Jiear was most recently seen as a semi-finalist in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent. She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Shawntel in Jerry Springer the Opera, a part she played at both the National Theatre and in the West End. Her other theatre credits include On the Town for English National Opera and Shoes at Sadler’s Wells.
Lizzy Connolly is soon to appear in the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath. She was most recently seen as Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in the West End.
Micha Richardson has appeared in the national tours of Legally Blonde and We Will Rock You. Joel Burman is currently appearing in Legally Blonde at Kilworth House and recently completed a national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Nicholas Duncan is currently appearing in the West End production of Matilda. His other theatre credits include the national tours of Oliver! and Avenue Q as well as Mamma Mia! in the West End.
Emily McGougan recently appeared in Carrie at the Southwark Playhouse where she made her professional debut.
With a book by Douglas Carter Beane, and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, Xanadu will be directed by Paul Warwick Griffin and designed by Morgan Large. Choreography is by Nathan M. Wright and sound by Richard Brooker. This production is presented by Xanadu Theatre Productions Limited.