Cast for the world premiere production of new rock musical 27, directed  by former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has been confirmed today. 

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Running at the Cockpit Theatre from the 8th September, this new musical will include in its cast: Ryan Molloy (Jersey Boys, Godspell), Cassie Compton (Wicked, American Psycho), Greg Oliver (Spring Awakening, The Prodigals) and Jack Donnelly (BBC’s Atlantis, Misfits).

Other cast members include: Lucy Martin (Jersey Boys, West End); Ryan Gibb (The Committments, West End, Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour); Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages, West End, Nancy, Oliver!, Grange Park Opera); Maisie Bawden (The Sound of Music Live, ITV1, The Tempest, Shakespeare’s Globe);  Eloise Davies (Bad Girls the Musical, Union); Collette Guitart, Emily Kenwright, Sophie Ayers (We Will Rock You & Looserville, West End); Anthony Selwyn (Hairspray, UK tour); Jason Kajdi and Kristian Cunningham.

Hendrix, Joplin and Winehouse – three names out of many whose lives were cut short at the age of 27. Orpheus is a would-be rock star turned icon whose life has led him on a journey of self-destruction. Another name added to the list, another star extinguished.

Featuring 13 musical number and a cast of 15, 27 examines the fragility of life and the connections that bind us together.

Talking about the musical Arlene Phillips said: “I love working on projects that shout out ‘we are different’. Working on the fringe of the arts which I have been doing more of in these last couple of years I find really exciting. ‘27’ has a powerful and emotional message that evokes so many memories of not just Amy Winehouse but so many others who began with a prodigious talent that eventually destroys them. It is a musical that could connect to so many people of different ages.”

The production is co-directed by Sam Cassidy, who has also written the music, book and lyrics. Also in the creative team are: choreography by Ryan Lee Seager and Lucy Martin, costume design by Lucy Alexander and lighting and set designed by Nick Eve.

27 will run at the Cockpit Theatre from the 8th September until the 22nd October. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/show/27

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