Casting for the European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday has been confirmed. The production will open for previews at the Charing Cross Theatre from the 16th January 2017.
Thom Southerland will direct Maxwell Caulfield, Chris Peluso and Zoe Doano in the third musical production and European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday.
In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.
Featuring a romantic score by multi Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine) and a book by multi Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone, Death Takes a Holiday is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which also inspired the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt.
The musical was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premièred Off Broadway in 2011.
Maxwell Caulfield is best known for his roles in Dynasty and The Colbys. His stage credits include making his West End debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago and subsequently playing the role on Broadway and recently starred as Nathan Detroit in the tour of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Guys & Dolls.
Meanwhile, Zoe Doano has just finished a year in the West End as Cosette in Les Misérables. Before this she played Johanna in the West End transfer of the Tooting Pie Shop Sweeney Todd. She also starred as Marianne in the European première of Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour, directed by Thom Southerland at the Finborough Theatre.
Chris Peluso made his West End debut earlier this year starring as Chris in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre and then playing Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat at the New London Theatre.
The production will feature set designs by Morgan Large, costume designs by Jonathan Lipman, lighting design by Matt Daw, sound design by Andrew Johnson and choreography by Sam Spencer-Lane.
Death Takes A Holiday will run at the Charing Cross Theatre from the 16th January until the 4th March. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk,Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.