It has been announced that Jack Maple Productions will present a revival of Fred Ebb and John Kander’s musical at the Southwark Playhouse from the 25th May 2018.
With music and lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander, who were also behind musicals such as Chicago and Cabaret, this new production of their musical will be directed by Adam Lenson and feature choreography by Fabian Aloise.
Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern seaboard, is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother.
The Rink originally premiered on Broadway in 1984, starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli. Rivera won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance.
The musical then came to London, opening at the Cambridge Theatre on the 17th February 1988, starring Josephine Blake and Diane Langton.
Director Adam Lenson’s recent credits include: 5mm: A Musical Exhibition (The Other Palace) and Superhero (Southwark Playhouse). Talking about reviving The Rink he said: “I have long admired the ingenious work of Kander and Ebb and to get to direct this rarely seen masterpiece is a true privilege. Most people are only familiar with their most popular hits Chicago and Cabaret, but The Rink is as innovative as it is underrated and truly pushes the form of musical theatre. I cannot wait for audiences to see this beautiful and complex story.”
Meanwhile, choreographer Fabian Aloise most recently worked on the UK National Tour of Our House and the European Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s Working at Southwark Playhouse.
Casting for the production has yet to be announced.
The Rink will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 25th May until the 23rd June 2018. For more information visit: http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/the-rink/