Casting for the concert performances taking place at the Bishopgate Institute on the 2nd and 3rd November has been announced.
Composed by Emmy Award-winner Howard Goodall, Girlfriends is World War II set British musical and celebrates the work of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).
Today, casting has been confirmed for the concert performances, which will be directed by Bronagh Lagan, with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra being conducted by Freddie Tapner. The all-star casting is set to include: Lucie Jones as Lou (Legally Blonde, UK Eurovision Entrant 2017, Les Misérables) and Lauren Samuels as Amy (Bend It Like Beckham, Romantics Anonymous, We Will Rock You). They are joined by Natasha Barnes as Sally (Funny Girl / Mack & Mabel), Bronté Barbé as Jane (Beautiful / Shrek UK Tour), Vikki Stoneas Jasmine (Concerto For Comedian and Orchestra / Lyric Hammersmith’s Aladdin and Jack & The Beanstalk) and Rob Houchen as Guy (Candide / Les Miserables). The ensemble includes Lisa Bridge, Charlotte Clitherow, and Tara Divina. Further casting is to be announced.
It has also been announced that the concert will also be recorded for release as a live cast album. The album will be the first publicly available recording of the show, as well as LMTO’s debut album.
Girlfriends follows recruits of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) on an RAF Bomber Command base during the Second World War. This emotionally compelling musical explores the bravery, camaraderie, solidarity and humour between the women in the WAAF while they pack parachutes, make shells, fall in love and live through the horrors of the War.
Talking about the news, composer Howard Goodall said: “My musical Girlfriends first came to the West End 30 years ago, it’s been seen multiple times across the UK, in Dutch in The Netherlands and at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in the meantime, and now it returns to London, which is a wonderful moment for me as its composer-lyricist. We have a cast to die for, a full orchestra with magnificent new orchestrations by Simon Nathan and the gorgeous, historic surroundings of the Bishopsgate Institute to perform it in. We are also, for the first time, making a recording of it. I am beyond thrilled about all this and can’t wait to see maestro Freddie Tapner raise his baton for the first bar.”
Girlfriends will be performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra on the 2nd and 3rd November at the Bishopsgate Institute. For more information visit: http://www.lmto.org/whats-on/girlfriends2018/