The musical will begin performances at the Southwark Playhouse from the 2nd December.
Featuring book and lyrics by Metta’s Artistic Director P Burton-Morgan, and music and lyrics from Stiles + Drewe award winner Ben Glasstone (Reanimator), The Rhythmics is a new musical that explores the crisis of masculinity via a collection of oddballs.
Hapless single-dad Grey is in a rut. Teenage daughter Silva packs him off to revive his rockstar dreams, successfully auditioning for ‘Nick & the Rhythmics’ only to realise… he’s actually signed up for an All-male Rhythmic Gymnastics troupe. Against the odds these burly blokes make it as far as the World Championships – twirling their ‘ribbons of fire’ – and along the way Grey finally learns to commit to life.
This new musical is a collaboration between Aria Entertainment and Metta Theatre, two companies committed to supporting new British musicals. It is directed by P Burton-Morgan, with choreography by Mark Smith, with Erika Gundesen as Musical Director, Ellie Vekerk as Musical Supervisor, James Nicholson as sound designer, Francine Huin-Wah as costume designer, Jane Deitch as casting director, and Will Reynolds as set and lighting designer. Casting for the production has yet to be announced.
A cast album for The Rhythmics was created last year during lockdown and is available to listen to via Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Apple Music and other digital platforms.
Talking about the news, P Burton-Morgan said: “So thrilled to finally share the world premiere of this original new British musical with live audiences. I can’t think of anything more uplifting to welcome people back into theatres than this heart warming and hilarious tale of community and connection. A tonic for our times; Ben’s joyous score is an absolute bop.”
The Rhythmics will play at the Southwark Playhouse from the 2nd December until the 8th January 2022.