The musical will make its stage debut at the Hackney Empire from the 22nd to the 31st October.

Casting has been announced for the upcoming stage premiere of Vanara The Legend, which heads to the Hackney Empire next month following on from its workshop performances and concept album.

The production is set to include: Matthew Croke (Aladdin, Prince Edward; Hair, London Palladium), Glenn Carter (Evita, UK tour; Jesus Christ Superstar, UK tour), Johnnie Fiori (The Sunshine Boys, Savoy Theatre/ Ahmanson Theatre, LA), Carole Stennett (Death of a Salesman, Piccadilly Theatre; The Bodyguard, UK tour), Cavin Cornwall (Jesus Christ Superstar, Barbican) and rising-star Emily Bautista. Further casting is set to include: Samantha Mercer (Les Misérables, West End; Jerry Springer the Opera, National Theatre), Kayleigh McKnight (Tina The Musical, West End; Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Joaquin Pedro Valdes
(Heathers, West End; Miss Saigon, UK & International tour) and Shem Omari James (The Music
of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leicester Curve).

On another earth, in another time, where nature is revered and life is full of dangers, two tribes are locked in an age-old battle. One has the secret of fire, the other wants it. One young woman must decide: protect the life she knows or burn it down.

The musical features a score by Gianluca Cucchiara, lyrics by Andrew James Whelan, book by Michael Conley, conceived by Tony Cucchiara and has been produced and developed by Giovanna Romagnoli. This stage production is directed by Adam Lenson and Eleesha Drennan, who will also serve as Dramaturg and Choreographer respectively.

Further creative team for the production includes: set and costume design by Libby Todd, with orchestrations by Jen Green, musical direction by Tamara Saringer and casting by Harry Blumenau.

Producer Giovanna Romagnoli said: ” We’re thrilled to bring together this incredible ensemble to premiere Vanara – The Legend in London. We can’t wait for audiences to witness the fantastic spectacle on stage, showcasing the talents of both the cast and creative team.”

Vanara The Legend will play at the Hackney Empire from the 22nd to the 31st October.