The musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel is set to begin performances at the Park Theatre on the 11th November.
Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Knockhardy Productions in association with Park Theatre have announced the full cast for the upcoming London premiere of Allan Knee, Mindi Dickstein and Jason Howland’s musical.
It has been confirmed that Ryan Bennett (Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys international tour) will play Professor Bhaer, Hana Ichijo (Arts Educational School graduate) will play Meg, Sev Keoshgerian (Dwayne in Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical, Arcola and UK Tour)will play Laurie, Anastasia Martin (Legends for FOX21, starring Sean Bean) will play Beth, Mary Moore (Eva in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) will play Amy, Bernadine Pritchett (Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, West End) will play Aunt March, Brian Protheroe (Brabantio in Othello, Aragon in The Merchant of Venice both for the RSC, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, West End) will play Mr Lawrence, Lejaun Sheppard (Tina the Musical, The Book of Mormon, West End) as John Brooke, Savannah Stevenson (Glinda in Wicked, West End), will play Marmee and Lydia White (Chess and CinderELLA at Nuffield Southampton Theatre; Rags, Hope Mill Theatre) will play Jo. Also in the company is Liv Andrusier (Royal Academy of Music graduate).
Jo, the second eldest of the March daughters and an aspiring writer, receives yet another rejection from a publisher. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells Jo she can do better by making her stories more personal. Begrudgingly, Jo weaves the story of how she and her sisters grew up in Civil War America – a tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.
Originally produced on Broadway in 2005, starring Sutton Foster as Jo, the musical had its UK premiere at Hope Mill Theatre in 2017, produced by Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Knockhardy Productions.
It features a book by tage and screen writer Allan Knee (Finding Neverland, The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit), lyrics by Mindi Dickstein (lyricist for Benny and Joon, book writer for Toy Story – The Musical and book and lyrics for Beasts and Saints), and music by Grammy Award-winner Jason Howland (co-produced The Lonesome West, created Handel’s Messiah Rocks for the Boston Pops, arranger and music supervisor for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical and music director for Les Miserables).
This production is directed by Bronagh Lagan with set and costume design by Nik Corrall, musical direction by Leo Munby, orchestrations by Andy Collyer, choreography by Sarah Golding, lighting design by Ben M Rogers, sound design by Paul Gavin and casting by Jane Deitch.
Little Women The Musical will play at the Park Theatre from the 11th November until the 19th December.