Last Updated on 15 May 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team
Leicester’s Curve brings in stars of past West End and Curve shows for The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate reopening
Full casting has been announced for a concert at Leicester’s Curve featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The “celebratory” reopening concert runs from 7 to 19 June in Curve’s transformed auditorium as part of the theatre’s upcoming socially distanced season and is directed by Curve’s artistic director, Nikolai Foster.
The cast for The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber will be Madalena Alberto (Evita, London’s Dominion Theatre), Jessica Daley (An Officer and a Gentleman, Curve and UK tour), Tim Howar (The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre), Shem Omari James (Songs For A New World, London Palladium), Ria Jones (Sunset Boulevard, Curve), Karen Mavundukure (The Color Purple, Curve) and Tim Rogers (Jesus Christ Superstar, UK and European tour).
Andrew Lloyd Webber will also guide audiences through the performance in specially pre-recorded scenes filmed at Curve and around Leicester.
It is set to feature songs from shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, School of Rock, Tell Me on a Sunday, Sunset Boulevard and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Foster said: “Andrew’s thrilling music and the incredible characters and stories he has brought to life, alongside some of our greatest lyricists, ensures this concert will be the perfect celebration to mark Curve’s reopening.
“We are proud to be joined by an astonishingly talented company of actors, musicians and creatives to mark this unique occasion in our theatre’s history. Whilst we are proud of everything we’ve achieved online during lockdown, nothing beats the shared experience of live theatre and we hope this concert – performed by this outstanding company – will be the perfect way to bring audiences together once more.”
Matthew Spencer-Smith will lead a band of eight musicians as musical director and Colin Richmond will provide design for Curve’s specially adapted in-the-round auditorium. Also on the team are Curve associate artists, movement director Mel Knott, lighting designer Ben Cracknell and casting director Kay Magson, with sound design by Tom Marshall.
Completing the company are production manager Sam Paterson, Birkbeck trainee director Jennifer Lane Baker, company stage manager James Hayden-Harler and deputy stage manager Lisa Lewis. Filmed scenes featuring Lloyd Webber have been captured by Crosscut Media.