The full cast has been announced for the new musical Vanara – The Legend. The show will have its premiere from 22 to 31 October at the Hackney Empire.
Vanara – The Legend will host a number of west end and international talent including: Matthew Croke (Aladdin), Glenn Carter (Evita) and Johnnie Fiori (The Sunshine Boys). Also featuring, Carole Stennett (Death of a Salesman), Cavin Cornwall (Jesus Christ Superstar) and rising star Emily Bautista (Les Misérables – Broadway), in her London debut.
Further cast includes Samantha Mercer (Les Misérables), Kayleigh McKnight (Tina – The Tina Turner Musical), Joaquin Pedro Valdes (Heathers) and Shem Omari James (The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber).
Ensemble cast members include Jemima Brown, Chris George and Yuki Abe. additionally Olivia Jones, Ella Martine, HIcaro Nicolai, Prem Rai and Ebby Sama.
The production will play for a strictly limited run in London, before embarking on a UK-wide tour in 2022.
The show will be directed by Adam Lenson and Eleesha Drennan, who will also serve as dramaturg and choreographer. The score is by Gianluca Cucchiara, with lyrics by Andrew James Whelan and a book by Michael Conley. Next, the set and costume design is by Libby Todd, orchestrations by Jen Green, and finally musical direction by Tamara Saringer.
The show has a unique blend of theatre, contemporary dance, and technical innovation, that is completely revolutionised musical theatre. Vanara – The Legend follows two tribes battling it out as disaster threatens to destroy their planet. One has the secret of fire, however the other wants it. A young woman must decide: does she protect the life she knows or burn it down.
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