Park Theatre will host the European premiere of heart-warming chamber musical The Burnt Part Boys from 10th August to 3rd September 2016. This is the first musical to be staged in PARK90. British director Matthew Illife directs a brand new cast in this premiere. Press Night is Thursday 11th August, 7pm.
The Burnt Part Boys is an unforgettable, coming of age story, with a masterfully orchestrated and arranged score that will engross and mesmerize. Music is by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen, the co-writers of Tuck Everlasting which just enjoyed a Broadway run, with book by Mariana Elder.
“The bluegrass-pop score is excellent: tuneful, catchy and moving” The New York Observer
Following a successful off-Broadway run in 2010, The Burnt Part Boys was nominated as Best New Musical at the Lucille Lortel Award. This youthful tale of adventure and redemption has been hailed among critics as an innovative and gripping musical.
“Ambitious and accomplished” Time Out, New York ★★★★
Set in rural West Virginia, 1962. Fourteen year-old Pete’s fighting to claim his past. His older brother Jake’s hoping to forge a future. With an eclectic band of friends teetering on the brink of adulthood, they’ve embarked on a life-altering journey to the coalmine that took their father’s life. With its soaring, elegiac bluegrass and pop-inspired score, this inspirational new musical finds both the streaks of light and the heart of darkness within us all.
In the cast are:
David Haydn (Dad) whose musical credits include Americana (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Spend Spend Spend (Union Theatre) and Fame (UK Tour).
Ryan Heenan (Dusty) whose credits include Variété (Riverside Studios), Mort the Musical (Rose Theatre Kingston) and The Sound of Music (London Palladium).
Chris Jenkins (Jake) was most recently see in The War Of The Worlds (Dominion); Billy Elliot: The Musical (Victoria Palace) and Spamalot (Playhouse).
David Leopold (Chet) who has appeared in Uncle Vanya and The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Little Sure Shot (West Yorkshire Playhouse/the egg, Bath/ Tour).
Grace Osborn (Frances) who was more recently in Somewhere in England (UK tour) and Whistle Down the Wind and Love Story (Union Theatre).
Joseph Peacock (Pete) who has appeared in Grease and West Side Story (The Factory Playhouse).
Also in the ensemble are Danny Black-George (Sister Act, Altar Boyz and Chicago tours), Tomas Wolstenholme (Can’t Buy Me Love, Salisbury Playhouse; Once the Musical, West End and International Tour; Into the Woods, Stratford Circus), Jonathan Bourne (Santa Claus And The Night Before Christmas, G-Live; Ghost: The Musical, English Theatre Frankfurt; Chess, Channel Island Tour) and Jamie Fillery (Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Brighton; Bouncers, The London Theatre; Scrooge!, UK Tour).
Matthew Iliffe’s directing credits include: The Angel of Peckham (McConnell New Writing Fund, Theatro Technis), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Landor) and Precious Little Talent (Gobstoppers Festival, The Albany). Upcoming projects include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Alma Theatre, Bristol) and Stitches (Hen & Chickens Theatre). As Assistant Director: Stalking the Bogeyman (Markus Potter, Southwark Playhouse) and Brass for National Youth Music Theatre (Hannah Chissick, Hackney Empire). He is the co-founder of hairofthedog, a new writing theatre company.
Chris Miller (music) and Nathan Tysen (lyrics) have also written Fugitive Songs (2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Revue). Their current projects include the adaptation of the popular novel Tuck Everlasting (Direction by Casey Nicholaw, Book by Claudia Shear) which has just completed a Broadway run, a song for the new revue Stars of David, plus commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons/Theatreworks Silicon Valley. Television work includes songs for ‘Sesame Street’ (2012 Daytime Emmy Award).
Performed by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of New York.
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