The Other Palace, formerly the St. James Theatre, will officially open its doors in February 2017, and will be a home and breeding ground for musicals at various stages of development. The Other Palace will focus on four key areas: programming, creative use of spaces, musical theatre development and audience engagement. A visualisation of the theatre shows some changes that will be taking place to the building.
Tickets for Murder for Two and This Joint is Jumpin’ will go on sale to friends of the theatre at 10am on Friday 9 December and on general sale on Saturday 10 December at 10am.
THE WILD PARTY FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED
Dates: Monday 13 February – Saturday 1 April 2017
Press night: Monday 20 February at 7pm
Performance Times: Monday – Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Preview prices: £5/£20/£35/£45/£55
Ticket prices: £10/£30/£45/£55/£65
Full casting has been announced for The Other Palace’s inaugural production, Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, which receives its first major London production at The Other Palace.
The Wild Party has music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by George C. Wolfe and Michael John LaChiusa. It will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (In the Heights, Strictly Ballroom the Musical) with musical direction by Theo Jamieson (Funny Girl, West End), set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour (Dr Faustus, Urinetown, The Commitments, West End) and lighting design by Richard Howell. It will be presented by Paul Taylor-Mills by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party tells the story of Queenie and Burrs, a Vaudeville showgirl and a Vaudeville clown whose relationship is marked by vicious behaviour and recklessness. In an attempt to salvage their toxic union, they decide to throw a party to end all parties. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy; a washed-up boxer; a diva of indeterminate age; a fresh-faced ingénue; and a handsome Valentino who catches Queenie’s roving eye. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat, as artifice and illusion are stripped away. But when midnight debauchery turns into tragedy, the revellers must sober up and face reality. After all, no party lasts forever.
Based on Joseph Moncure March’s narrative poem of the same title, The Wild Party originally opened on Broadway in 2000 with a cast including Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt. The production received seven Tony Award nominations and a Grammy Award nomination for its composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa. LaChiusa is one of the most prolific writers for the American musical stage, with works including Hello Again (1994), Marie Christine (1999), The Wild Party (2000) and See What I Wanna See (2005). He was nominated for Tony Awards for his score and book for Marie Christine and for his books for The Wild Party and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
MURDER FOR TWO IN THE OTHER PALACE STUDIO
Dates: Thursday 2 March – Saturday 18 March 2017
Press night: Monday 6 March at 7pm
Performance Times: Monday – Saturday evenings at 8pm
Ticket prices: £24/£29
The first production to take place in The Other Palace Studio will be musical whodunit Murder for Two.
A Watermill Theatre production in association with Paul Taylor-Mills. Book and music by Joe Kinosian, book and lyrics by Kellen Blair. Directed by Luke Sheppard, with musical direction by Tom Attwood, designed by Gabriella Slade. Murder for Two is Paul Taylor Mills and Luke Sheppard’s first collaboration since the Olivier Award winning musical In The Heights.
A hilarious high-energy musical whodunit, Murder For Two is a madcap murder mystery with a twist. Two actors play thirteen characters…and the piano. A loving homage to the canon of murder mystery plays, Murder For Two is a blend of music, mayhem and murder.
When famous novelist Arthur Whitney is found dead at his birthday party, it’s time to call in the detectives. The only problem is, they’re out of town. Enter Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a neighbourhood cop who dreams of climbing the ranks. With the clock ticking, it’s up to Marcus to prove his super sleuthing skills and solve the crime before the real detective arrives.
Murder For Two was recently a huge hit Off-Broadway. The production will have its British stage premiere at The Watermill Theatre prior to it run at The Other Palace.
THIS JOINT IS JUMPIN’ IN THE OTHER PALACE STUDIO
Dates: Tuesday 4 – Saturday 15 April 2017
Press night: Thursday 6 April at 7pm
Performance Times: Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8pm
Saturday matinees at 3pm
Ticket prices: £20/£25
Fri and Sat eve: £25/£30
Celebrating jazz icon Fats Waller’s life and music, New York’s finest are in town and they want you to join them. Michael Mwenso and The Shakes are joined by Michela Lerman for an evening of live jazz, tap dancing and inventive storytelling. Hosted by Sammy Slide, these stunning contemporary artists celebrate American jazz via their unique style and enthusiasm. Singin’ for their supper and breathing new life into classics such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black and Blue, Honeysuckle Rose, this promises to be an unforgettable evening.
The Other Palace
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