Full casting is now announced for the UK Premiere of Winnie Holzman’s musical Birds of Paradise. Taking the role of Lawrence Wood is Ashley Knight (I Can’t Sing, London Palladium; She Loves Me, Savoy; Ghost –The Musical, Picadilly; Young Claudius in I, Claudius). Joining him are Ryan Taylor as Andy (Beauty and the Beast, Dominion; Mikado, G & S Opera Company; Tolkien, London Arts Theatre) Victoria Waddington as Marjorie, Stephanie Lyse as Stella, Elizabeth Chadwick as Hope, James Kenneth Haughan as Homer, Lottie Johnson as Julia and Stuart Scott as Dave.
“The score is filled with the kind of yearning diffused with joy that Holzman would bring to later projects like Wicked and My So-Called Life.” Play Bill When a group of eccentric amateur actors attempt to stage an absurd new musical version of Chekhov’s The Seagull, they each end up learning more than just their lines. As rehearsals go on, art starts to imitate life as they all learn valuable lessons in love and acceptance.
A joyful and witty comedy told through heartfelt songs and uplifting music, this UK premiere of Birds of Paradise will charm and delight fans of contemporary musical theatre. An early work of Winnie Holzman (writer of the book of Wicked), it showcases the comedic talents of one of the genre’s most influential authors.
“MKEC Productions, laid out their credentials in 2015 when they scored a sell-out success with The Baker’s Wife at the venue. A year later they’re back and they’re on a roll…Lucky Stiff is dead funny from start to finish.” Stage Reviews on Lucky Stiff
Birds of Paradise
Music: David Evans
Lyrics: Winnie Holzman
Book: Winnie Holzman and David Evans
Dates: Tuesday 02/05/2017 until Saturday 20/05/2017 (Tuesday to Saturday)
Times: 8pm, Saturday Matinee 3pm
Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ