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Lambert Jackson Productions and Crazy Coqs present FIRST DATE

FIRST DATELambert Jackson Productions and Crazy Coqs today announce a virtual production of the Broadway musical First Date. Dean Johnson directs Samantha Barks (Casey), Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Man #2), Rufus Kampa (Young Aaron), Simon Lipkin (Aaron), Nicholas McLean (Man #1), and Danielle Steers (Woman #1). The production will be filmed at Crazy Coqs, then made available for streaming 22nd – 24th October at 7.30pm.

Do opposites really attract? Cool chick Casey and tightly wound Aaron are hoping so. These two New York City singles have been set up by friends and family, but from the outset this first date seems to be doomed. The two have nothing in common… But with the help of a meddling but well-meaning waiter, and a host of other characters along the way, can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives?

With a contemporary rock score, First Date gleefully pokes fun at the all too familiar dating mishaps we’ve all experienced and gives hope that there could be that one special person out there for all of us.

Tickets are £12.50, and are available at https://www.fane.co.uk/

Samantha Barks plays Casey. Her previous theatre credits include Chess (Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall / Tokyo International Forum Hall), Pretty Woman (Chicago and Broadway), The Last Five Years (St James Theatre), Amelie (Berkley Rep), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), Chicago (Hollywood Bowl), Oliver! (UK tour), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), and Cabaret (Birmingham Rep). She was one of the participants on the BBC series I’d Do Anything. For film, her credits include Chocolate Cake, For Love or Money, Bitter Harvest, The Revenger, Interlude in Prague, The Devil’s Harvest, The Christmas Candle and as Eponine in Les Misérables (recipient of Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer; and nomination for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). She also reprised her performance as Eponine for Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary. Barks will play role of Elsa in the West End production of Frozen.

Oscar Conlon-Morrey plays Man #2. His previous theatre credits include Only Fools and Horses The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Fall, The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington (Shakespeare’s Globe), Nativity! The Musical (Hammersmith Apollo, UK tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House Theatre), and The Toxic Avenger (Arts Theatre).

Rufus Kampa plays Young Aaron. His previous theatre credits include The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical (Ambassadors Theatre), and Goodnight Mister Tom (Southwark Playhouse).

Simon Lipkin plays Aaron. His previous theatre credits include Ghost Stories (Ambassadors Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith), All in a Row, As You Like It (Southwark Playhouse), Nativity! The Musical, Spamalot (Hammersmith Apollo/UK tour), The Wind in the Willows, Honeymoon in Vegas, I Can’t Sing (London Palladium), Whisper House (The Other Palace), Guys and Dolls (Phoenix Theatre), Miss Atomic Bomb (St James Theatre), The Lorax (The Old Vic), Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre), Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory), and Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre). For film, his credits include Nativity Rocks!, Show Dogs, Nativity III, and The Muppets – Again.

Nicholas McLean plays Man #1. His previous theatre credits include Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Cinderella (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Avenue Q (UK tour), The Pied Piper (Cornerstone Arts Centre), South Pacific (St James Concert Hall), and The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre).

Danielle Steers plays Woman #1. Her previous theatre credits Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Bat Out of Hell (Dominion Theatre, London Coliseum, UK tour), Beautiful (Aldwych Theatre), The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre), We Will Rock You (international tour), Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), and Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre).

Dean Johnson directs. His previous theatre credits include Godspell (St Paul’s Covent Garden, Cadogan Hall), Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse), Paperboy (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Spring Awakening, In The Heights (Stockwell Playhouse), and Into The Woods, Rent (Belvoir Studio Theatre).

Lambert Jackson Productions and Crazy Coqs present
FIRST DATE
Book by Austin Winsberg
Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Director and Videographer: Dean Johnson; Musical Supervisor: Adam Hoskins
Musical Director: Josh Winstone

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