‘Ordinary Days’ at the Finborough and other new musicals

Regular readers of this blog will know that I complain pretty frequently about the dearth of original new musicals, but the plethora of jukebox musicals. Having said that, I don’t want you to get the impression that I’m entirely dismissive of ‘jukebox’ shows. In fact, I’m off to the Prince Edward Theatre tonight to see one – Jersey Boys – and have been looking forward to seeing the show for ages.

Despite that, it’s great to note that there are options out there at the moment for fans of new musical theatre, and it comes from talent on both sides of the pond.

Representing the UK in proceedings are 2 shows: Kinks frontman Ray Davies’ Come Dancing, that recently extended its time at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and the Kings Head’s latest musical offering, Rue Magique (which was originally known at ‘Street Magic’ when the show was first announced.

But it’s the US side of the things that I’d like to concentrate on in this post…

Just last week, I was at the Southbank Centre to see the London premiere of New York City’s New Voices Collective. It was a nice opportunity to hear some new writers for the first time, and whilst I would like to have seen a little more from established writers like JRB, LaChiusa and Adam Guettel, it was still worth the trip. If I get a chance, I’ll try to blog about the event itself at some point.

If you’re a fan of new musicals though, you should check out the Finborough Theatre’s upcoming offering – Ordinary Days – which is on in November, It’s the European premiere of a show by emerging American composer Adam Gwon, and judging by the tracks on his MySpace page, he’s definitely one worth watching.

The show is directed by Adam Lenson, and casting for the show has just been announced – see the ews on What’s On Stage here. The biggest name on the list is Julie Atherton, who was the original Kate Monster/ Lucy the Slut in the London production of Avenue Q (a role that she’ll be returning to in December after Ordinary Days), but Kenneth Avery-Clark, Hayley Gallivan and Lee William-Davis have some pretty impressive credits to their name too.

In fact, all 4 of the cast have great West End experience, between them performing in Avenue Q, Fame, The Producers, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Mamma Mia and Mary Poppins – a pretty impressive list!

The show is initially on for just 5 performances, and given that the Finborough is a small venue, I’d recommend booking tickets quickly if you’re keen to see the show. You can find out more information on the Finborough’s website here. If you do manage to see it, let me know what you think.

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