EVERY STAR OUT IN HEAVEN IS SHINING DOWN ON BROOKLYN once more!!! In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of its World Premiere, the cult-classic pop, rock, soulful, and street urban musical BROOKLYN will make its long awaited UK PREMIERE this Fall at the Greenwich Theatre in London (OFF-WEST END). It is expecting to run there for a strictly limited engagement from September 27th – October 16th, 2019. To give UK fans a sneak peak, the new cast took center stage in London's Trafalgar Square during the free West End LIVE performing the show's opening number HEART BEHIND THESE HANDS.
Under the direction of Adam Haigh, the UK premiere cast will feature….
Hiba Elchikhe ("Princess Jasmine" in the West End production of Disney's Aladdin – The Musical) in the title role of "Brooklyn",
Emily-Mae as "Miss Paradice",
and Andrew Patrick-Walker (West End and Toronto's Bat Out of Hell – the Musical) as "Streetsinger" / "Narrator".
In addition, Jodie Beth Meyer will serve as the alternate for the role of "Brooklyn".
For those who may not know, BROOKLYN tells the story of a young girl from Paris named "Brooklyn" who becomes an acclaimed singing superstar and discovers the father she never knew in the city that bares her name. The musical uses the "play within a play" format with the actual story being told by 5 street corner and homeless musicians living under the Brooklyn Bridge. The show features a score and book by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson (inspired by their real life stories). It features some of the most beloved songs written for the stsage including ONCE UPON A TIME, RAVEN, STREETSINGER, BROOKLYN IN THE BLOOD, and more.
The show originally spent 2 years of early development labs (consisting of readings and workshops). With the green light to go, BROOKLYN had it's World Premiere Pre-Broadway tryout at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2003. It officially arrived on Broadway in 2004 at the Gerald Schonefeld Theatre playing a complete total of 311 performances. Under the direction of Jeff Calhoun, the cast consisted of….
Eden Espinosa as "Brooklyn",
Ramona Keller as "Ms. Paradice",
Tony winner Clevant Derricks as "Streetsinger" / "The Narrator",
Tony winner Karen Olivo as "Faith",
The show was snubbed with no Tony Awards nominations in 2005.
Following the Broadway run, the show went on a US National Tour starring….
American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo as the title role,
Tony winner Melba Moore as "Ms. Paradice".
Clevant Derricks reprising his roles as "Streetsinger" / "The Narrator",
Julie Reiber Bennett as "Faith",
and Lee Morgan as "Taylor Collins".
Most recently, Broadway Licensing just secured the rights to BROOKLYN. It will now be performed in numerous schools, community, and regional houses everywhere.
Who is excited?