Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ray Davies new musical to open in London

I've been waiting years for this! We've heard hints and promises about this musical over the past ten years. Finally, it reaches the stage this fall. I am madly going over my finances and calendar to make sure I can get there for a weekend.

Latest News: Kinks-y musical at Stratford East
First published: 16 Jul 2008

Ray Davies, former front-man of sixties band The Kinks, has turned his tuneful hand to theatre, creating new musical Come Dancing, which will premiere at the Theatre Royal Stratford East this autumn.

Inspired by the famous Kinks song of the same name, Come Dancing, which runs from 13 September to 25 October (press night 24 September), is set in the 1950s around the Ilford Palais ballroom. Conjuring the innocent, care-free days of youth, it tells a tale of love triumphing over adversity.

Davies, whose hits with The Kinks include Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night and Lola, has written a host of new songs for Come Dancing, in addition to working with writers Paul Sirett and Terry Johnson to create the book for this new production.

Sirett's work has previously been seen at Stratford East, where his Ska musical The Big Life was a huge hit, prompting a transfer to the West End. Playwright and director Johnson is also no stranger to London's Theatreland, where his previous productions include Dead Funny, Cleo Camping Emmanuelle And Dick and Hitchcock Blonde.

The production is directed by Theatre Royal Stratford East's Artistic Director Kerry Michael, who directed Stratford East's most recent West End transfer, The Harder They Come, which is currently entertaining audiences at the Playhouse.

Come Dancing's creative team also includes designers Harriet Barsby and Jenny Tiramani, musical director Robert Hyman, choreographer Omar Okai and lighting designer Jo Joelson. Casting is yet to be announced.

Show Details: Come Dancing
showing at: Theatre Royal Stratford

previews from: 13.09.2008
opening night: 24.09.2008

Cast and Crew
director: Kerry Michael
producer: Theatre Royal Stratford East

Here's the Kinks video that accompanied Come Dancing back in the 80s:

1 comment:

Betty C. said...

This sounds so fun, I'm thinking of trying to make it from France to the UK to go...I saw Ray in Seattle last week and it was great.

Nice blog, I've bookmarked it. We seem to have quite the same musical tastes...