Thursday, June 23

Ryan Molloy and Cassie Compton cast for 27 new British Rock Musical directed by Arlene Phillips

Updated 1st August:  The cast has just been announced which will include Ryan Molloy, Cassie Compton,  Reg Oliver and Jack Donnelly.  
Ryan Molloy holds the record as the longest-running star of a West End musical as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” for six years. He also played the role on Broadway. He was Horace in the musical Fings Ain’t Wot They Used to Be at Theatre Royal Stratford East, played Tremont ‘Chick With A Dick’  in Jerry Springer the Opera, Steve Strange in Taboo, Judas in Godspell, and Ozzie in On the Town (at the ENO).

Cassie Compton was Jean in the world premiere of American Psycho at the Almeida; Nessarose in Wicked and Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing, both in the West End.

Greg Oliver played Moritz in the musical Spring Awakening, Wolf in After the Turn and Kyle in the world premiere of The Prodigals. As a singer he records as Revilo and he’s also in two other bands, HENRIETTA and Beauty School Dropout.

Jack Donnelly is best known for starring as Jason in Atlantis on BBC1. He was also in Misfits and two series of Threesome. On stage he was in Accomplice at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

The rest of the cast includes Lucy Martin, Ryan Gibb, Jodie Jacobs, Maisie Bawden, Eloise Davies, Collette Guitart, Emily Kenwright, Sophie Ayers, Anthony Selwyn, Jason Kajdi, Kristian Cunningham.

Arlene Phillips is to direct the world premiere of 27  new British rock musical which  will run at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone for  6 weeks from Thursday 8th September to Saturday 22nd October

27 is a dark interpretation of one of humanity’s oldest stories, written and co-directed by Sam Cassidy about Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Curt Cobain, Jm Morrison and Amy Winehouse: all music legends whose lives were tragically cut short at 27. Orpheus is a would-be rock star turned icon whose experiences of fame and notoriety lead him on a journey of unstoppable self-destruction. Another name for the list. At the tender age of 27. Another star, extinguished…featuring 13 musical numbers and a cast of 15, it is a shattering exploration of the fragility of life and the unwitting connections that bind us together. This rock musical with original lyrics and score serves up songs to die for and killer guitar riffs and will take you somewhere you probably didn’t think existed anymore.

Arlene Phillips said ‘I love working on projects that shout out “we are different”. Working on the fringe of the arts, which I have been doing more of in these last couple of years, I find really exciting. 27 has a powerful and emotional message that evokes so many memories of not just Amy Winehouse but so many others who began with a prodigious talent that eventually destroys them. It is a musical that could connect to so many people of different ages. The musical appeals to me because it was written by a young writer, Sam Cassidy, who has the power in his music to take the audience from one moment of joy to instant tears of sorrow. Casting this show won’t be easy because we need true actors who are able to get into the depth of the roles, and like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sam writes music that is only possible for a few to sing, and of course, I want them to dance!

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