Friday, February 2

Caroline O'Connor to star in revival of The Rink at Southwark

Caroline O’Connor is  to star as Anna Antonelli -  the owner of a fading Coney Island seaside roller rink - in  The Rink musical at Southwark Playhouse from May 25th-23rd June.

This is the  first London revival of The Rink  in almost 30 years.It  has music and lyrics by Tony and Olivier Award-Winning John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) and book by Tony Award-winning Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spiderwoman), and. It originally premiered on Broadway in 1984 starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli with Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern coast of America who  is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother. Chita Rivera created the role Anna in New York and Josephine Blake played her in London back in 1987
The Rink is directed by Adam Lenson (Songs For a New World & Superhero) and choreographed by Fabian Aloise (Working & Our House, UK Tour)  It has showstopping songs, including Colored Lights and Don’t “Ah Ma” Me,

O'Connor is currently appearing as Countess Lily in Anastasia on Broadway.which also has a script by McNally. She understudied Diane Langton who played Angel in London saying I was so young then. For me it was so exciting to be part of it. It’ll be very interesting to understand Anna from the get go. Having listened so often to The Rink soundtrack, she feels she understands the show very well.

 
Tickets for The Rink

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