Tuesday, January 10

Casting for revival of Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle at the Union

Updated 11th February.  The cast has just been announced for this production:  FELICITY DUNCAN plays the unscrupulous mayoress. Her musical theatre roles include Liza Minnelli in Bill Kenwright’s tour of the new Richard Harris comedy Liza, Liza, Liza, Rosie in the International tour of Mamma Mia and Anya in Fiddler on the Roof at the London Palladium with Topol.

OLIVER STANLEY plays quirky psychiatrist Hapgood. He played  Lord Marlborough in Phil Willmott’s new musical Princess Caraboo at the Finborough Theatre and is a regular soloist with The Musical Theatre Orchestra

RACHEL DELOOSE plays rebellious psychiatric nurse Fay Apple. She played Sonia in the Toyah Wilcox musical of Crime and Punishment  - which she will reprise later this year in the forthcoming film.

Playing townsfolk and asylum inmates are  James Horne (Schub) Richard Foster King  (Detmold), Mark Garfield  (Cooley), Christopher Laishley (Magruder) with Alessandro Lubrano, Joe Miller, Michel Larcombe, Abbey Adams, Isabel Wro Wright, Kate Hurley, Natalie Thorn, Mitchel Laithbury, Joey Warne, Laura Pick Tom Mussell and Victoria-Louise Currie.
Anyone Can Whistle is a musical comedy about a town that’s gone bankrupt because its only industry is manufacturing something that never wears out.In order to revive her town Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper and her town council fake a miracle – water flowing from a rock – to attract tourists. When patients at the local mental hospital escape and mix with the townspeople and tourists, chaos ensues while J. Bowden Hapgood, a fake psychiatrist falls in love with Fay Apple, a nurse at the asylum who has disguised herself as a miracle verifier sent from Lourdes. 

The show features classic Sondheim numbers including ‘Me and My Town’, ‘Anyone Can Whistle’, ‘There Won’t be Trumpets’, ‘Everybody Says Don’t’ and ‘With So Little to Be Sure Of’.

One of Sondheim’s least-performed works – Anyone Can Whistle lasted only nine performances on Broadway in 1964. The original cast featured Angela Lansbury and Lee Remick. The Phil Willmott Company’s revival will be the first UK production in six years and follows the director’s sell-out, critically-acclaimed Union Theatre production of Sondheim’s Road Show last year.

Also among the creative team are  costume designer Penn O’Gara, Musical director Richard Baker, choreographer Holly Hughes and casting director Adam Braham.


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