Thursday, December 10

Ivano Turco cast as Prince Sebastian in ALW Cinderella

Andrew Lloyd Webber has just announced that newcomer Ivano Turco has been cast as Prince Sebastian in his new musical Cinderella which is scheduled to have its first preview on 30th April 2021 with an opening night on 19th May at the  Gillian Lynne Theatre  

Turco , a graduate of Urdang Academy in Islington,  will make his West End debut in the role.  He was due to appear in West Side Story at the Royal Exchange Manchester, but the run was cancelled due to the pandemic. He is  a Zimbabwe-born dancer who  went to his first audition back in July for an ensemble part. After getting through the first rounds, he performed in front of Lloyd Webber - who asked him to stay for further auditions and  was plucked from obscurity to play a lead role in the show.

Speaking about Turco, Lloyd Webber said: “I’m overjoyed to introduce Ivano Turco as our Prince Sebastian in Cinderella. I’m convinced audiences will fall in love with him, as we did. Straight out of college, Ivano initially came in to audition as a dancer but has a natural acting talent, a wonderful voice and an innate charm and warmth and from the day we met I just knew I’d found our Prince!

Also starring Carrie Hope Fletcher in the titular role and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as the Stepmother, Cinderella has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel and a book by Emerald Fennell.Cinderella will be directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by JoAnn Hunter. 

You can hear him sing the second track Only You, Lonely You – from the forthcoming album from the show.

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