Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ 1964 political satire is revived at Southwark Playhouse this Spring.
A rarely revived political satire about conformity and the ostracisation of those considered ‘other’ in society. This musical comedy opens at Southwark Playhouse this April starring Alex Young (Amalia Balash in ‘She Loves Me’ at Sheffield Crucible and Young Sally in ‘Follies’ at the National Theatre). She is joined by Chrystine Symone as Nurse Fay Apple and Jordan Broatch as J Bowden Hapgood.
Set in a fictional town where the government controls everything, even the miracles, this fast paced and off-the-wall musical is as hilarious as it is subversive.
Featuring a raft of 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.
Anyone Can Whistle is booking from 1 April 2022 until 7 May 2022 at Southwark Playhouse, London.
What is Anyone Can Whistle about?
A political allegory in musical comedy form that tells the story of 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 whilst 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.
Who is in the cast of Anyone Can Whistle?
The cast features Alex Young as Cora Hoover Hooper, Chrystine Symone as Nurse Fay Apple, Jordan Broatch as J Bowden Hapgood, Danny Lane as Comptroller Schub, Samuel Clifford as Treasurer Cooley, Renan Teodoro as Chief of Police Magrueder, Nathan Taylor as Dr Detmold, Kathryn Akin as Mrs Schroeder, Marisha Morgan as Baby Joan, Teddy Hinde as John, Hana Ichijo as June, Shane Convery as George and Jensen Tudtud as Martin.
Written by Arthur Laurent with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Georgie Rankcom, with musical direction by Natalie Pound, choreography by Lisa Stevens, orchestrations by Charlie Ingles, original orchestrations by Don Walker, set & costume design by Cory Shipp, lighting design by Alex Musgrave and assistant direction by Alex Conder.