A new pop-rock musical has had its first workshop in London.
Starry is a new show based on letters between legendary artist Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo, written by Matt Dahan, with a book by Kelly D’Angelo.
The workshop runs until 8 April, and West End producers and venue owners are getting the chance to watch the workshop with a view to bringing the show in to the West End in 2023.
The cast of the workshop includes Jamie Muscato (Heathers The Musical) as Vincent, Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin) as Theo, and Aaron Teoh (But, I’m a Cheerleader) as Toulouse Lautrec. Also in the cast are Maiya Quansah Breed as Jo Bonger, Reggie Mccarthy as Emile Bernard, and Adrian Hansel as Paul Gaugin.
The workshop is directed by Dean Johnson, with choreography by Nileeka Bose, musical director Jordan Li-Smith, designer Simon Kenny, video and projection designer George Reeve, casting director Sarah Jane Price, stage manager Nick Egan, and graphic designer Christopher D. Clegg. The workshop is produced by Ameena Hamid.
The story of the two brothers was told in a film version in Robert Altman’s 1990 movie Vincent & Theo, starring Tim Roth and Paul Rhys;
The show has been in development since early 2017, and has had a number of concerts at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York, and a workshop at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles. There is also a concept album for the show.