Producers of hit musical The Choir of Man have announced casting, ahead of the show’s return to the West End in October 2022.
The show, which is created by Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay, written by Ben Norris and directed by Nic Doodson, comes back to the Arts Theatre on 1 October 2022.
The company includes actors, musicians, and instrumentalists, including Michael Baxter (Les Misérables, Gypsy) as ‘The Maestro’, Ben Norris (writer and original cast of The Choir of Man) as ‘The Poet’, Levi Tyrell-Johnson as ‘The Hardman’, Owen Bolton as ‘The Beast’, Jordan Oliver (The Choir of Man West End, Netherlands, Australia and Korea) as ‘The Handyman’, Lemuel Knights (The Voice UK finalist) as ‘The Barman’, Matt Beveridge (Titanic) as ‘The Romantic’, ‘Matt Nalton (Jersey Boys, Beautiful ) as ‘The Pub Bore’ and Matt Thorpe (Jersey Boys, We Will Rock You) as ‘The Joker’.
Completing the company are Mark Irwin (The Commitments), Sam Ebenezer(The Mousetrap), Gavin Ryan(West Side Story) and Lucas Koch (Million Dollar Quartet).
The Choir of Man is an uplifting celebration of community and friendship, promising 90 minutes of feel-good, foot-stomping entertainment. Songs and music included in the night are from artists including Queen, Luther Vandross, Sia, Paul Simon, Adele, Guns & Roses, Avicii and Katy Perry.
An international hit around the world, the show’s last run at the Arts Theatre was from October 2021 to April 2022 where it received an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play.
Writer Ben Norris said: “I’m delighted that The Choir of Man is returning to the West End, and I’m delighted to be returning with it! Watching this show grow from the charmingly ramshackle Edinburgh Fringe gamble it started life as 5 years ago, into the Olivier-nominated cult hit it has become has been one of the greatest privileges and surprises of my career so far, and one of the greatest joys. The show is so unapologetically feel-good that whatever kind of mood you arrive in at the theatre, it’s impossible not to leave with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. And that goes for the cast as well as the audience!”
The wider creative team includes musical supervision, vocal arrangements and orchestrations by Jack Blume, movement direction and choreography by Freddie Huddleston, monologues written by Ben Norris, scenic design by Oli Townsend, lighting design by Richard Dinnen, costume design and associate scenic design by Verity Sadler, sound design by Sten Severson, casting by Debbie O’Brien. Hollie Cassar serves as musical director and associate musical supervisor, and Rachel Chapman serves as associate choreographer.