Preview: Ushersl at Edinburgh Momentum Grand
Set in a West Endtheatre, the acclaimed hit new musical comes to Edinburgh! Following the lives of the stagiest people in theatre – the Front of House staff – and portraying the hilarious, ridiculous and frequently moving stories of ice cream sellers who dare to dream... A preview performance of a new jukebox musical (Oops! I Did It Again, The Britney Spears Musical), a three-year workplace romance on the rocks, an untrained newbie on her first shift and an amorous manager under pressure to cut costs. What could possibly go wrong?
“musical merrymaking poking fun at the world of musical theatre, but always with warmth and affection” (Gay Times)
USHERS: The Front of House Musical began life at the Hope Theatre, Islington, where the 5-star rave reviews and great audience response promoted it to the main show at Charing Cross Theatre, whereit now leaps to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Written by Yiannis Koutsakos (music and lyrics), James Oban
(lyrics) – both @Westendproducer Search for a Twitter Composer (#SFATC) finalists – and BBC comedy actor James Rottger (book), all of whom have ushering experience, the production is “energetic, G&T-fuelled satire, and chock full of in-jokes” (What’s On Stage). Now featuring a new cast, including numerous West End and No. 1 tour credits (as well as a Stephen Sondheim Award winner!).
“the perfect blend of funny, tragic and totally relatable” (Official Theatre)
The show has big, bold company numbers, Fosse-like
ice cream tray choreography and a script with heart, soul and a nice-bucket full of laughs – “everything a musical should be and more” (Everything Theatre)!
“a cheeky take on the life behind the scenes at a
West End theatre; a must see for even the most reluctant musical goer” (Everything Theatre)
Cast & Creatives:
Company Matthew Cundy Productions and Kouban Productions
Music, lyrics and book Yiannis Koutsakos, James Oban and James Rottger
Director Max Reynolds
Choreography Russell Smith
Musical Director James Cleeve
Cast: Ben Rory Maguire, Gary Ben Fenner, Stephen Cameron Sharp, Rosie Alexandra Parkes, Lucy Corrine Priest, Robin Harry Stone
USHERS: The Front of House Musical appears at Momentum Grand @ St Stephens, St Stephen's Centre, Saint Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AB from Wednesday 5th - Sunday 30th 2015, 9.30pm
Ticket Price £15 - £9
Running Time 80 mins
Box Office Momentum Venues (momentumvenues.com), 020 3432 0969
Edinburgh Fringe (tickets.edfringe.com ), 0131 226 0000
Links Website (ushersmusical.co.uk )
Website – Kouban Productions (koubanproductions.com)