Benjamin Walker, More Complete Cast of Rufus Wainwright-Ivo Van Hove Musical Opening Night | Playbill

International News Benjamin Walker, More Complete Cast of Rufus Wainwright-Ivo Van Hove Musical Opening Night

Sheridan Smith is leading the cast of the new stage work based on John Cassavetes' 1977 film.

Benjamin Walker

Upcoming West End musical Opening Night has found its complete cast. Directed and conceived by Ivo van Hove, the work features a score by Rufus Wainwright and a book by van Hove. The production will play the Gielgud Theatre beginning March 6 and continue through July 27. Opening Night's opening night hasn't yet been announced.

Joining the previously announced Sheridan Smith, Hadley Fraser, Shira Haas, Nicola Hughes, Amy Lennox, and John Marquez in the cast are Benjamin Walker (American Psycho) as Maurice, Rebecca Thornhill (Matilda) as Kelly, Cilla Silvia (Pretty Woman) as Carla, Ian McLarnon (Passion) as Leo, and Jos Slovick (Brief Encounter) as Gus. Rounding out the company will be Robert Finlayson, Daniel Forrester, Jennifer Hepburn, Issy Khogali, and Chrissie Perkins.

Based on John Cassavetes' 1977 film of the same name, the musical will follow Myrtle (Smith), a famous actor sent into turmoil after witnessing the sudden death of one of her fans while starring in a new Broadway play. The project is at least the second time van Hove has brought the movie to the stage, following an earlier non-musical iteration that played Toneelgroep Amsterdam, where van Hove is artistic director, in 2006; and NYC's Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008.

Like van Hove's earlier adaptation of the film, the musical production will feature set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld and costume design by An D'Huys. The production will also feature video design by Versweyveld and sound design by Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton. Wainwright is penning his own orchestrations, with Nigel Lilley handling music supervision and music direction. Movement and choreography will be by Polly Bennett. Casting is by Julia Horan.

Wessex Grove, Gavin Kalin Productions, and Playful Productions are producing.


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