Todrick Hall to play Sean in Burlesque The Musical in Manchester and Glagow prior to West End run
It was announced today that Todrick Hall will play Sean and It’s a Sin star Michael Mather will play Jackson in Burlesque the Musical, the first ever stage adaptation of Steven Antin’s crowd-pleasing movie Burlesque, which starred Christina Aguilera.
Todrick and Michael join the already announced Jess Folley as Ali Rose, Olivier Award-winning George Maguire as Vince, Billie-Kay as Sophia, B Terry as Georgie, West End favourite and TikTok and social media sensation Jess Qualter as Daphne, Yasmin Harrison as Brenda/Dance Captain, Lily Wang as Fifi, Hollie-Ann Lowe as Summer and Alessia McDermott in the Ensemble.
Other cast members announced today are: Ope Sowande as Trey, Lewis Easter in the Ensemble, with Callum Aylott, Lucy Campbell and Amber Pierson as Swings.
Steven Antin said: ‘Todrick Hall’s kinda genius is singular. The kind you rarely see. His work is prolific and masterfully entertaining. The songs he wrote for the show are in a word…iconic. The role of Sean is an anchor/entertainer who has poetry and is wickedly funny. So it was abundantly clear we had to get Todrick to play Sean. And sometimes I dunno if I wanna kiss him or slap him. But I DO know I’m a very lucky guy to have him in our show. Very.‘
Todrick Hall, who has also written brand new songs for this new production of Burlesque the Musical added: “The movie of Burlesque was so iconic to so many of us — to now be working with both Steven Antin and Christina Aguilera who are reuniting for this new musical is a dream come true.
I am beyond excited to be returning to my first love, musical theatre, in such a special way. My first original role and my theatrical composing debut. To be able to bring music that I wrote to life, to share the stage and the writing credit with the star that is Jess Folley is a dream come true! I'm blessed, honoured, flattered and ready to dust off the old heels and let the kids have it 8 shows a week!”
With over 9 million followers across several social media platforms, Todrick is one of the most high profile and prolific storytellers in the world.
He has collaborated with superstars in every industry including: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, RuPaul, Chaka Khan, Brandy, Billy Porter, Gwen Stefani, Kristin Chenoweth, Jenifer Lewis, Nicole Scherzinger, Tyra Banks, Bob the Drag Queen, Monét X Change, Tiffany Haddish, Tiffany Pollard, Amber Riley, and Pentatonix.
Since his television show Todrick aired on MTV, he has been featured on a dozen more. He was in the original Broadway cast of two productions and starred in principal roles in three others.
Todrick has written, co-produced, and released seventeen studio albums. He directed, choreographed and headlined in eight world tours; and appeared in and co-executive produced Taylor Swift’s LGBTQ+ anthem You Need to Calm Down, for which he also won a Video Music Award.
He was last seen in the West End as Billy Flynn in Chicago the musical at the Phoenix Theatre in 2018.