Oliver Ormson and full cast announced for the UK première of HIGH FIDELITY A MUSICAL
Full casting has been announced for The Turbine Theatre’s first musical production, High Fidelity. Leading the ensemble is musical theatre start Oliver Ormson as vinyl shop owner, Rob. The rest of the cast will include Carl Au (Dick), Robbie Durham (Barry), Rosie Fletcher (Anna), Joshua Dever (Neil Young/Bruce Springsteen), Shanay Holmes (Laura), Eleanor Kane (Marie), Jessica Lee (Ensemble), Bobbie Little (Liz), Lauran Rae (Ensemble) and Robert Tripolino(Ian)
The UK premiere of the irresistible new musical comedy High Fidelity, based on the acclaimed British novel by Nick Hornby (State Of The Union/About A Boy/Fever Pitch), is the second production in Paul Taylor-Mills’ inaugural season at The Turbine Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Tom Jackson Greaves, the first musical to open at the new Battersea Power Station based theatre, runs from 21 October – 7 December, with press night on Friday 1 November 2019.
Rob is the thirty-something owner of a London record shop who’s mastered the art of finding rare vinyl and losing girlfriends. Laura just dumped him, and Rob is totally moving on. Hopefully. Well, there’s a chance it could still work out!
Could Laura actually be “the one?” Might this turn out to be one of the Top 5 Most Romantic Comebacks Ever?!
High Fidelity has designs by David Shields, sound by Dan Samson, lighting by Andrew Exeter, and casting by Will Burton CDG. Helen Siveter will be the Associate Director.
High Fidelity is the second production to run at the newly opened Turbine Theatre, and follows the theatre’s critically acclaimed debut production of Harvey Fierstein’s groundbreaking play, Torch Song. The production is directed by the Olivier Award winning director/choreographer, Drew McOnie, stars Matthew Needham, Daisy Boulton, Dino Fetscher, Jay Lycurgo, Rish Shah and Bernice Stegers, and runs until 13 October 2019.
Carl Au’s (Dick) stage credits include: Cilla (UK Tour); Ostrich Boys (Belgrade Theatre); Jersey Boys (Prince Edward Theatre); Bright Phoenix (Liverpool Everyman); A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep) and Bells are Ringing (Union Theatre). Carl’s screen credits include: Waterloo Road (BBC); Doctors (BBC) and The Lost Sitcoms – Till Death Do Us Part (BBC).
Robbie Durham’s (Barry) stage credits include: Nashville Live (UK Tour); Million Dollar Quartet (UK and International Tours); Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre); Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre); Hoods (Arts Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); The Confession Room (Landor Theatre) and Dreamboats and Petticoats (Wyndham’s Theatre & UK Tour).
Rosie Fletcher’s (Anna) stage credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (The Barbican); Hadestown (National Theatre); Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory); Fiddler on the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Crucible); Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Tonight's The Night (UK Tour).
Joshua Dever’s (Neil Young/Bruce Springsteen) stage credits include: New Jersey Nights (Australian Tour); The Twelve Tenors (China Tour) and New Jersey Nights (UK Tour).
Shanay Holmes’ (Laura) stage credits include: The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory); Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Kilworth House); The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Rent (20th Anniversary Production Ltd); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre); Motown Magic (UK Tour); Dream Girls (Fairfield Halls) and A Chorus Line, The Best Little White House In Texas and Grease (Theatre on the Hill).
Eleanor Kane’s (Marie) stage credits include: Billionaire Boy (Nuffield Southampton Theatre) and Fun Home (The Young Vic).
Jessica Lee’s (Ensemble) stage credits include: Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre).
Bobbie Little’s (Liz) stage credits include: Guys And Dolls (Theatre Marigny); Kiss Me Kate (Sheffield Theatres); Little Shop Of Horrors (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre); Rent (UK Tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Carrie (Southwark Playhouse). Bobbie’ screen credits include: Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool.
Oliver Ormson’s (Rob) stage credits include: Cats (Kilworth House Theatre); The Addams Family (National and International Tours); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); Sopranos vs Tenors (European Tour);and Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre). Oliver’s screen credits include: West Side Story (Reef Television/BBC Symphony Orchestra).
Lauran Rae’s (Ensemble) stage credits include: Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Ghost (Asian Tour); Carmen (English Theatre Frankfurt); Hairspray (Gordon Craig Theatre/Hong Kong); Bare (Greenwich Theatre).
Robert Tripolino’s(Ian) stage credits include: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (The Barbican and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Rags (Hope Mill Theatre) and Snow White (Wycombe Swan).
Tom Jackson Greaves was a winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award in 2012, the Marion North Mentorship Award in 2015 and is an associate artist of The Watermill. Work as director includes The Neon Shadow(The Joy Club); Run For Your Life (Kneehigh); Neptunalia (Cscape Dance Company); Seven Deadly Sins (UK Tour) and Vanity Fowl (Sadler’s Wells). Work as choreographer/movement director includesKing John(Royal Shakespeare Company); Priscilla Queen of the Desert(UK Tour); The Audience(Nuffield Southampton Theatres); Amélie(Watermill Theatre/UK Tour); Blue Door (Ustinov Studio Bath); Macbeth, Sweet Charity, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Borrowers, Romeo and Juliet(Watermill Theatre); Billionaire Boy (Nuffield Southampton Theatres/UK Tour); Paint Your Wagon, Fiddler On The Roof, Conquest Of The South Pole (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse);Zog the Dragon, The Dancing Frog (Kneehigh); Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Manchester. Broadway World Best Choreograpy Award); Teddy (Watermill Theatre/The Vaults/UK Tour); Boudica, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Life (Southwark Playhouse); Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal & Derngate); Frankenstein (Wilton’s Music Hall); The Ostrich Boys (Coventry Belgrade); So Here We Are (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Glass Menagerie (Headlong); When We Were Women (Orange Tree Theatre); The Crocodile (MIF); LIFT (Soho Theatre) and music videos and live performances for C. Duncan, Boy George and Clare Maguire. Work as assistant choreographer includes Wise Children (Wise Children) and UBU Karaoke (Kneehigh).
David Lindsay-Abaire is an American playwright, lyricist and screenwriter. He was most recently nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on Shrek The Musical: Best Book of a Musical and Best Score. His work includes Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High Fidelity and A Devil Inside. David was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award for America's most promising musical theatre lyricist and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC. Rabbit Hole also received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and the Spirit of America Award and was subsequently turned into a film, starring Nicole Kidman.
Tom Kitt is a conductor, musician and composer. Kitt received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. Other composing credits include: If/Then; Bring it On, The Musical; Disney's Freaky Friday; and The Winter's Tale, All's Well That Ends Well, and Cymbeline (The Public's NYSF). Tom is the music supervisor for the new NBC drama, Rise, and was responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Grease Live! and Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway. His work with Green Day also includes additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their album trilogy, Uno! Dos! Tre! Tom received an Emmy Award as co-writer (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the 2013 Tony Award opening number, Bigger. Other television songwriting credits include Royal Pains, Penny Dreadful, and Sesame Street. As an arranger and orchestrator, credits include all three Pitch Perfect films, 2Cellos featuring Lang Lang (Live and Let Die), The Kennedy Center Honors, Everyday Rapture, Laugh Whore, Pippin (Deaf West), and These Paper Bullets.
Amanda Green is a Tony-nominated lyricist and composer. Her Broadway credits include: On The Twentieth Century (Additional Lyrics) starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher; Hands On A Hardbody (Lyrics, Co-Composer) working with guitarist Trey Anastasio and Doug Wright (Tony Award Nomination for Best Score, 2 Drama Desk Award Nominations for Music & Lyrics, Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Best Score); Bring It On (Co-Lyricist) working with Lin Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, and Jeff Whitty (Tony Award Nomination for Best Musical, Drama Desk Nomination for Lyrics); High Fidelity (Lyrics) working with Tom Kitt and David Lindsay-Abaire. Amanda is the first woman to win the Frederic Loewe Award for Outstanding Composition from the Dramatists Guild. Amanda’s TV credits include Peter Pan Live (NBC; Additional Lyrics) starring Christopher Walken and Allison Williams; The Kennedy Center Honors 2014 (CBS; Special Lyrics) for the Tom Hanks Tribute; The Wonder Pets (Nick, Jr). Amanda writes songs with and for Trey Anastasio for his bands PHISH and TAB. Also a performer, she and Broadway friends perform her songs at nightclubs and theaters around the city (Birdland, 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Second Stage Theater, etc.) and she is the winner of two MAC Awards. Other awards: Jonathan Larson Award from the American Theater Wing, Abe Olman Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Nick Hornby is a British novelist, screenwriter, and essayist known for his sharply comedic, pop-culture-drenched depictions of dissatisfied adulthood as well as for his music and literary criticism. Nick’s first book was a collection of critical essays on American writers, entitled Contemporary American Fiction. His first non-fiction, the hugely popular Fever Pitch, an autobiographical account of his life as an obsessive supporter of English football club Arsenal, was adapted to film in 1997 and again in 2005 starring Drew Barrymore. Nick’s first work of fiction, High Fidelity, released in 1995 garnered critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. High Fidelity was adapted to film in 2000 and later to stage in 2006. Nick’s second novel, About A Boy, released in 1998, was also adapted into the much-loved film in 2002 starring Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette, as well as for TV in 2014. His other novels include How To Be Good, A Long Way Down, and Juliet, Naked. Nick is also the author of Slam, which is vintage Hornby for teenagers.
Nick wrote the screenplay for the 2009 film An Education, based on a Granta Magazine essay by British Journalist Lynn Barber, for which Nick received an Oscar nomination. He also wrote the screenplays for Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s inspirational memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and Brooklyn, an adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel about the romantic entanglements of a young Irish immigrant to the United States. His work on the latter film earned him his second Oscar nomination.
The TV series Love, Nina was adapted by Nick for television based on Nina Stibbe’s epistolary memoir. Most recently Nick wrote State Of The Union, about a married couple in counselling, starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd. The series features 10-minute episodes on BBC Two.
Paul Taylor-Mills is the Artistic Director of The Turbine Theatre at The Battersea Power Station, London. He is Advisory Producer to Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Really Useful Group and former Artistic Director of The Other Palace Theatre, London.
Recent credits include: Heathers The Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Other Palace (winner of the WhatsOnStage Best New Musical Award), Murder For Two at the Watermill Theatre and The Other Palace, The Wild Party at The Other Palace, European Premiere of Disney’s Peter and the Starcatcher at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Side Show at Southwark Playhouse, The Last Five Years at the St. James Theatre (winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Production) End of The Rainbow on UK Tour, In The Heights at Kings Cross Theatre and Southwark Playhouse (winner of three Olivier Awards), Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse, Carrie The Musical at Southwark Playhouse (winner of The WhatsOnStage Off West End Award), and Associate Producer on The Importance Of Being Earnest starring David Suchet on UK Tour and the Vaudeville Theatre.