Acclaimed stage and screen director Andy Fickman (Heathers the Musical) announces return to the UK to helm new musical Halls.
Fickman is best-known for his work with She’s the Man, Parental Guidance, You Again and more, joined the show’s creative team after hearing opening number “Flat 15B”, which was performed by a star-studded West End cast during the UK’s first lockdown.
The director has been working closely with Jennifer Harrison and George Stroud developing Halls ahead of its London debut.
During the UK’s second national lockdown, Fickman gathered a star-studded cast for the first official read-through via Zoom, including Sophie Isaacs (Heathers, SIX), Olivia
Moore (Waitress), Grace Mouat (SIX, & Juliet), Millie O’Connell (Be More Chill, SIX), Felipe Pacheco (Frantic Assembly), Alex Tranter (& Juliet), Ivano Turco (Arts Ed 2020 graduate) and Layton Williams (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie).
Fickman said, “This is a show about hope, about starting a new chapter and having new opportunities. Halls celebrates both our differences and what unites us, and I believe it is a show that people will need to see after this crazy year. It is a story that will make people laugh and cry and I cannot wait to bring this new musical to the stage. Thank you so much to our incredible cast who helped us out today, we are so grateful to y’all.”
Writers Harrison and Stroud have shared that they are overwhelmed by the amount of support Halls has received so far and they feel “incredibly fortunate to be working with someone as established and talented as Andy. It is a dream come true for us. We have been very lucky to have been supported by amazing people ever since we started writing the show, and want to thank every single person who has helped us so far.”
Halls plans to make its London debut in 2021, with dates, venue and the rest of the creative team still to be announced.
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