Casting has been announced for the UK concept album of new musical For Tonight, produced by Blair Russell (Slave Play, immersive Off-Broadway Sweeney Todd).
An original, bilingual musical, For Tonight features a cast of West End musical performers, plus full Welsh ensemble. The recording will be released on all digital platforms in summer 2021. Music, book and lyrics are by Shenelle Salcido and Spencer Williams, with additional book by Whitney Rhodes.
For Tonight is based on Williams’s three-time great grandfather’s handwritten journal. The story begins in 1832, in a small town in northern Wales where a Roma family travels through and finds shelter on the farm of the Parry family.
Soon after their arrival, the Parry parents die from an unknown disease and the Roma are forced to go into hiding, after being blamed for bringing a curse to Trelawnyd. The story follows the three Parry children, Thomas, Haydon and Nettie, in the aftermath of their parents’ death.
Through a riveting score, the atmospheric soundscape blends traditional Welsh choral, indie-pop, folk, and Romani-inspired melodies and rhythms.
Cast is led by Simon Gordon (Girl From the North Country) as Haydon Parry, Amy Di Bartolomeo (We Will Rock You) as Mirela Kascht, Dale Evans (Kinky Boots) as Thomas Parry, Erin Caldwell (Unravelling,) as Henrietta (Nettie) Parry, Jade Davies (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) as Molly Llewellyn, Luke McCall (Les Misérables) as Winn Lewis, Jake Halsey-Jones (Hamilton) as Durriken Kascht, Soophia Foroughi (The Prince of Egypt) as Syeira Kascht, Glain Rhys as Anne Parry and John Ieuwan Jones as Joseph Parry.
Further cast includes Owen Jac as Young Thomas, Isaac Kreisky as Young Haydon and Alexis Wilson as Young Henrietta, as well as Jordan Allan, Eva Chelsea, Joey Cornish, Sam Ebenezer, Sion Emlyn, Michelle Beth Herman, Hannah Qureshi, Samantha Thomas and Mared Williams.
The concept album features orchestrations by Shenelle Salcido, additional arrangements by Joseph Purdue and Drew Wutke, audio production and mixing by Purdue, music ensemble direction by Iestyn Griffiths and Romani script consultancy by Raine Geoghegan.
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