Further casting has been announced for new life-affirming British musical The Rhythmics. The production receives its premiere at Southwark Playhouse from 2 December 2021 to 8 January 2022.
Joining the previously announced Noel Sullivan (School of Rock) as Grey, and Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos as Silva, is Ken Christiansen (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) as Nick, Kinny Gardner (Godspell) as Sid, Rebecca Hayes (A Christmas Carol) as Robin, Andrew Patrick-Walker (Jerry Springer – The Opera) as Jeremy, Joshua Steel (Aladdin) as Connor and Phil Snowden (Bridgerton) as Dennis.
The full production features BSL integrated choreography from Deaf men Dancing’s Mark Smith, as well as captions throughout all performances, to make the show accessible for D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
With book and lyrics by P Burton-Morgan, and music and lyrics from Ben Glasstone (Reanimator), The Rhythmics explores the crisis of masculinity via a collection of oddballs belting their way through a thrillingly catchy guitar-led score.
Hapless single-dad Grey is in a rut. Teenage daughter Silva packs him off to revive his rockstar dreams, successfully auditioning for Nick & the Rhythmics only to realise he’s actually signed up for an All-male Rhythmic Gymnastics troupe.
Against the odds these burly blokes make it as far as the World Championships – twirling their “ribbons of fire”, and along the way Grey finally learns to commit to life.
The production is directed by P Burton-Morgan, with choreography by Mark Smith, with Ellie Verkerk as musical supervisor, Erika Gundesen as musical director, James Nicholson as sound designer, Francine Huin-Wah as costume designer, Jane Deitch as casting director, and Will Reynolds as set and lighting designer.
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