HERE & NOW, the new musical was announced today, featuring the iconic music of UK pop band Steps with an original book by Shaun Kitchener. HERE & NOW will open at The Alexandra, Birmingham for a limited engagement from 9th to 24th November 2024. HERE & NOW is produced by the band and ROYO with Pete Waterman, and will be directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, with choreography by Olivier Award winning Matt Cole.
Full casting for the production is to be announced.
Welcome to seaside superstore Better Best Bargains, where it’s Friday night, the vibe is right, and everyone’s dancing in the aisles. But when Caz discovers the shelves are stocked with lies and betrayal, the summer of love she and her friends dreamed of suddenly feels like a tragedy. Have they all lost their chance of a ‘happy ever after’? Or does love have other plans in store…
The pop sensation Steps, consists of Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Ian H Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans and Lisa Scott. They are one of the UK’s most successful pop groups of all time, with 14 top five singles, 4 number one albums, 22 million record sales, 500 million streams and 11 sold-out national area tours. The bands hits include Tragedy/Heartbeat, Stomp and Chain Reaction which will feature in the musical alongside many more of their top hits. In 2022 Steps celebrated their 25th anniversary with a headline summer tour and released the number one album Platinum Collection which means they join ABBA, Rolling Stones and Stereophonics as the only groups in UK history to score number one albums in four consecutive decades.
Steps said, “We’ve been lucky to do many things together as a band, but the question we get asked again and again is ‘where is the Steps musical?’ Well…it’s finally here and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve searched for the perfect story for our music and we’ve found it in the aisle of a seaside superstore, where four friends set out on their own Summer of Love. It’s a story of friendship, romance and community; packed with our biggest hits and sure to have everybody laughing, crying and dancing in the aisles. We can’t wait to open the doors later this year, and see you there!”
Choreography is by Matt Cole, set design is by Tom Rogers, costume design is by Gabriella Slade, sound design by Adam Fisher with casting by Will Burton for Grindrod Burton Casting.