The full casting has been announced for the international music and theatre hit The Choir of Man returning to the Arts Theatre on 1 October 2022, with an opening night scheduled for 13 October.
The show was running at the Arts Theatre from October 2021 to April 2022 and received an Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment.
The Choir of Man comes from the creative minds of Andrew Kay – Noise Boys, Soweto Gospel Choir, Gobsmacked, and the award-winning North by Northwest, and Nic Doodson – Gobsmacked, The Magnets and Noise Boys.
Monologues are signed by Ben Norris, orchestration by Jack Blume, choreography by Freddie Huddleston, light design by Richard Dinnen, scene design by Oli Townsend, costume design by Verity Sadler, sound design by Sten Severson, and casting by Debbie O'Brien. Associate Musical Director is Hollie Cassar and Associate Choreographer is Rachel Chapman.
The show is a celebration of communal bonds and features pub tunes, rock, folk, and choral, combining live music, high-energy dance, and foot stomping choreography with the amazing talent of 9 everyday guys who perform songs by Avicii, Sia, Adele, Paul Simon, Guns ‘N’ Roses and many more.
The cast is a mixture of actors, musicians, and instrumentalists and includes Michael Baxter as The Maestro, Matt Beveridge as The Romantic, Owen Bolton as The Beast, Lemuel Knights as The Barman, Matt Nalton as The Bore, Ben Norris as The Poet, Jordan Oliver as The Handyman, Matt Thorpe as The Joker and Levi Tyrell-Johnson as The Hardman.
Sam Ebenezer (The Mousetrap), Mark Irwin (The Commitments), Gavin Ryan (West Side Story), and Lucas Koch (Million Dollar Quartet) are completing the cast.
The writer and the original cast member Ben Norris said:
"As a male voice choir, we wanted to make a show that brings joy to people. Above all, we wanted to make a show that puts an arm around people, of all genders, and invites them to either forget their troubles for an evening or to share them. Sometimes it’s literally life-saving."
“The show is so unapologetically feel-good that whatever kind of mood you arrive in at the theatre, it's impossible not to leave with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. And that goes for the cast as well as the audience!”
Following its West End debut, the show will return to the US for a tour including Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, and many other cities.