Renowned actress Sheridan Smith is set to take the West End stage by storm in the upcoming musical extravaganza, "Opening Night," set to premiere at the Gielgud Theatre on March 6, 2024. Directed by the acclaimed Ivo van Hove, this limited-run production promises a captivating theatrical experience.
Smith, a BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner celebrated for her versatility on both stage and screen, is no stranger to accolades. Widely praised for her portrayal of Cilla Black in the biographical drama series "Cilla" and earning an Olivier Award for her role in "Legally Blonde," Smith brings a wealth of talent to her character, Myrtle, in this highly anticipated musical.
In a statement, Smith expressed her excitement about collaborating with the musical genius Rufus Wainwright and the esteemed director Ivo van Hove. She remarked, "The chance to work with them was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be cast in this fantastic original musical."
"Opening Night," based on John Cassavetes' iconic 1971 film, delves into the behind-the-scenes drama of a theatre company preparing for a Broadway play. As tragedy strikes the leading lady, the production becomes a poignant exploration of resilience and self-determination in a world that often turns a deaf ear.
Directed and written by Ivo van Hove, with music and lyrics by Rufus Wainwright, the creative team, including set designer Jan Versweyveld and choreographer Polly Bennett, promises a visually stunning and emotionally resonant experience. Van Hove expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, "Opening Night not only gives us an insight into the trials and tribulations behind the scenes of the theatre, but it is also the heartbreaking story of a woman fighting for hope and self-determination." This musical promises to be a must-see event, showcasing the collaborative brilliance of its stellar cast and crew.