Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Debbie Kurup, Krysten Cummings & Damien Flood to star in Seasons of Larson

It has been announced that Debbie Kurup, Krysten Cummings and Damien Flood will star in Seasons of Larson, a one-night-only concert celebrating the life and music of legendary Broadway composer Jonathan Larson. 

The show will take place on Monday 25th January 2016 at the West End's Lyric Theatre. Kurup, Cummings and Flood have all starred in Larson's iconic musical RENT and will reflect on their memories of the musical at the concert. Seasons of Larson will feature Larson's most famous songs as well as lesser known numbers.

Kurup played Mimi in RENT in the West End and on the musical's UK tour. Her theatre credits include playing Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible/UK tour), Nicki Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi) and Velmi Kelly in Chicago (Adelphi).

Cummings played Mimi in RENT on Broadway and went on to originate the role in the Canadian and West End productions. Cummings was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in London.

Flood played Roger in RENT in the West End and on the musical's UK tour. Flood's singing career has seen him work alongside Tom Jones and Professor Green. He has performed in concert at The Royal Albert Hall, and regularly performs at legendary jazz venue The 606 Club. His debut album is named Lucky 7.

Further casting will be announced in January.

On the day of the first preview of RENT off-Broadway on 25th January 1996, the musical's composer Jonathan Larson died unexpectedly at the age of 35. Tragically he would never live to see the impact his work would have, not only on the face of musical theatre but also on a generation of young artists and performers. Nor would he get to hold the numerous awards he posthumously received. 

20 years to the day, Seasons of Larson will explore how Larson become a voice for a new generation on the stage, and celebrate his musical legacy that continues to resonate with people all over the world.

Jonathan Larson is best known for his rock musical RENT, for which he posthumously received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical. RENT played on Broadway for 12 years, making it the 10th longest running show in Broadway history, and has since received productions all over the world. His earlier works include Superbia and tick, tick... BOOM!.

The show is directed by Hannah Chissick and produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James.

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