Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sam Lupton & Carolyn Maitland to star in Starting Here, Starting Now; Richard Carson & Nicholas Corre cast in Closer Than Ever

Following their recently production of Kander & Ebb's The World Goes Round, Neil Eckersley Productions are producing back-to-back revivals of Maltby & Shire's revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever at The Pheasantry.

Starting Here, Starting Now will run between 18th and 20th April 2016. With musical direction by Kris Rawlinson, the cast will include Sam Lupton (Wicked), WEF Award winner Carolyn Maitland (Miss Saigon, pictured) and Kayleigh McKnight (Bend It Like Beckham).

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Grammy Award nominated revue, this brand new production explores the catalogue of emotions in romantic relationships from first kiss, to heartbreaking separation with a truly exhilarating sense of emotional urgency and spontaneity.

First produced at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1976, Starting Here, Starting Now opened off-Broadway in 1977, premièred in London in 1984 and was revised in 1993. Barbara Streisand made several songs from Starting Here, Starting Now famous, including 'Autumn', 'What About Today?' and 'Starting Here, Starting Now'.

Closer Than Ever will run between 25th and 27th April 2016. With musical direction by Nick Barstow the cast includes Wendy Carr (Princess Ida), Richard Carson (Miss Saigon), Emily Chesterton (Shout! The Mod Musical) and Nicholas Corre (Bar Mitzvah Boy).

In this Drama Desk, Outer Critics Cirlce and Off-Broadway Alliance Award winning companion to their hit revue Starting Here, Starting Now, Maltby & Shire follow their earlier songs of innocence with wise and witty songs of experience in an intimate, insightful tale of love, security, happiness and holding onto them in a crazy world.

Premièring in Massachusetts in 1989, Closer Than Ever soon opened Off-Broadway where it played for 300 performances. It returned to New York Off-Broadway in 2012 and last played London in 2014.

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