Initial casting has been announced for the upcoming world premiere of The Osmonds: A New Musical. The production is set to embark on a UK and Ireland tour after its premiere at Curve, Leicester in February 2022.
Cast so far includes Ryan Anderson as Merrill Osmond, Jamie Chatterton as Alan Osmond, Alex Lodge as Jay Osmond, Danny Nattrass as Wayne Osmond and Joseph Peacock as Donny Osmond.
The new musical features a story by Jay Osmond, and tells the true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits, decade after decade.
From their star residency on The Andy Williams Show from 1962 to 1969, to pop stars and ‘Osmondmania’ from 1971 to 1975, to the arrival of The Donny & Marie Show, a popular variety TV show, from 1976 to 1979, The Osmonds lived a remarkable life recording chart-topping albums, selling out vast arena concerts and making record-breaking TV shows – until one bad decision cost them everything.
Ryan Anderson most recently starred in Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin at Charing Cross Theatre; Jamie Chatterton makes his professional debut having graduated from Arts Ed this year; Alex Lodge played the role of Jay Osmond throughout the development workshops for the musical; Danny Nattrass most recently appeared in Laurence Connor’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Palladium; and Joseph Peacock starred in Sting’s The Last Ship (US Tour).
The musical features a list of 1970s anthems, including “One Bad Apple”, “Down by the Lazy River”, “Crazy Horses”, “Let Me In”, “Love Me for a Reason”, “(We’re) Having a Party”, “Puppy Love”, “Long Haired Lover From Liverpool”, “Paper Roses” and many more.
The Osmonds: A New Musical has a story by Jay Osmond and book by Julian Bigg and Shaun Kerrison, and will be directed by Kerrison, with choreography and musical staging by Bill Deamer, set and costume design by Lucy Osborne, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Dan Samson.
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