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December 19 2013 Latest news:
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One of the most ambitious productions from the West Yorkshire Playhouse heads to the West End
The latest pop-rock musical developed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse is to open in the West End. Loserville, a musical about high school misfits, transfers to the Garrick Theatre this month. The transfer marks the end of a good spring-summer season for the playhouse with three of its productions going on to London.
The all-black cast of Waiting for Godot produced in partnership with Talawa Theatre Company in January, sold-out a weeks run at The Albany and Mary Shelley, co-produced with Shared Experience and Nottingham Playhouse, ended a UK-wide tour at Tricycle Theatre in north west London.
Loserville is co-written by James Bourne, a former member of the pop group Busted and is partly based on songs by Sons of Dork, the band formed by James Bourne after Busted spilt in 2005. He has written four number one hit songs, had numerous top three singles and as a band member played to sold out arenas across the UK. He has won two Brit Awards and has written for numerous artists including McFly, The Saturdays, Jonas Brothers and Pixie Lott.
We are thrilled that Loserville, one of our most ambitious projects, transfers to the West End, joining a long list of productions created and built here at the playhouse that go on to have a life outside of Leeds, said Sheena Wrigley, the playhouses chief executive.
We are delighted that a wider audience will have the opportunity to see this energetic, bright and lively production of a new British musical which premiered here in Yorkshire.
James Bourne co-wrote the musical with Elliot Davis. it was developed at the playhouse by a team which included Tony-award winner Martin Lowe as well as the choreographer for the musical Annie, Nick Winston.
The West End production reunites the original Leeds cast including Aaron Sidwell, Eliza Hope Bennett and Lil Chris with Stewart Clarke taking over the role of Eddie from Gareth Gates.
Loserville is set in 1971. Computer geek Michael Dork and his misfit-friends Lucas, Marvin and Francis are about to change the world. Its just that no one knows it yet.
When new girl Holly arrives in town, Michaels dreams seem to be coming true at last a girl with looks and brains that actually notices him.
West Yorkshire Playhouse has a long history of nurturing and developing new musical theatre.
Among its most recent original musicals to have won acclaim and transferred to the West End are The Go-Between which was nominated for a Whatsonstage Award, Bad Girls, Bat Boy and Spend! Spend! Spend!
Loserville is to be produced in London by Kevin Wallace Limited, TC Beech Limited, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Youth Music Theatre UK. n