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The new Rufus Wainwright musical based on the 1977 film will have a book and direction by Ivo van Hove.

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More casting has been revealed for London's upcoming world premiere musical Opening Night, which will feature a score by Rufus Wainwright and a book by Ivo van Hove, who also is directing and conceived of the project. As previously announced, Sheridan Smith will lead the cast as Myrtle, with performances running March 6-July 27, 2024, at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End.

Newly announced to be joining Smith are Hadley Fraser as Manny, Shira Haas as Nancy, Nicola Hughes as Sarah, Amy Lennox as Dorothy, and John Marquez as David.

Based on John Cassavetes' 1977 film of the same name, the musical will follow Myrtle, a famous actor sent into turmoil after witnessing the sudden death of one of her fans while starring in a new Broadway play. The project is at least the second time van Hove has brought the movie to the stage, following an earlier non-musical iteration that played Toneelgroep Amsterdam, where van Hove is artistic director, in 2006; and NYC's Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008.

Like van Hove's earlier adaptation of the film, the musical production will feature set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld and costume design by An D'Huys. The production will also feature video design by Versweyveld and sound design by Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton. Wainwright is penning his own orchestrations, with Nigel Lilley handling music supervision and music direction. Movement and choreography will be by Polly Bennett. Casting is by Julia Horan.

Wessex Grove, Gavin Kalin Productions, and Playful Productions are producing.


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