World Premiere of Sleepless the Musical Casts Its Leads | Playbill

News World Premiere of Sleepless the Musical Casts Its Leads Performances will begin in the U.K. in April.
Carley Stenson
Initial casting has been announced for the world premiere of Sleepless the Musical, which is based on the TriStar Pictures Inc. film Sleepless in Seattle, and will make its debut April 1-15, 2017, at Theatre Royal Plymouth, in the U.K. That limited engagement will be followed by a week at The Lowry, Salford (April 25-29) and a stint at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (May 2-13), prior to a West End run.

The cast will be led by Danny Mac and Carley Stenson, who will be playing the roles of Sam and Annie. They will be joined by Jennie Dale as Becky and Cory English as Rob. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Sleepless the Musical has a book by Michael Burdett, music by Robert Scott, and lyrics by Brendan Cull. The musical, according to press notes, “tells the heart-warming tale of Sam, who moves to Seattle with his eight year-old son, Jonah, following the tragic death of his wife. When Jonah phones a radio show, Sam is forced to talk about his broken heart and sleepless nights live on air, and he suddenly finds himself one of the most sought after single men in America and a great news story for feisty journalist Annie on the opposite side of the country. A fresh and lively book alongside a brand-new musical score bring this most timeless of romantic comedies to life on stage.”

Danny Mac is best known for playing the role of Mark “Dodger” Savage in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. He was given his first professional role as Gavroche in Cameron Mackintosh's touring production of Les Misérables, a role he reprised in London's West End at the Palace Theatre in 1999. After graduating from drama school, he went straight into Wicked at the Apollo Victoria. Most recently, he played Warner in Legally Blonde at the Leicester Curve.

Carley Stenson played the role of Steph Cunningham in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks for 10 years. West End credits include starring as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical, and Lady of the Lake in Spamalot.

Sleepless will be directed by Morgan Young (Elf, White Christmas, Big), with set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Sue Simmerling, lighting by Tim Lutkin, video design by Ian William Galloway, sound design by Avgoustos Psillas and Terry Jardine for Autograph, orchestrations and musical supervision by Larry Blank, wig and hair design by Richard Mawbey, and casting by Sarah Bird CDG.

The world premiere of Sleepless is a Theatre Royal Plymouth production presented by Michael Rose and David Shor, in association with Marc Toberoff and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.

A different musical version of the film, entitled Sleepless in Seattle — The Musical, debuted at the Pasadena Playhouse in spring 2013. That musical adaptation featured a script by Jeff Arch, who co-wrote the original screenplay with Nora Ephron and David S. Ward, and a score by Ben Toth and Sam Forman. The show was directed by Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Playhouse. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan starred in the original film.

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