Arlene Phillips to direct edgy new rock musical, 27

27 Arlene Phillips and Sam Cassidy

World-renowned director and choreographer, Arlene Phillips, is to direct the world premiere of 27, an intoxicating new British rock musical.

27 is a modern fable of our time, a dark interpretation of one of humanity’s oldest stories, written and co-directed by Sam Cassidy. 

27 will run from Thursday 8th September to Saturday 22nd October in a six-week season at London’s 170-seat Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone.

Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain, Morrison and Winehouse: all music legends whose lives were tragically cut short at 27. 

27, featuring 13 musical numbers and a cast of 15, is a shattering exploration of the fragility of life and the unwitting connections that bind us together. This rock musical with original lyrics and score serves up songs to die for and killer guitar riffs and will take you somewhere you probably didn’t think existed anymore.

Orpheus is a would-be rock star turned icon whose experiences of fame and notoriety lead him on a journey of unstoppable self-destruction. Another name for the list. At the tender age of 27. Another star, extinguished…

Arlene Phillips said ‘I love working on projects that shout out “we are different”. Working on the fringe of the arts, which I have been doing more of in these last couple of years, I find really exciting. 27 has a powerful and emotional message that evokes so many memories of not just Amy Winehouse but so many others who began with a prodigious talent that eventually destroys them. It is a musical that could connect to so many people of different ages. The musical appeals to me because it was written by a young writer, Sam Cassidy, who has the power in his music to take the audience from one moment of joy to instant tears of sorrow. Casting this show won’t be easy because we need true actors who are able to get into the depth of the roles, and like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sam writes music that is only possible for a few to sing, and of course, I want them to dance!’

Casting is to be announced.

27 is produced by Adam Pritchard, Sam Cassidy and Nick Eve on behalf of 27 Musical London Limited.

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