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Author Topic: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022  (Read 12481 times)

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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #75 on: August 23, 2022, 08:14:48 pm »
Finally, today the cast was announced:
https://www.cft.org.uk/news/casting-announced-for-local-hero

The full cast has been announced for LOCAL HERO, running at the Minerva Theatre from 8 October – 19 November. Based on the Bill Forsyth film, with book by David Greig and music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straits), it will be directed by Chichester Artistic Director Daniel Evans.

The Tony Award-winning American actor Gabriel Ebert will make his UK stage debut as Mac, with Lillie Flynn (as Stella), Paul Higgins (as Gordon), Hilton McRae (as Ben), Jay Villiers (as Happer), and Rachael Kendall Brown, Rodney Earl Clarke, Ali Craig, Julie Cullen, Liz Ewing, Murray Fraser, Craig Hunter, Joshua Manning, Jackie Morrison and Betty Valencia.

Daniel Evans said: ‘I came to Local Hero innocently; the film having passed me by in my childhood. However, the minute I read David Greig’s warm, witty book and heard Mark Knopfler’s seductive folk score, I fell hook, line and sinker. I then watched Bill Forsyth’s extraordinary film and appreciated its resonance immediately. It’s a story for our time where communities and corporations collide. It asks us to readdress how we look at the world by interrogating what we value.’

Gabriel Ebert’s many Broadway and off-Broadway roles include Mr Wormwood in Matilda The Musical, for which he won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical; The Misanthrope, Pass Over (Lucille Lortel Award), 4000 Miles (Obie Award), Thérèse Raquin and the title role in Peer Gynt. His screen work includes Dickinson, News of the World, Mr Mercedes and The Mandalorian.

Lillie Flynn previously appeared at Chichester in Love Story; her many other musical credits include Sunny Afternoon and Wicked in the West End.

Paul Higgins’s extensive TV work includes The Ipcress Files, Line of Duty, The Thick of It and Utopia; his stage credits include the National Theatre of Scotland’s Caledonia and Black Watch, and Children of the Sun and The White Guard at the National Theatre.

Hilton McRae returns to Chichester where he last appeared in My One and Only which transferred to London; his innumerable West End theatre credits also include End of the Rainbow (for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award), 1984, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, and Timon of Athens at the National Theatre.

Jay Villiers’s previous Chichester credits include Quiz (also in the West End), Arcadia, The Admirable Crichton and Mansfield Park; his screen work includes Outlander and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #77 on: August 24, 2022, 08:41:56 am »
Interesting...

Daniel Evans doesn't say a thing about watching the Edinburgh performances so, if he didn't, only read the David Greig book, and the actors are all new, I guess this could be a kind of new and fresch approach to the musical.
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #78 on: August 24, 2022, 08:45:40 am »
Interesting...

Daniel Evans doesn't say a thing about watching the Edinburgh performances so, if he didn't, only read the David Greig book, and the actors are all new, I guess this could be a kind of new and fresch approach to the musical.

Interesting thought!
The same goes with the completely new cast. The new faces and voices will certainly bring a fresh approach, too.

But for Guy and Mark this means a lot more work. With the Edinburgh cast they wouldn't have half of the work they now have ahead of them.
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #79 on: August 24, 2022, 09:11:10 am »
Interesting...

Daniel Evans doesn't say a thing about watching the Edinburgh performances so, if he didn't, only read the David Greig book, and the actors are all new, I guess this could be a kind of new and fresch approach to the musical.

Interesting thought!
The same goes with the completely new cast. The new faces and voices will certainly bring a fresh approach, too.

But for Guy and Mark this means a lot more work. With the Edinburgh cast they wouldn't have half of the work they now have ahead of them.

Yes, I expected that the cast for London would had be the same than in Edinburgh, as Damien Humbley went to British Grove to record his voice on some songs, and Katrina Bryan said that 2020 would had been the year she went to London to perform at the Old Vic. I thought that maybe the main roles would be the same, and the rest of cast could be another actors, that makes it easier, but this is totally new and fresh cast.

Maybe Daniel Evans really watched, and forgot to mention, some of the Edinburgh representations, or at least one recorded one (there are piece of videos that appeared on news before the Edinburgh run started) for a similar approach, maybe sharing it with the cast so they have an idea, but if not, a fresh approach, a total fresc approach would be something valuable for this representations.

And I hope it is for good!

There is no mention to a band, I would ask Guy, but yes, a totally fresh approach would need intervention musically from both MK and Guy, probably mostly from Guy that is included as musical director.
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #80 on: August 24, 2022, 09:34:54 am »
Impressive to get a Tony winner as your lead, surely suggests it's heading for London?
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #81 on: August 24, 2022, 09:41:28 am »
Impressive to get a Tony winner as your lead, surely suggests it's heading for London?

The idea behind this Chichester run is revamp the musical to London, so I guess so!
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #82 on: August 24, 2022, 11:58:03 am »
Guy confirms there is going to be a live band:


Of course there will be a live band, all new players. It will be a 7 piece, as in Edinburgh.
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #83 on: August 24, 2022, 03:09:58 pm »
Guy: Some wonderful new updates too

Maybe a new song?

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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #84 on: August 31, 2022, 08:35:37 am »
First day of rehearsals yesterday. Set and costume presentation, movement session, music call and character work.

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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #85 on: August 31, 2022, 08:45:20 am »
I'm starting to feel nervous  :D :D :D :D
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #86 on: August 31, 2022, 09:08:37 am »
I'm starting to feel nervous  :D :D :D :D

Yes, this is what we have got left of an MK related live event.

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« Reply #87 on: August 31, 2022, 09:31:11 am »
I'm starting to feel nervous  :D :D :D :D

Yes, this is what we have got left of an MK related live event.

If at least he would be in any of them playing with the band, lol
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Re: Local Hero at Chichester FEstival, October and November 2022
« Reply #89 on: September 05, 2022, 06:42:36 pm »
Thanks jbaent :)

Good to see MK :)

It's a pity we can't hear what they're talking about.
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