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Anyone Can Whistle cast revealed

Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents' Anyone Can Whistle opens this April at the Southwark Playhouse in London. The cast is headed up by Alex Young as Cora Hoover Hooper, the morally bankrupt Mayoress of an actually bankrupt American township, with Chrystine Symone and Jordan Broatch announced as Nurse Fay

and Hapgood:

Alex Young: Cora Hoover Hooper

Chrystine Symone: Nurse Fay Apple

Jordan Broatch: J Bowden Hapgood

Danny Lane: Comptroller Schub

Samuel Clifford: Treasurer Cooley

Renan Teodoro: Chief Magrueder

Nathan Taylor: Dr Detmold

Kathryn Akin: Mrs Schroeder

Marisha Morgan: Baby Joan

Teddy Hinde: John

Hana Ichijo: June

Shane Convery: George

Jensen Tudtud: Martin

This 1964 political satire divided audiences on its all-too-brief release in 1964, when it infamously ran for just 12 previews and nine performances.

According to the Southwark Playhouse: "The musical is a political satire about conformity and the ostracisation of those considered ‘other’ in society. Set in a fictional town where the government controls everything, even the miracles, this fast paced and off-the-wall musical is as hilarious as it is subversive."

Matthew Rankcom, who will direct, says of the show: "Anyone Can Whistle may have been an early flop for Sondheim but, in looking at it for a contemporary audience, it feels current and daring in its treatment of gender norms and political corruption. There's a reason this story has endured, and by embracing the joy and diversity of this incredible cast, I think audiences will be surprised at how much this show speaks to our 21st century society."

Anyone Can Whistle

Southwark Playhouse

Previews: 1 April 2022

Press night: 5 April 2022

Matthew Rankcom: Director

Natalie Pound: Musical Director

Lisa Stevens: Choreographer

Charlie Ingles: Orchestrator

Cory Shipp: Set & Costumer Designer

Alex Musgrave: Lighting Designer

Alex Conder: Assistant Director

Musicrics by Stephen SondheimMusic & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents, Orchestrations by Don Walker, Book by Arthur Laurents, Orchestrations by Don WalkerMusic & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents, Orchestrations by Don Walker


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