Casting has been announced for the previously reported concert stagings of Glory Ride, a new musical based on a true story from World War II that will be presented November 14-16 at London's The Other Palace.
Featuring music, lyrics, and a book by the daughter and father team
Victoria and Todd Buchholz, the three performances will be directed by
The cast will be led by James Darch (Mamma Mia!) as Gino Bartali, Daisy Wood-Davis (Beautiful –The Carole King Musical) as Adriana, Ricardo Afonso (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Dalla Costa, Neil McDermott (Shrek The Musical) as Major Mario Carita, and Matt Blaker (The Phantom of the Opera) as Nico.
The company will also include Tim Rogers (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Graziani, Adrianna Bertola (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Giulio, Pippa Winslow (Strangers on a Train) as Rosetta, Mark Turnbull (Rocky Horror Picture Show) as Torello, Marcus Harman (Dear Evan Hansen) as Felix, Tom Mussell (Footloose) as Fantali, Alex James Ellison (Fiver) as Cosmo, and Yuki Sutton (Ride) as Lorenzo, with Olivia Brookes (Pretty Woman) and Leeroy Boone (Phantom of the Opera) in the ensemble.
Glory Ride explores how a cyclist, an accountant, and the Cardinal of Tuscany joined forces for a remarkable rescue operation. The new musical reveals the untold tale of an Italian Tour de France winner who used his fame and his bicycle to save hundreds of children from Mussolini’s fascists.
Co-writer Victoria Buchholz said, “We call it Les Miz meets Ocean’s Eleven…This fascinating story could rewrite how the world remembers the Italian Resistance during World War II.”
The concerts will also have musical direction by Greg Jarrett, video
design by PJ McEvoy, sound design by Keegan Curran, and lighting design
and production management by Dickson Cossar. Casting is by Harry Blumenau.