Photos: Get a 1st Look at West End Ivo van Hove Musical Opening Night | Playbill

Production Photos Photos: Get a 1st Look at West End Ivo van Hove Musical Opening Night

Sheridan Smith is leading the cast of the new stage musical based on John Cassavetes' 1977 film.

Sheridan Smith Jan Versweyveld

A new stage musical adaptation of John Cassavetes' 1977 film Opening Night is currently making its world premiere in London's West End at the Gielgud Theatre, where previews began March 6. Directed and conceived by Ivo van Hove, the work features a score by Rufus Wainwright and a book by van Hove. Get a first look at the show ahead of its March 26 opening night with newly released production shots below. The run will continue through July 27.

Sheridan Smith leads the cast as Myrtle, opposite Nicola Hughes as Sarah, Benjamin Walker as Maurice, Amy Lennox as Dorothee, Shira Haas as Nancy, Hadley Fraser as Manny, John Marquez as David, Rebecca Thornhill as Kelly, Cilla Silvia as Carla, Ian McLarnon as Leo, and Jos Slovick as Gus. The ensemble includes Robert Finlayson, Daniel Forrester, Jennifer Hepburn, Chrissie Perkins, and Issy Khogali.

Photos: Opening Night in the West End

The musical follows Myrtle, a famous actor sent into turmoil after witnessing the sudden death of one of her fans while starring in a new Broadway play. The project is at least the second time van Hove has brought the movie to the stage, following an earlier non-musical iteration that played Toneelgroep Amsterdam, where van Hove is artistic director, in 2006; and NYC's Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008.

Like van Hove's earlier adaptation of the film, the musical production features set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld and costume design by An D'Huys. The production also includes video design by Versweyveld and sound design by Tom Gibbons and Alex Twiselton. Wainwright has penned his own orchestrations, with Nigel Lilley handling music supervision and music direction. Movement and choreography are by Polly Bennett. Casting is by Julia Horan.

Wessex Grove, Gavin Kalin Productions, and Playful Productions are producing.


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