Andy Mientus, Declan Bennett, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Cedric Neal and John Partridge will star in the European premiere of the new musical, The View Upstairs, which comes to London’s Soho Theatre this summer.
The musical opens in present day when Wes, a young fashion designer, buys an abandoned space, not realising it had once been The UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant ’70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which was burned down in 1973, in an arson attack that killed 32 people.
Filled with a collection of beautiful love songs and power rock ballads, this is a musical about friendship, community, how far we’ve come and how far we still have yet to go.
Furthermore, it is a story of hope.
Broadway and television actor and novelist, Andy Mientus (Les Mis, Spring Awakening) will be making his UK theatre debut.
He joins stage and screen veteran – and Celebrity Masterchef winner – John Partridge whose theatre credits include A Chorus Line, The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago, Miss Saigon and, most recently, Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing.
Actor and recording artist, Declan Bennett, who was such a hit in Jesus Christ Superstar (Open Air Theatre) has theatre credits that include Once, American Idiot, Rent and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt’s wide range of theatre credits include The Wild Party, Miss Littlewood, In The Heights, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, Grease and Flashdance while Cedric Neal, a semi-finalist in ITV’s The Voice, has starred in Motown the Musical, Porgy and Bess and Chess.
Also in the cast are Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gary Lee, Joseph Prouse and Derek Hagen.
The View Upstairs opened to rave reviews Off-Broadway in 2017. The London production of the musical is one of ten that have been, and are being, mounted around the world between 2017 and 2019.
It was written by young, up-and-coming artist, Max Vernon, and will be directed in London by Jonathan O’Boyle (Aspects of Love, Pippin, Hair), with choreography by Fabian Aloise (Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The Rink, Our House).
The View Upstairs runs at the Soho Theatre from July 18 to August 24.