Get over it. Arlene Phillips in The Cockpit for new rock musical, 27.


27 is a tough age to be in the rock business as many a fallen superstar has found to their cost. Now veteran choreographer Arlene Phillips is turning her experienced hand to directing a new rock musical simply called “27”.

27 is a modern fable of our time, a dark interpretation of one of humanity’s oldest stories, written and co-directed by Sam Cassidy. Ryan Molloy, Cassie Compton, Greg Oliver and Jack Donnelly are to star in the show, which was revealed today via a teaser trailer.

The show is set to run from September 8 – October 22 at London’s 170-seat Cockpit Theatre in London’s Marylebone.

27 Arlene Phillips and Sam Cassidy

Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain, Morrison and Winehouse: all music legends whose lives were tragically cut short at, you guessed it, 27.

27, featuring 13 musical numbers and a cast of 15, is a shattering exploration of the fragility of life and the unwitting connections that bind us together.

This rock musical with original lyrics and score serves up songs to die for and killer guitar riffs and will take you somewhere you probably didn’t think existed anymore.

Orpheus is a would-be rock star turned icon whose experiences of fame and notoriety lead him on a journey of unstoppable self-destruction. Another name for the list. At the tender age of 27. Another star, extinguished…

Arlene Phillips said: “I love working on projects that shout out ‘we are different’. Working on the fringe of the arts, which I have been doing more of in these last couple of years, I find really exciting.

“27 has a powerful and emotional message that evokes so many memories of, not just Amy Winehouse, but so many others who began with a prodigious talent that eventually destroys them.

“It is a musical that could connect to so many people of different ages. The musical appeals to me because it was written by a young writer, Sam Cassidy, who has the power in his music to take the audience from one moment of joy to instant tears of sorrow”.


Ryan Molloy holds the record as the longest-running star of a West End musical as Frankie Vallie in “Jersey Boys” for six years. He also played the role on Broadway.

He was Horace in the musical Fings Ain’t Wot They Used to Be at Theatre Royal Stratford East, played Tremont ‘Chick With A Dick’ in Jerry Springer the Opera, Steve Strange in Taboo, Judas in Godspell, and Ozzie in On the Town (at the ENO).

Cassie Compton was Jean in the world premiere of American Psycho at the Almeida; Nessarose in Wicked and Elizabeth in Dirty Dancing, both in the West End.

Greg Oliver played Moritz in the musical Spring Awakening, Wolf in After the Turn and Kyle in the world premiere of The Prodigals. As a singer he records as Revilo and he’s also in two other bands, HENRIETTA and Beauty School Dropout.

Jack Donnelly is best known for starring as Jason in Atlantis on BBC1. He was also in Misfits and two series of Threesome. On stage he was in Accomplice at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Other cast features Lucy Martin, Ryan Gibb, Jodie Jacobs, Maisie Bawden,Eloise Davies, Collette Guitart, Emily Kenwright, Sophie Ayers, Anthony Selwyn, Jason Kajdi, Kristian Cunningham.

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