Smash hit Queen of the Mist musical rolls out the barrel for major London transfer

Pint of Wine Theatre Company’s acclaimed UK premiere production of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical Queen of the Mist is transferring to London’s Charing Cross Theatre following a sensational run in South London earlier this year.

An original London cast recording will be released to coincide with the seven-week summer season.

Queen of the Mist received its UK premiere in a sold-out run at the Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, in April (read Stage Review’s ★★★★ verdict HERE).

The musical is based on the astounding and outrageous true story of Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901, on her 63rd birthday, set out to be the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design.

Queen of the Mist explores the fickle world of celebrity and sensationalism with an unconventional heroine determined not to live an ordinary life.

With a soaring score that incorporates turn-of-the-century themes with LaChiusa’s insightful and engaging style, this award-winning musical is the story of how one woman risked death so that she could live.

The entire cast will join the transfer, headed by Trudi Camilleri (Ragtime, Death Takes a Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre) as Anna Edson Taylor.

The rest of the cast features Will Arundell (Mack & Mabel, London Musical Theatre Orchestra); Emily Juler (Jerry Springer: The Opera, Stockwell Playhouse); Emma Ralston (Bananaman: The Musical, Southwark Playhouse); Tom Blackmore (Grindr: The Opera, Above the Stag); Conor McFarlane (Assassins, Pleasance Theatre) and Andrew Carter (Edinburgh Fringe and World Tour).

The original 2011 Off-Broadway production of Queen of the Mist won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical.

Michael John LaChiusa is a five-time Tony Award-nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

Queen of the Mist runs at Charing Cross Theatre from August 15 – October 5.

Pint of Wine Theatre Company present Queen of the Mist- Interview with Trudi Camilleri from Blake Klein on Vimeo.

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