Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical play, Allegro, opened in 1947 to the highest advance in Broadway history. Now it’s coming to London for its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse, opening next month.
In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of this average Joe – through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his own medical career.
From the tranquility of his hometown to the hectic din of big city life to a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about, allegro follows this ordinary Joe as he learns the most important lessons of all – the value of family, that money isn’t everything and that home really is where the heart is.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, with music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, their third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will be produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning team behind Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel, Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel.
Southerland is working on a new adaptation of the book and the production will have brand new orchestrations.
Cast: Katie Bernstein, Emily Bull, David Delve, Julia J Nagle, Dylan Turner, Susan Travers, Gary Tushaw and Steve Watts.
They are joined by Cassandra McCowan, Matthew McDonald, Louise Olley, Benjamin Purkiss, Jacqueline Tate, Samuel Thomas, Leah West and Matthew Woodyatt.
Allegro runs at the Southwark Playhouse from August 5-September 10.