The Burnt Part Boys, Matthew Illife’s unforgettable, coming of age chamber musical, makes its premiere at London’s Park Theatre next month.
Following a successful off-Broadway run in 2010, The Burnt Part Boys was nominated as Best New Musical at the Lucille Lortel Awards. This youthful tale of adventure and redemption has been hailed among critics as an innovative and gripping musical.
Set in rural West Virginia, 1962. Fourteen-year-old Pete’s fighting to claim his past. His older brother Jake’s hoping to forge a future.
With an eclectic band of friends teetering on the brink of adulthood, they’ve embarked on a life-altering journey to the coalmine that took their father’s life.
With its soaring, elegiac bluegrass and pop-inspired score, this inspirational new musical finds both the streaks of light amid a heart of darkness.
Masterfully orchestrated and arranged score that will engross and mesmerize, the music is by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen, the co-writers of Tuck Everlasting which just enjoyed a Broadway run, with book by Mariana Elder.
The cast is: David Haydn (Dad) whose musical credits include Americana (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Spend Spend Spend (Union Theatre) and Fame (UK Tour).
Ryan Heenan (Dusty) whose credits include Variété (Riverside Studios), Mort the Musical (Rose Theatre Kingston) and The Sound of Music (London Palladium).
Chris Jenkins (Jake) was most recently see in The War Of The Worlds (Dominion); Billy Elliot: The Musical (Victoria Palace) and Spamalot (Playhouse).
David Leopold (Chet) who has appeared in Uncle Vanya and The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Little Sure Shot (West Yorkshire Playhouse/the egg, Bath/ Tour).
Grace Osborn (Frances) who was more recently in Somewhere in England (UK tour) and Whistle Down the Wind and Love Story (Union Theatre).
Joseph Peacock (Pete) who has appeared in Grease and West Side Story (The Factory Playhouse).
Also in the ensemble are Danny Black-George, Tomas Wolstenholme, Jonathan Bourne and Jamie Fillery.
The Burnt Part Boys runs at Park Theatre from August 10-September 3.