Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso take centre stage for the European première of Death Takes A Holiday, the latest musical from the multi Tony Award-winning composer of Grand Hotel and Titanic.
A soaring story of the preciousness of life and the overwhelming power of love, Death Takes A Holiday runs from January 16 and is the third musical directed by artistic director Thom Southerland at Charing Cross Theatre.
Death Takes A Holiday has a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston and a book by multi Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone. It is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which also inspired the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt.
In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared.
But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.
Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it opened Off Broadway in 2011.
Hollywood star Maxwell Caulfield (Dynasty, The Colbys, Grease 2) made his West End debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago and subsequently played the role on Broadway.
He recently starred as Nathan Detroit in the UK tour of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Guys & Dolls. His other major musical theatre roles include RF Simpson in the Chichester production of Singin’ in the Rain, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music.
He also appeared on Broadway in the National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of An Inspector Calls.
Zoë Doano has just finished a year in the West End as Cosette in Les Misérables. Before this she played Johanna in the West End transfer of the Tooting Pie Shop Sweeney Todd.
American rising star Chris Peluso made his West End debut this year starring as Chris in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre and then played Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat at the New London Theatre.
On Broadway, he has appeared in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Assassins, Wicked, West Side Story, Les Misérables and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
*Chris Peluso appears in the production until February 11, at which time the role will be taken over by James Gant.
The cast also includes: Kathryn Akin, Anthony Cable, Trudi Camilleri, Ken Christiansen, Scarlett Courtney, James Gant, Matthew McDonald, Gay Soper, Ashley Stillburn, Samuel Thomas and Helen Turner.
Death Takes A Holiday runs at Charing Cross Theatre from January 16-March 4.