Michael John LaChiusa’s ambitious Queen of the Mist musical premieres at Jack Studio Theatre

Pint of Wine Theatre Company are described as innovative and they are certainly ambitious. Next month they tell the epic story of a woman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel – no mean feat in the confines of London’s Jack Studio Theatre.

Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist 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.

This story explores the fickle world of celebrity and sensationalism at the turn of the century 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, marking its European professional premiere, is the story of how one woman risked death so that she could live.

The cast includes Trudi Camilleri (Ragtime and Death Takes a Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre) as Anna Edson Taylor, with 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 (Choir of Man, Edinburgh Fringe and World Tour).

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

Queen of the Mist, directed by Dom O’Hanlon, with musical direction by Jordan Li-Smith, runs at Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, from April 9-27.

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