Jermyn Street Theatre | Tues 8 Sept – Sat 3 Oct 2015
See What I Wanna See
by Michael John LaChiusa
Michael John LaChiusa’s Off-Broadway hit See What I Wanna See, will receive its London Premiere in a limited 4-week run at Jermyn Street Theatre from Tuesday 8 September to Saturday 3 October.
See What I Wanna See is a vibrant and provocative new musical that explores the nature of truth, and how it is altered by perspective. From medieval Japan where two lovers seek to escape a doomed relationship, to modern day New York where a priest is wrestling with his faith, See What I Wanna See weaves together three remarkable stories of lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption, where truth and lies have become entangled. Michael John LaChiusa’s beautiful and unexpected music blends a plethora of influences from jazz and salsa to classical and pop into a fluid, cinematic score. See What I Wanna See is a fiercely intelligent, heartfelt piece of theatre that calls into question; how pure can the truth ever be?
See What I Wanna See was named one of the Best Musicals of 2005 by New York Magazine, and was nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. It premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 2005 where it starred Idina Menzel in her first role following her Tony Award-winning performance originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked.
Jonathan Butterell as The Janitor/The Priest,
Marc Elliott as The Thief/A Reporter,
Cassie Compton as Kesa/The Wife/An Actress,
Mark Goldthorp as Morito/The Husband/A CPA and
Sarah Ingram as The Medium/Aunt Monica.
Michael John LaChiusa is a composer, lyricist and librettist, whose shows include The Wild Party, Hello Again, Marie Christine and Giant. Michael was nominated for four Tony Awards in 2000 for his score and book for both Marie Christine and The Wild Party.
See What I Wanna See is based on three short stories by acclaimed Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa and written by Michael John LaChiusa.
It is directed by Adam Lenson with musical direction by Richard Bates and set and costume design by Simon Anthony Wells.
It is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.
JERMYN STREET THEATRE
16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST
TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 3 OCTOBER 2015 (previews 8th-10 September)
Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees 3.30pm,
extra matinee Thursday 1 October
Tickets: £20-25 (Previews £15)
020 7287 2875