London Theatre Workshop | 5th – 23rd May 2015
Vote For Me
The London Theatre Workshop continues its dedication to supporting new musical theatre by presenting the UK premiere of a new musical comedy by two New York based writers, Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen that takes a light-hearted look at the world of American politics. This production marks the UK première of the musical, direct from a sell out off-Broadway production.
VOTE FOR ME is a musicalized Presidential debate where you pick the winner. Candidates dance and sing their way through the three-ring circus of American politics, and audiences cast their votes to help determine the outcome of the show. The musical was commissioned by Robyn Goodman, the producer of Avenue Q, and penned by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen, who sought to create a heightened satire of American life that spoke to the state of their culture – in their case American political culture – at its best and its worst.
The musical premièred at the 2010 New York Musical Theater Festival, and played a sold out run off-Broadway at Roy Arias Stages in the summer of 2014.
Writers Drew and Scott said of the announcement: “VOTE FOR ME is our first full-length show to be produced in London, and the opportunity to present this material to you in the run up to your own elections is extra special to us. At the end of it all, this is a show about how lucky we are to live in free societies and the obligation we have as citizens to make sure they stay that way. And who doesn’t enjoy laughing at Americans?”
Produced by Olga Marie-Pratt on behalf of the London Theatre Workshop, it will be directed by Dom O’Hanlon with musical direction by Chris Guard.
HANS RYE will play Republican candidate Senator Buddy Rounsaville opposite EMILY LYNNE (‘She Loves Me’ – Landor) who will play the Democratic Candidate Governor Janet Tilghman.
ARVID LARSON (Closer Than Ever – Jermyn St.) will play Janet’s long-suffering husband Roger Tilghman, alongside JENNIE JACOBS as Buddy’s pushy wife Amy Rounsaville.
Attempting to control the proceedings will be LUCY GRAINGER (Fifty Shades of Grey – the Musical) as Robyn Fiedler, the moderator of the debate, and spinning each of the answers will be JOE LEATHER (Bathhouse the Musical) in the role of The Advisor.
London Theatre Workshop, 65 New Kings Road, London SW6 4SG
5 – 23rd May 2015
Tuesday to Saturday at 7:45, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00pm
£15 (£12 concession, £10 Equity rate for Sunday matinees)