April - June 2013

ROOMS - A ROCK ROMANCE

Music, Book and Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
Book by Miriam Gordon

 
Tuesday, 23 April – Saturday, 18 May 2013

The European Premiere of A New Musical

A Finborough Theatre commission, the European premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical ROOMS – A Rock Romance, directed by multi-award-winning director Andrew Keates.

With special recorded guest appearances from Paul Gambaccini, the iconic voice of Radio 1 during the 1970s, and composer/lyricist Paul Scott Goodman himself, ROOMS - A Rock Romance features an exceptional cast of two – Alexis Gerred was recently seen in the lead role of Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats on National Tour and in the West End, won acclaim for his performance in the title role of Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho at Trafalgar Studios, and was runner-up in Eurovision: Your Country Needs You for BBC TV. He is partnered by Cassidy Janson who played Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut in Avenue Q, was standby and played Elphaba in the original London cast of Wicked, played Maggie Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor – The Musical at the Gielgud Theatre and starred in Tick Tick …Boom! at the Menier Chocolate Factory. With special recorded guest appearances from Paul Gambaccini, the iconic voice of Radio 1 during the 1970s, Paul Kaye (Dennis Pennis, Game of Thrones) and composer/lyricist Paul Scott Goodman himself, ROOMS - A Rock Romance features an exceptional cast of two – Alexis Gerred was recently seen in the lead role of Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats on National Tour and in the West End, won acclaim for his performance in the title role of Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho at Trafalgar Studios, and was runner-up in Eurovision: Your Country Needs You for BBC TV. He is partnered by Cassidy Janson who played Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut in Avenue Q, was standby and played Elphaba in the original London cast of Wicked, played Maggie Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor – The Musical at the Gielgud Theatre and starred in Tick Tick …Boom! at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

She longs to see every room in the world...

He longs to stay in his...

ROOMS - A Rock Romance begins in late 1970's Glasgow at the very height of punk rock, where Monica, an ambitious Jewish singer-songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. As the pair become quickly entangled – both creatively and romantically – their music together hurtles them from the dingy clubs of Scotland to the glitz of London and ultimately to New York City...

Featuring an astonishing score by award-winning Scottish composer Paul Scott Goodman and performed by a live rock band, ROOMS - A Rock Romance is both a thrilling musical journey and a poignant unconventional love story about two young artists, whose love for each other deepens whilst their desires tear them apart.

ABOUT PAUL SCOTT GOODMAN (BOOK, MUSIC AND LYRICS)

Paul Scott Goodman was born and raised in Glasgow. In 1984, he relocated to New York City after five years of performing in London and a year in Los Angeles. Paul was the first recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Best New Songwriter Award, winner of the Backstage Bistro Award for Domestica (book, music and lyrics), first solo recipient of the Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, and winner of the Gilman Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Commendation Award. Paul wrote the book, music and lyrics for Bright Lights, Big City which was presented at the New York Theater Workshop, The Guggenheim Museum, the Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia, and recently licensed worldwide by The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. ROOMS - A Rock Romance was originally produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2005. Paul's other produced musicals include Him and Her (Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia, and New York International Fringe Festival where it won the 'Best Performance' Award), Alive in the World (New York Musical Theatre Festival and an all-star benefit concert at The Zipper Factory) God Save the New Wave (Bottom Line, West Bank Theater), Metropolitan Music (Marymount Manhattan College) and Just East of Broadway (The Duplex). Paul has also performed as an opening act for John Cougar Mellencamp, Joan Armatrading, David Essex, and The Average White Band.

ABOUT MIRIAM GORDON (BOOK)

Miriam Gordon was born in Detroit, Michigan. Miriam wrote the book with Paul Scott Goodman and directed the musical Him and Her, Tiny Dancer and Domestica, which won a New York International Fringe Festival award, and was also produced at the Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia, Theater One, New York and Musical TheaterWorks, New York. She was book writer with Paul Scott Goodman and director of God Save the New Wave (Bottom Line and West Bank Theater, New York) and Marathon by Paul Scott Goodman (New York Theater Workshop). Miriam directed the short musical, I've Got To See You Again, by two-time Grammy Award winner Jesse Harris, whose title song was recorded on Norah Jones' Grammy Award winning album. Miriam is writer and lyricist with Wendy Federman for a new musical, Not For Better, and is the writer and director of a new musical, The Kid Who Ran For President, which received the Allan S. Gordon Foundation Performing Arts Program Award. Her other directing credits include Rooms (Theater One, New York), When Heaven and Earth (Circle Rep East, New York) and In Audela (Cherry Lane Theater, New York). She has also written, directed and produced political programming for New York television. Miriam is the recipient of a Stella Adler Talent Award, and also trained with Ms. Adler, at the London Academy of Dramatic Art, and with Anthony Hopkins, Alfred Molina, Wynn Handman, Austin Pendleton, and has performed in the Yiddish Theater.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR ANDREW KEATES

Multi-award-winning Andrew Keates will be directing his second production at the Finborough Theatre following last year’s sell-out production of Passing By by Martin Sherman. Most recently, he directed and developed the award-winning professional world premiere of A Winter’s Tale, written by Howard Goodall, Nick Stimson and himself. Andrew first came to attention after his acclaimed production of Bent in 2010 at the Landor Theatre, which then transferred to the Tabard Theatre for a further run. Recent productions include The Thing About Men and The Hired Man (both at the Landor Theatre), Conjugal Rites (Courtyard Theatre) and Just So (Tabard Theatre). His work has received many award nominations, including Best Director for Bent, Best Director for Just So, Best Entertainment for Just So and most recently, winning Best New Musical for A Winter’s Tale and Best Musical Production for The Hired Man in the OffWestEnd Awards.

ABOUT THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR MARK WARMAN

Mark Warman was Musical Director for The Rocky Horror Show (Royal Court Theatre), Pete Townsend’s The Iron Man (The Young Vic), Metropolis (Piccadilly Theatre), Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse - 2004 Olivier for Outstanding Musical Production), Sinatra (London Palladium), Chess In Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Sweeney Todd (Holland Park Opera). He was Conductor for Kiss Me Kate (Victoria Palace Theatre), Children of Eden (Prince Edward Theatre) and The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre). He was Musical Supervisor for two Sondheim world stage premières - Saturday Night (Bridewell Theatre) and Evening Primrose (Sadler's Wells) - and the European première of Adam Guettel’s debut musical Floyd Collins (Bridewell Theatre). Orchestrator for the London premiere of Nine (Donmar Warehouse), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Wyndham's Theatre) and Hard Times (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and keyboard programmer on countless West End and touring shows including Spamalot, 9 To 5, Hairspray, Our House, Footloose, High School Musical and Fame. Mark was Musical Director and Arranger for rock legend Scott Walker on his last two albums (The Drift and Bish Bosch) and a three-day concert retrospective at the Barbican with Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn.

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER SAM SPENCER LANE

Sam Spencer Lane is best known for her work at the Menier Chocolate Factory (where she choreographed Maltby and Shire’s new musical Take Flight, They’re Playing Our Song and The Invisible Man), working with Jason Robert Brown on the UK premiere of The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World. Other notable choreography credits include The Hired Man (Salisbury Playhouse), Personals and Rat Pack Confidential which enjoyed long runs in London's West End, Little Britain Live (Hammersmith Apollo and National Tour), Alice in Wonderland and Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep), Mr. Stink (National Tour), Company (Southwark Playhouse), Pal Joey (Nottingham Playhouse), Once Upon a Matress (Belfast), Tracey Beaker Gets Real (National Tour), The Demon Headmaster (National Tour), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (Bristol Old Vic), Honk! (Watermill Theatre, Newbury) and The Wizard of Oz (Theatr Clwyd Cymru). Sam was also Head of Musical Theatre, Dance and Movement at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts from 2002–2012.

ABOUT THE SET DESIGNER PHILIP LINDLEY

Philip Lindley

At the Finborough Theatre, Philip is Associate Designer, and has designed Mirror Teeth (2011), Drama At Inish (2011), Autumn Fire (2012), The American Clock (2012), Merrie England (2012) The Fear of Breathing (2012), Passing By (2012) and Somersaults (2013).

Trained as an architect, Philip began his theatre career as a set and lighting designer before joining the BBC TV Design Department. During 25 years at the BBC, he worked on every type of production including Dr. Who, Blackadder, Top Of The Pops, Mastermind, Swap Shop,  André Previn LSO Concerts, Play For Today, Play For Tomorrow, 30 Minute Theatre, Lorna Doone, Z For Zacharias, The Tripods, Juliet Bravo, Rings On Their Fingers, The Kamikaze Ground Staff Dinner Party, Goodbye Darling, Tomorrow's World, The 1981 Royal Wedding and The Scientist. After leaving the BBC, he worked as a freelance theatre consultant before moving to Lisbon where he continued to design sets and lighting for Portuguese theatre including productions of Cymbeline, Saturday Sunday Monday, The Bear, The Proposal, Recklessness, Tone Clusters, One For The Road, A Time For Farewells, and Dracula. He recently returned to live in the UK, and has since designed Nerve, The Good Doctor and Sleeping Dogs (Baron’s Court Theatre), Miss Julie (Teatro Technis) The Three Sisters and Endgame (Bridewell Theatre) and Fair Em (Union Theatre).

ABOUT THE LIGHTING DESIGNER NEILL BRINKWORTH

Neil Brinkworth

At the Finborough Theatre, Neill was lighting designer for Fair and its subsequent National Tour and West End transfer (2005), The Gabriels (2006), Accolade (2011), Fanta Orange (2011), Outward Bound (2012) and Don Juan Comes Back from the War (2012).

Other theatre includes In the Night Garden (Minor Entertainment and Rag Doll Worldwide for the BBC), The Seagull (Arcola Theatre), Agamemnon (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Step 9 of 12, Tape (Trafalgar Studios), Vincent River (Old Vic Productions at Trafalgar Studios), Seven Pomegranate Seeds (Oxford Playhouse), Deptford Stories (National Theatre at The Albany),The Canterville Ghost, A Christmas Carol (Southwark Playhouse), The Tin Solider (Peut-etre Theatre), Dick Whittington (Hertford Theatre), Strauss Gala (Raymond Gubbay), Six Men and A Poker Game (Grid Iron Theatre Company), Café Chaos, A Square of Sky, In the Store Room (The Kosh), Spangleguts, The Tinder Box (London Bubble), The Handsomest Drowned Man (The Circus Space), and associate lighting designer on Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Other work includes Romeo and Juliet, Cats, The Wedding Singer, Footloose (Arts Educational Schools), Blood Wedding, Nicholas Nickleby, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tales of Ovid (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), The House of Bernarda Alba and 42nd Street (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts).

Opera includes Dido and Aeneas, Bridgetower, Jephthe (English Touring Opera), associate lighting designer on Ludd and Isis (Royal Opera House) and associate lighting designer on Maria Stuarda (Opera North).

ABOUT THE COSTUME DESIGNER PHILIPPA BATT

Philippa Batt

At the Finborough Theatre, Philippa was Costume Designer for Passing By (2012).

Trained at Cleveland College of Art and Design before undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Costume at RADA.


Costume Supervision includes Applause (Bridewell Threatre), My Favourite Yea’ (Bridewell Theatre), Peter Pan (Camberley Theatre), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), From Up Here (Pitch Perfect Musicals) Carnival (Bridewell Theatre), Allegro (Bridewell Theatre), The Brothers Karamazov (GBS Theatre), Saturday Night (Vanbrugh Theatre), Dealing With Clair (GBS Theatre), The House of Special Purpose (GBS Theatre), Possessed (Vanbrugh Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (RADA Enterprises Ltd for Cunard Cruises) and The Canterbury Tales (RADA Enterprises Ltd for Cunard Cruises). 
As temporary wardrobe supervisor, Looking Over The Dragon (Oyster Films).
As Costume Designer, bespoke designs for London Fashion Week, A Winter’s Tale (Landor Theatre), The Thing About Men (Landor Theatre) Much Ado About Nothing (GBS Theatre for NYU), The Pied Piper (Highworth School) Twelfth Night (Vanbrugh Theatre) and As You Like It (Changeling Touring Theatre).

As Wardrobe Assistant, Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival), Oh! What A Lovely War (Vanbrugh Theatre), Our Lady of Sligo (GBS Theatre), The Young Idea (Vanbrugh Theatre), A Waste of Time (GBS Theatre), The Crucible (Vanbrugh Theatre), Our Town (GBS Theatre), All About My Mother (Vanbrugh Theatre), Floyd Collins (Southwark Playhouse), A Celebration of Youth in the Arts (Buckingham Palace for The Prince's Trust). 
As Costume Maker - Carmen (Co-Opera Co), The Magic Flute (Co-Opera Co), Robin Hood (Bancroft School), A Night With Anne Reid, All The Great Books (Belmondo Hat Productions).

ABOUT THE SOUND DESIGNER TOM LISHMAN

Tom Lishman

Theatre includes Rope (Wyndham's Theatre), Life Support (Savoy Theatre), Gin Game (Savoy Theatre), Taking Sides (Criterion Theatre), Vita and Virginia (Ambassador's Theatre), Hobson's Choice (Lyric Theatre), Rivals (Noel Coward Theatre), Hothouse (Harold Pinter Theatre), Twelve Angry Men (Harold Pinter Theatre), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Harold Pinter Theatre), Letter of Resignation (Harold Pinter Theatre and Savoy Theatre), Brief Lives (Duchess Theatre), Medea (Queen's Theatre), Pete and Dud (Leicester Square Theatre), The Caretaker (Trafalgar Studios)

He designed sound for Ashes to Ashes (Royal Court Theatre), The Great Game: Afghanistan, Not Black and White, Broken Glass, Women Power and Politics and Greta Garbo Came To Donegal (Tricycle Theatre), I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky (Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House), A Tainted Dawn, Bill Shakespeare's Italian Job and A British Subject (Edinburgh Festival), The Farm, Those Magnificent Men and The Falling Sky (New Perspectives), The Man Next Door (Hoipolloi), and four seasons of operas for Grange Park Opera, as well as productions for repertory theatres including Guildford, Windsor, Farnham, Bristol, Chester, Cheltenham and Derby, and many national tours.

Tom has created almost sixty sound designs for Chichester Festival Theatre.

THE PRESS ON ROOMS: A ROCK ROMANCE

“ROOMS may well be the musical for this new era. Spare and briskly paced, ROOMS has a cast of two and a seriously hopping five-piece band. ROOMS shines not with glitz, but with that rarest of attributes in the realm of musicals: emotional honesty.” Flavorpill

“Hit alert! Hit alert! This is a musical for all ages. An unconventional love story that bridges the traditional and the new. ROOMS is well structured, well written, has a charm and wit all its own – and it rocks!” Talk Entertainment

“We have a new contender for Best Musical!’ Broadway World

ABOUT THE CAST

ALEXIS GERRED
Theatre includes Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre and National Tour), the title role in Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho (Trafalgar Studios), Fresher: The Musical (Pleasance Theatre), Prince Daniel in Sleeping Beauty (New Theatre,Cardiff), Hotel S.A.L.I.G.I.A (Bloomsbury Theatre) and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Studio)

Television includes being runner-up in Eurovision: Your Country Needs You.

Producing includes Plug In The Lead (Leicester Square Theatre)

CASSIDY JANSON
Theatre includes Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre), Kate Monster/Lucy The Slut in Avenue Q (Gielgud and Wyndham’s Theatre), Miss Atomic Bomb (workshop at the Ambassadors Theatre), Route to Happiness (Landor Theatre), Company (Southwark Playhouse), Bridget Jones: The Musical, directed by Stephen Daldry (workshop), Crazy for You (Kilworth House), Austentatious (Landor Theatre), Only the Brave (Edinburgh Festival), standby and played Elphaba in the original London cast of Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), Tick Tick …Boom! (Menier Chocolate Factory), Footloose (National Tour), Brenda Bly Teen Detective (Bridewell Theatre), Newsrevue (Canal Café Theatre) and Snoopy (Jermyn Street Theatre).

Film includes Tail’s Ends, Coma and The Hike.

Television includes Casualty.

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 23 April – Saturday, 18 May 2013

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from second week of the run).

Performance Length: Approximately 90 minutes with no interval.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
Previews (23 and 24 April) £14 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 25 May 2013 when booked online only.

For details of our Returns Policy for sold out performances, please click here

PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Off- Broadway Production produced by Van Hill Entertainment at New World Stages

World Premiere produced by MetroStage, Alexandria, VA (Carolyn Griffin, Producing Artistic Director) and Geva Theatre Center (Mark Cuddy, Artistic Director)

Originally presented in the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival

Original Off-Broadway Cast Album Recording available from Time-Life

Directed by Andrew Keates

Musical Direction by Mark Warman

Choreographed by Sam Spencer-Lane

Designed by Philip Lindley

Costume Design by Philippa Batt

Lighting by Neill Brinkworth

Sound Design by Tom Lishman

Accent Coaching by Sarah Stephenson

Singing Technique by Robert Archibald

Associate Musical Direction by Barney Ashworth

Casting by Benjamin Newsome

Presented by Arion Productions Ltd in association Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW)

ALEXIS GERRED

CASSIDY JANSON