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Arlene Phillips to direct rock musical Myth:The Rise and Fall of Orpheus at The Other Palace

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ROCK musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy, will have nine concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from Saturday, March 10 to Saturday, March 17, 2018.

The production will be semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece band.

The show, previously called 27, returns to London with a new title, a revised book and new songs.

Arlene Phillips said: “We were inspired by the recent workshop performances of Andrew Lloyd Webbers Starlight Express and believed this method of presentation would be invaluable to the development of Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus.”

Sam Cassidy said: “It’s true that musicals are not written, but rather rewritten, and this is a fantastic opportunity. In 2016, we opened a completely new British rock musical and enjoyed a very successful 6-week season at the 170-seat Cockpit Theatre.

“We had great audiences, with many people seeing it more than once, but we were not completely happy with elements of the production. I’ve since looked at the book, revised the storyline, dropped some songs and added new ones. This latest run will give us the chance to see how this new version works with the chance for audiences to give us feedback.”

Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus is a modern retelling of the Ancient Greek tale of Orpheus and the underworld, looking at mental illness and addiction in society and more specifically the rock music business, with a storyline with echoes of the tragically short lives of some of music’s brightest stars, including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus is described as a show that will break your heart, make you laugh and rock you to your very core.

Casting and the full creative team will be announced in due course.

Arlene Phillips’ credits as a director include Saturday Night Fever, international productions of Starlight Express, US tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar, Lord of the Dance, The Songbook of Judy Garland, Brazouka, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games.

As a choreographer, her work includes Jackie The Musical, Starlight Express, The Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, The Sound of Music, Grease, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar and EFX at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Phillips was honoured as a CBE for her services to dance.

Sam Cassidy is primarily known as an actor, having performed in musicals and subsequently on television. However, with a burning passion for music, he never could kick his musical theatre itch, although for him, it was all about creating new exciting theatre that challenged the status quo of what musicals should be. Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus may be the first show Cassidy has put out into the world, but it is by no means the last.

Tickets: £25. To book, call 020 7087 7900 or visit www.theotherpalace.co.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.