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Michael John LaChuisa’s musical Queen of the Mist transfers to Charing Cross Theatre

Trudi Camilleri as Anna Edson Taylor. Photo: Daniel Penfold.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PINT of Wine Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist is transferring to Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited seven-week season – from August 15 to October 5, 2019.

Queen of the Mist, which received its UK premiere in a sold-out run at the Jack Studio Theatre in April, 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.

Queen of the Mist explores the fickle world of celebrity and sensationalism 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 is the story of how one woman risked death so that she could live.

The entire cast, including Trudi Camilleri (Ragtime, Death Takes a Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre) as Anna Edson Taylor, will join the transfer.

They include 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, Edinburgh Fringe and World Tour).

The production is directed by Dom O’Hanlon, with musical supervision by Jordan Li-Smith and musical direction by Connor Fogel.

The traverse seating transfer will feature a new set design by Tara Usher, lighting design by Bethany Gupwell and sound design by Adrian Jeakins.

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

Anna Edson Taylor

Michael John LaChiusa is a five-time Tony Award-nominated Composer, Lyricist and Librettist for his Broadway productions of The Wild Party, Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

His acclaimed Off Broadway musicals have been seen at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center in New York and include Giant, Queen of the Mist, See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, Bernalda Alba, Hello Again, Little Fish, Four Short Operas, Break, Agnes, Eulogy for Mr. Hamm and Lucky Nurse.

Recently, First Daughter Suite premiered at The Public Theater and Rain at the Old Globe in San Diego.

LaChiusa’s awards include an Obie, Gillman Gonzalez-Falla, Kleban Foundation, Dramatists Guild, and 2008 and 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards.

A London cast recording will be released ahead of the transfer.

Images: Trudi Camilleri as Anna Edson Taylor. Photo by Daniel Penfold (top); the real Anna Edson Taylor (bottom).

Tickets: (previews) from £15. From August 20: £22 – £32. Upgrade your ticket to include a glass of bubbly and a programme for just £7.50. To book, call the box office on 08444 930650 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/. A booking fee applies to phone and internet orders but there is no booking fee to personal callers.

Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm; Matinees on Wednesday at 2.30pm and Saturday at 3pm.

The UK professional première of Amour continues at Charing Cross Theatre until June 8, 2019.