From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity Up-Date Apr 2014

 

Message From Tim Rice

While we may sadly be saying goodbye to From Here To Eternity on stage in a few days, the future isn’t all that grim for the boys (and girls) of ’41 as, in cooperation with Omniverse Vision, Fathom Events will be bringing the show to fans via the cinema!

See the press release below for more !

CENTENNIAL, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At CinemaCon 2014, the largest annual gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world, Fathom Events announced that it will partner with Omniverse Vision to capture the musical stage production of From Here To Eternity from London’s prestigious West End for cinecast to cinemas across the country. As a production partner, this marks a first-of-its-kind venture for Fathom Events, who has long been recognized as the leader in alternative content. Fathom fans will be the first U.S. audience to see From Here To Eternity, presented in hundreds of select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network later this year, with the Broadway production slated for 2015.

So for everyone who missed it including me (That’s most of the world) can see it at a cinema soon or maybe Broadway 2015 -2016

Cheers Steve at TheatreGold.com

Marching Orders Given

London News

What’s happening to Musical theatre in London, the latest crop can’t even run a year ?

Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity has only survived for five months, one would have though this would have run for years. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward just making it to four months has the world gone mad or are they just not that good or interesting any more.

I for one, now in my fifties remember “From Here to Eternity” because it was one of the first movies I saw about sex, the beach and Montgomery Cliff. It was a picture for everyone, it had a love story, The little guy after successful man’s wife, oops late 1950’s sex shocker, a fighter who refused to fight, lots of boys,out at night drinking and dancing with the local girls, and the Second World War for dad and Frank Sinatra. One would think it would make the best musical ever.

The Reviews, Tim Walker from The Telegraph – “is highly enjoyable” (The Telegraph 27th Oct 2013) also Tim writes “and let me say straight away that I like it”

Michael Billington from the Guardian, “Highly professional”, “But, for all the dedication of the creative team, which includes Tim Rice as lyricist, Stuart Brayson as composer and Bill Oakes as bookwriter, one is left asking two questions: why now, and what does music add to the story?” (The Guardian 24th Oct 2013).

Time Out “Let’s be honest: an all-singing adaptation of James Jones’s sprawling novel From Here to Eternity sounds like an cataclysmically daft idea. But in actual fact, Tim Rice’s first new musical in 13 years very nearly works.” “Blandly affable Darius Campbell and pouting Rebecca Thornhill struggle to inject interest into poorly sketched characters, lumbering ballads and an asinine love story. You can help but feel that everyone involved knows the only point of the whole romance is the arse-baring love scene that closes the first half.” Time Out Andrzej Lukowski 23th Oct 2013.

Daily Mail “A ridiculous musical which could become a camp classic” “This one is a hoot, not necessarily by intention. It contains soupy tunes, glistening biceps, reality star Darius Campbell and his jawline, and generally more corn than even the leading breakfast cereal brands”. “Director Tamara Harvey gives everything maximum wallop. Cliches abound, from the smoulderin-loner scene in the Army dorm’s when a new guy arrives, to the inevitable assault course when NCOs try to break rebel Prewitt.”

Sgt Warden swaggers into Mrs Holmes’s living room and tries that subtle chat-up line I wanna go to bed with you. Nothing like getting on with the plot, is there? Leading man: Reality star Darius Campbell and his jawline lead the way. Before you can say star-spangled banner’s she is up on the table, down to her smalls. From Here To Eternity? From nought to 60 in three seconds, more like. From Here To Eternity is harmless nonsense.The Daily Mail Quentin Letts 23 Oct 2013.

Ok I have picked the bones out of all the reviews, but having read them all I guess there all basically just saying its OK. Lets face the West End is a hard town. One might think if they had let in run into summer that the Box Office would rise, of course I am not paying the bills and the sums must add up to closing, I am so sorry to see this go with out a fight, sorry Private Prewitt “Fight the Fight”

A little more coming on Stephen Ward

Cheers Steve at Theatregold.com

First Post

From Here to Eternity the brand new musical coming to London’s West End Sept/Oct 2013

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Previews from 30 September Shaftesbury Theatre London

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson’s new stage musical From Here to Eternity which begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 30 September. Darius Campbell (Chicago, West End) will play Warden, Siubhan Harrison (Grease, West End) will play Lorene, Robert Lonsdale (Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse) will play Prewitt, Ryan Sampson (Open Court, Royal Court) will play Maggio and Rebecca Thornhill (South Pacific, UK tour) will play Karen.

The cast also includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Marc Antolin, Julie Armstrong, James Ballanger, John Brannoch, Abigail Climer, Brian Doherty, Jessica Ellen, Dale Evans, Shimi Goodman, Kirby Hughes, Lauren Ingram, Dean John-Wilson, Joshua Lacey, Carolyn Maitland, Nuno Queimado, Lucinda Shaw, Warren Sollars, David Stoller, Rebecca Sutherland, Laura Tyrer, Adam Vaughan, Lauren Varnham, Stephen Webb and Matthew Wesley.

The official plot synopsis of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is as follows: “Pearl Harbor, 1941, where the girls sing ‘don’cha like Hawaii,’ the men of G Company sing the blues, and where even on an army base, love and desire are never very far away. When the troubled Private Prewitt falls for the kind hearted escort club girl Lorene, and when his platoon sergeant, Warden, embarks on a dangerous affair with his commanding officer’s wife, Karen, the lives of both men are set on a course they cannot control. As war approaches, the worlds of the four lovers and the soldiers of G Company are dramatically ripped apart.”

Adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, this gripping tale of illicit love and army life unites the writing talents ofTim Rice (lyrics), Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book). It marks Tim’s first new stage musical for over ten years and Stuart’s West End debut.

Published in 1951, From Here to Eternity was James Jones’ debut novel. It won him the National Book Award for fiction in 1952. The narrative is loosely based on Jones’ experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served. In 1953 the novel was adapted into a film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Buddy Adler, starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The film won 8 Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.

 

 

 

Principal Roles and Cast members

 

Warden – Darius Campbell

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Darius Campbell (born Darius Campbell-Danesh, 19 August 1980), also known professionally either as Darius Danesh or Darius, is a Scottish platinum-selling singer-songwriter, a West End stage actor, an operatic baritone, an author, and an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.

Lorene – Siubhan Harrison

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Singer-and West End Actor, performed in West End shows such as, Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, Grease and Marguerite, as well as the Opera Carmen, and UK tours of the musicals, The Stripper and Bad Girls. I have appeared in plays at the Almedia, Tristan Bates and Finborough and for Headlong Theatre company.

Private Prewitt – Robert Lonsdale

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West End, Broadway, Film and TV Actor. Trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, graduating in 2008. Starred in Brilliant Adventures, A Life,Made in Dagenham, From Here to Eternity(Work Shop), Anna Christie, Finding Neverland, La Bete.

Maggio – Ryan Sampson

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Ryan Oliver Sampson (born 28 November 1985) is an English actor best known for playing Grumio in the British sitcom Plebs and Alex Venables in After You’ve Gone, where he played the son of Jimmy Venables, played by Nicholas Lyndhurst. Theatre includes -Floyd Collins, The Kitchen Sink,Sixty Six Books,Canary,Dido, Queen of Carthage,The Miracle

Karen – Rebecca Thornhill

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Singer, West End, Film and TV Actor. Theatre Credits include Mary Poppins, Show Boat, Showstopper, Chicago, Ragtime, The Full Monty, Witches of Eastwick, Les Miserables, Oklahoma! Concerts – Broadway to West end, Three Witches, Gilbert O,Sullivan, Les Miserables 10 Anniversary, Songs of Jason Robert Brown.

Full Cast

Keisha Amponsa Banson Ensemble (Trio)
Marc Antolin (Clark)
Julie Armstrong Ensemble (Mrs Kipfer)
James Ballanger Ensemble
John Brannoch Ensemble (Tommy)
Darius Campbell (Warden)
Abigail Climer Ensemble
Brian Doherty Judson
Jessica Ellen Swing
Dale Evans Swing
Shimi Goodman Drag Queen
Siubhan Harrison Lorene
Kirby Hughes Ensemble
Lauren Ingram Swing
Dean John-Wilson Ensemble (Cadet)
Joshua Lacey Bloom
Robert Lonsdale Prewitt
Carolyn Maitland Ensemble
Nuno Queimado Ensemble
Ryan Sampson Maggio
Lucinda Shaw Ensemble (Sandra, Trio)
Warren Sollars Anderson
David Stoller Galovitch
Rebecca Sutherland Ensemble
Rebecca Thornhill Karen
Laura Tyrer Ensemble (Billie)
Lauren Varnham Ensemble
Adam Vaughan Ensemble
Stephen Webb Ensemble(Hal)
Matthew Wesley Swing (Dance Captain)

Creative

Tim Rice Lyrics & Producer
Stuart Brayson Music
Bill Oakes Book
Tamara Harvey Director
Soutra Gilmour Set & Costume Designer
Javier De Frutos Choreographer
Bruno Poet Lighting Designer
Mick Potter Sound Designer
Jon Driscoll Video Designer
David White Orchestrator & Musical Supervisor
Kate Waters Fight Director
Pippa Ailion CDG Casting Director
James Jones Novelist
Lee Menzies Producer

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From Here to Eternity the Musical WebSite

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In 1953 the novel was adapted into a film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Buddy Adler, starring Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The film won 8 Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.

 

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