Plenty of StageFaves will be joining the cast of the first London revival in 20 years of Kander and Ebb’s The Rink when it opens next month.
Stewart Clarke, Ross Dawes, Michael Lin, Elander Moore, Ben Redfern and Jason Winter will play Dino, Lino, Lucky, Benny, Lenny and Tony respectively in the Kander and Ebb show (written with Terrence McNally). They join the previously announced Caroline O’Connor as Anna and Gemma Sutton as Angel. The new production plays at Southwark Playhouse from 25 May to 23 June 2018, with a press night on 29 May.
Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern seaboard, is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother.
The Rink originally premiered on Broadway on 9 February 1984, starring Chita Rivera as Anna and Liza Minnelli as Angel. Rivera won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her performance. The show premiered in London at the Cambridge Theatre on 17 February 1988, starring Josephine Blake and Diane Langton as Anna and Angel respectively.
This new production is directed by Adam Lenson and choreographed by Fabian Aloise, with musical direction by Joe Bunker, set design by Bec Chippendale, costume design by Libby Todd, lighting design by Matt Daw, sound design by Mike Thacker and casting by Jacob Sparrow.