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FIRST LOOK: Anna O’Byrne performs “Somebody” from AMOUR THE MUSICAL at Charing Cross Theatre

Get a first look and listen to Anna O’Byrne’s haunting version of ‘Somebody’ from the premiere of Michel Legrand’s Tony Award-nominated musical Amour at Charing Cross Theatre!

Gary Tushaw will take centrestage in the UK professional premiere of multi award-winning composer Michel Legrand’s musical fantasy Amour at London’s Charing Cross Theatre next month.

Featuring music by Legrand with English Lyrics by Jeremy Sams (from the original French by Didier Van Cauwelaert), Tushaw (Ragtime, Charing Cross Theatre, Allegro, Southwark Playhouse) will star as Dusoleil, the shy Parisian civil servant who magically acquires the ability to work through walls.

He will be joined by Anna O’Byrne (The Woman In White, Charing Cross Theatre; Phantom of the Opera,West End) as Isabelle with Alasdair Harvey (We Will Rock YouSunset Boulevard, West End) as Isabelle’s controlling husband, the Prosecutor.

They will be joined by Elissa Churchill (Elephant Steps, Arcola); Claire Machin (Flowers For Mrs Harris, Chichester Festival Theatre; Titanic, Charing Cross Theatre and UK tour); Keith Ramsay (The Cereal Cafe, The Other Palace); Steven Serlin (The Wild Party, The Other Palace; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, West End); Alistair So (The King and I, West End, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Daniel Stockton (Guys & Dolls, Kilworth House); with understudies Laura Barnard and Jack Reitman.

Announced earlier this year, just a few weeks after legendary film composer Legrand died at the age of 86, his Tony-nominated Broadway debut musical will play the central London venue from Thursday 2 May until Saturday 20 July 2019.

The show’s producer Danielle Tarento said: “Whilst I am so delighted to be producing this beautiful show, there is a tinge of sadness that Michel never got to see Amour in London, something that he sorely wanted. I hope the production serves as a fitting tribute to this extraordinary man.”

Set just after the end of the Second World War and adapted from the short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Aymé, the musical follows the fortunes of Dusoleil who uses his new-found powers to rob from the rich to give to the poor and changes his own life in the process. The show was first seen on Broadway in 2002 where it was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

The Charing Cross production will be directed by Hannah Chissick with choreography by Matt Cole. The creative team also includes: production designer Adrian Gee, lighting designer Rob Halliday, sound designer Andrew Johnson, musical director Jordan Li-Smith and producer and casting director Danielle Tarento.