Today Walk This Way Productions and Hayes Theatre Co announced the cast of the upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love.
In the role of Rose Vibert is Caitlin Berry a Hayes Theatre Co regular, most recently appearing in Melba the Musical and currently in rehearsal as Amalia in the upcoming production of She Loves Me. Jonathan Hickey (The Fantasticks!) will play Alex Dillingham.
The role of Alex’s charming libertine Uncle George will be played by the Helpmann Award winning Grant Smith. Smith appeared in the original West End productions of Sweeney Todd and Barnum as well as Gus / Growltiger in the original Australian production of Cats and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Rising star Stefanie Jones (The Sound of Music, Dream Lover, Carmen Live or Dead) will play Giulietta Trapani.
Also joining the cast are Jay James Moody (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Marcel Richard, Matthew Manahan (Cabaret) as Hugo Le Meunier, Wendy Lee Purdy (Wicked UK/Ireland) as Elizabeth and introducing Ava Carmont as Jenny Dillingham. Supported by Hugh Barrington, Finn Alexander, Annalise Hall, Christopher Hamilton, Megan Kozak, Michaela Leisk and Sam Marques.
Co-producers and Choreographer Nathan M. Wright and director Andrew J Bevis said, “We’re both huge fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love and were further inspired by a meeting with the shows lyricist, Don Black. The intimate setting of the Hayes theatre is an ideal home for this chamber musical. It’s lush and sweeping score will be showcased with a 12-piece orchestra. Aspects of Love was last produced in Australia 25 years ago. This new production takes you on an engaging journey exploring the ever-relevant themes of lust, loss and ultimately love.”
The story is focused on Alex Dillingham, a young, obsessive student travelling through France, as he falls in love with the alluring, provincial actress Rose Vibert. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Alex’s dashing, libertine uncle changes their lives forever. Based on David Garnett’s novel of the same name, Aspects of Love is a story of passion, love and loss set against the backdrop of post-war France and Italy from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s.
The creative team includes performer – musician Andrew J Bevis in his directorial debut, Musical Director Geoffrey Castles (Aladdin), Musical Staging Nathan M. Wright (High Society – Old Vic, London), Set Designer Steven Smith (Little Shop of Horrors), Academy Award and Tony winning Costume Designer Tim Chappel (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest (Muriel’s Wedding).
Featuring the iconic songs Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember, Aspects of Love comprises a stunning 12-piece orchestration. The soaring romanticism of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lush and emotionally complex score will be brought to life by members of the incomparable Ensemble Apex from The Sydney Conservatorium.
Aspects of Love commences on 22 November at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre Co more information and tickets are available at: Hayestheatre.com.au or by calling (02) 8065 7337.
Featured photo by Chris Parker.