Nativity! The Musical opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre later this year, and how better to make it ‘Sparkle and Shine’ than a cast of shining stars.
Daniel Boys will play ‘Paul Maddens’, Sarah Earnshaw ‘Jennifer Lore’ and Simon Lipkin ‘Mr Poppy’. They will be joined by Andy Barke, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Gary Davis and Katia Sartini. Further casting and childrens casting to be announced soon.
Debbie Isitt said: “I am absolutely delighted to be working with this incredibly talented and hilariously funny musical theatre cast who are going to be brilliant in Nativity! The Musical. It truly will be an emotionally soaring, feel good experience with beautiful singing and amazing choreography.”
Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, unruly animals and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including ‘Sparkle and Shine’, ‘Nazareth’ and ‘One Night One Moment’, Nativity! The Musical promises to be the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.
Following the run in Birmingham, the show will play Southend Cliffs Pavilion, Sheffield Lyceum, Manchester Palace, Plymouth Theatre Royal, a London season at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and a Christmas season at Leeds Grand Theatre.
Daniel Boys most recently appeared in “The Boys in the Band” at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. His other West End credits include Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, Grease, Spamalot and Rent. Daniel was also a contestant on the BBC’s “Any Dream Will Do”. Sarah Earnshaw was in the original London cast of Wicked, playing the leading role of ‘Glinda’ on many occasions. Her other theatre credits include Scrooge and Spamalot in London, and Travels With My Aunt at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Simon Lipkin played ‘Nicky’ and ‘Trekkie Monster’ in the original London cast of Avenue Q. His other West End credits Guys and Dolls, Rock of Ages, I Can’t Sing, The Lorax and Assassins.
Written and Directed by Debbie Isitt with music and lyrics by Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt, Nativity! The Musical is choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.