New musical Glory Ride to make world premiere at The Other Palace this November

New musical Glory Ride will make its world premiere at The Other Palace this November.

The piece, which has a book, music and lyrics by Victoria & Todd Buchholz, will run for three staged-concert performances from 14 – 16 November.

Directed by Shaun Kerrison, the show is based on an amazing, true story from the Second World War.

The cast will be led by James Darch (Mamma Mia) as Gino Bartali, Daisy Wood-Davis (Beautiful – Carole King Musical) as Adriana, Ricardo Afonso (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Dalla Costa, Neil McDermott (Shrek The Musical) as Major Mario Carita and Matt Blaker (The Phantom of the Opera) as Nico.

They will be joined by Tim Rogers (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Graziani, Adrianna Bertola (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Giulio, Pippa Winslow (Strangers On A Train) as Rosetta, Mark Turnbull (Rocky Horror Picture Show) as Torello, Marcus Harman (Dear Evan Hansen) as Felix, Tom Mussell (Footloose) as Fantali, Alex James Ellison (Fiver) as Cosmo, Yuki Sutton (Ride) as Lorenzo, with Olivia Brookes (Pretty Woman) and Leeroy Boone (Phantom Of The Opera) completing the ensemble.

How did a Cyclist, an Accountant, and the Cardinal of Tuscany join forces to pull off one of the most remarkable rescue operations of the War? Glory Ride reveals the untold tale of an Italian Tour de France winner who uses his fame and his bicycle to save hundreds of children from Mussolini’s Fascists.

The show takes place in Tuscany and features soaring, memorable songs, along with a witty book and comic relief.

The premiere production will feature musical direction from Greg Jarrett, video design by PJ McEvoy, sound design by Keegan Curran and lighting design and production management by Dickson Cossar.

The musical has been supported by members of the original producers of Jersey Boys, Glory Ride features some of the West End’s biggest stars and has developed through workshops in New York and Los Angeles featuring top Broadway talent.

Writer Victoria Buchholz said: “we call it Les Mis meets Ocean’s Eleven… This fascinating story could rewrite how the world remembers the Italian Resistance during World War II.”

You can listen to songs from the musical on SoundCloud here.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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