Rachel Tucker and Lewis Corney to star in John & Jen musical at Southwark Playhouse

Rachel Tucker and Lewis Corney are to star a new production of musical John and Jen.

The world premiere of the updated piece will play at London’s Southwark Playhouse between 28 July and 21 August.

John & Jen has music by Andrew Lippa and lyrics by Tom Greenwald, who also both wrote the book, with orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown and Lippa.

A synopsis for the musical shares:

John & Jen is an emotional rollercoaster that explores the dynamics of family relationships.

1985. John & Jen, brother and sister, born seven years apart, grow up together, totally inseparable. Jen makes a “forever pact” with her little brother to always protect him against anything and anyone, including their own dad.

2005. Jen, alone in Canada with her baby boy whom she has named John, a living memorial to the brother she failed to protect.

The beautiful and haunting score emotionally captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America.

Tickets are on sale now from southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

The production will be directed by Guy Retallack with musical supervisor Michael Bradley, musical director, Bob Broad, casting by Leon Kay Casting, scenic & costume designer Natalie Johnson, sound designer Andrew Johnson, production manager Matt Harper and stage manager Robyn-Amber Manners.

Lippa and Greenwald said: “We are absolutely delighted that Bray Productions are bringing John and Jen to the stage as part of the resurgence of London theatre this summer, particularly under the guidance of this extraordinary cast and creative team.

“We’ve also taken the opportunity to make some updates to the script, which we hope will give the piece a fresh jolt of relevance. But most of all, we’re so excited that live audiences will once again get to see our show!”

The show first premiered off-Broadway in 1995 before a revival in 2015. An off-Broadway cast recording is available online here featuring Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan.

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.