U.Me: The Complete Musical announces cast with Stephen Fry

U.Me: The Complete Musical

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of new musical U.Me: The Complete Musical.

Presented by the BBC World Service, U.Me: The Complete Musical will premiere as an animated feature film on the BBC World Service, BBC Sounds, YouTube, and major podcast providers from 21 February 2024

Stephen Fry will lend his voice as the special guest narrator. The film will see the return of Anoushka Lucas and Martin Sarreal, reprising their roles as Rose and Ryo. Adding to the lineup, Cat Simmons and Kamilla Fernandes will join the cast as Anya and Jade, playing the roles of Rose’s mother and sister, respectively.

U.Me: The Complete Musical narrates the captivating story of Rose and Ryo, two young individuals who meet online during the pandemic and fall in love. The narrative takes an intriguing turn when Ryo travels from Japan to London for Rose. In the second part of the musical, the relationship faces unexpected challenges, pushing Rose to confront the deepest trials of her life.

Anoushka Lucas, known for her Olivier-nominated performances in Oklahoma and Jesus Christ Superstar, brings depth to the character of Rose. Martin Sarreal, an acclaimed East Asian actor and filmmaker, known for his roles in Tammy Faye and Luther: The Fallen Sun, embodies the character of Ryo.

Joining them are Cat Simmons, celebrated for her roles in Fame! and Killing Eve, as Anya, and Kamilla Fernandes, a rising star featured in Grease and Sunset Boulevard, as Jade.

The musical boasts an original soundtrack performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Simon Pitts and Theo Jamieson craft the story, with Jamieson also responsible for the music and lyrics. Renowned music producer Steve Levine, associated with Culture Club and The Beach Boys, produced the music. Dan Masterton of Mighty Pie Creative Studio oversees the stylized character animation.

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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