Rufus Norris’ much anticipated re-imagining of his double Olivier-award winning production of CABARET is to star internationally renowned singer/songwriter Will Young in his musical theatre debut as the enigmatic Emcee. The production will play The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End following an exclusive four week tour.
Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2002, Will Young has been one of the UK’s most popular and successful music artists, selling over 9 million albums. He holds the record for the fastest selling debut single in British chart history, and has enjoyed a phenomenal career in music, as well as acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the film Mrs Henderson Presents and making his professional theatre debut in Noel Coward’s The Vortex at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Will’s recent Platinum selling album, Echoes, was a huge hit with fans and critics alike, and went straight to No.1 in the charts.
Speaking of his excitement, Will said: “I am very excited about the challenge of choosing Cabaret as my first musical theatre role. The role of the Emcee is a part I have wanted to play since before I started training at Arts Education in Chiswick when I first moved to London. With Rufus and Javier I couldn’t wish for better people to be surrounded by. I have spent the last ten years, singing, dancing and acting all separately. For the first time I get to do all three in one show. How could I NOT be excited. After the success of my latest album, ‘Echoes’ it feels like the perfect time to step back from pop for 6 months and take on the challenge of story telling in another form and what a story to tell!!!!”
Before CABARET begins, Will prepares to release the fourth single from his current album ‘Echoes’ - ‘I Just Want A Lover’, another electro funk laden slice of truly modern pop from the critically acclaimed release. The video directed by Dan Sully features Will a variety of unexpected scenarios. He will also be embarking on a tour of nation’s forests in June 2012 as part of Forestry Commission Live Music where concert-goers’ will improve their green credentials as income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the local forest for both people and wildlife.
Since its Broadway premiere in 1966 and the famous movie version with Liza Minnelli and Oscar winner Joel Grey, CABARET has won a staggering number of stage and screen awards including 8 Oscar’s, 7 BAFTA’s and 13 Tony’s. Rufus Norris is a multi-award winning theatre, opera and film director whose most recent production at the National Theatre, where he is associate director, was the acclaimed Critic’s Circle Award Winning Musical London Road. Choreography is by the Olivier award winning Javier De Frutos who recently joined forces with Sadler’s Wells and The Pet Shop Boys to create a brand new dance work based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Most Incredible Thing.
CABARET will play at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Theatre Royal Nottingham, Norwich Theatre Royal and The Lowry in Salford Quays directly prior to the West End.
Will’s new single ‘I Just Want A Lover’ will be released on 9th July through XIX Entertainment / RCA Label Group.