Actress Caroline O’Connor is set to star in a revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical The Rink at Soutwark Playhouse this summer. The actress, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical Anastasia, understudied the role of Angel during a London run of the musical in 1988 the Cambridge Theatre. Her other theatre credits also include Nini in the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge, Velma Kelly in Chicago on Broadway, and she was nominated for an Olivier Award in 1996 for her role in Mack and Mabel.
The award-winning musical The Rink skates into Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season from May 2018, for its first London revival in almost 30 years.
With an irresistible score by the legendary Tony and Olivier Award-Winning John Kanderand Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) and exhilarating book by Tony Award-winning Terence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spiderwoman), The Rink originally premiered on Broadway in 1984 starring Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli.
Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern coast of America, is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother.
Heartfelt, tender and bursting with showstopping songs, including Colored Lights and Don’t “Ah Ma” Me, The Rink is directed by Adam Lenson (Songs For a New World & Superhero) and choreographed by Fabian Aloise (Working & Our House, UK Tour)
The Rink is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.