Closer To Heaven revival at the Union Theatre


The Union Theatre in Southwark, south London, have announced the first London revival of British musical Closer To Heaven, which features book by Jonathan Harvey and music and lyrics by Pet Shop Boys, running from 22 April to 23 May 2015, with an official opening on 28 April.

Directed by Gene David Kirk, it will be produced by Kylie Vilcins for Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd, with musical direction by Patrick Stockbridge and choreography by Philip Joel.

Synopsis: "Set against the backdrop of Soho’s pulsing clubland, Closer To Heaven tells the story of Dave, just off the boat from Ireland and determined to make something of himself. He is offered a bar job at a glitzy London nightclub, where he quickly becomes part of an unconventional family including Billie Trix, a fading rock star of the sixties and mother figure to the club's habitues, Vic, the club’s owner and a middle-aged gay father, and his daughter Shell, who Dave sparks an immediate connection with. But will Dave truly discover himself in London, or will he fall into a labyrinth of excess, false agendas and the darker side of club life?"

Closer To Heaven features an original club score by the Pet Shop Boys and originally premiered at the Arts Theatre in 2001. The Pet Shop Boys are the UK’s most successful pop duo, having enjoyed 12 Top Ten studio albums and 40 Top Twenty singles. Writer Jonathan Harvey has achieved success with Beautiful Thing, which returns to the Arts Theatre on 3 June 2015 for a limited five week run.

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