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Daddy Cool with music Of Boney M with Harvey
Daddy Cool will have its world premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 16 May 2006, following previews from 26 April.
Set in multicultural London, to the music of 70s pop group Boney M (and other Frank Farian artists including Milli Vanilli and No Mercy), this new musical includes classics such as Rivers of Babylon, Brown Girl In The Ring, Ma Baker, Girl You Know It’s True, Where Do You Go, One Way Ticket, Mary’s Boychild.
The show will feature So Solid Crew member Michael Junior Harvey.
Daddy Cool tells the story of ‘Sunny’, a young man who lives for his music. Caught up in local rivalry between East and West London crews, he meets and falls in love with ‘Rose’, daughter of the East End’s notorious club owner ‘Ma Baker’. Echoing Romeo and Juliet, the lovers’ relationship fuels the hostility between the two gangs, leaving their families face to face with past secrets and forcing them to confront their future.
With over 800 million sales of Boney M albums around the world, including 22 Number One hits, the group was a phenomenon and their music has reached far and wide during the past 30 years.
Daddy Cool is directed by American-born Andy Goldberg, with the book by writer Amani Naphtali. Gurinder Chadha is Creative Associate. Choreography is by Sean Cheesman. Set and Costume design is by Jon Morrell, with Lighting design by David Hersey and Sound by Nick Lister for Autograph.
With music from Boney M and Frank Farian Productions, Musical Supervision is by Mike Dixon with orchestrations by Steve Sidwell.
The musical will be produced by Robert Mackintosh and Frank Farian.
Harvey (‘Shake’) was born in 1979 and raised in Battersea (South London). His main priority was football but he had to find success elsewhere when he broke his ankle at the age of 19, after having spells at Chelsea, Barnet and Aldershot FC. Going back to music, he became a member of So Solid Crew, who went on to win two MOBO's, a Brit Award and scored a platinum selling debut album. Since then, he has had stints presenting (and interviewing some of Hollywood's biggest stars) on T4 and hosting "Bump & Grind" on Trouble TV, whilst also participating in charity TV shows such as Channel 4's "The Games" (which he went on to win) and Sky One's "The Match". In 2003 he starred in “Out for A Kill” with Hollywood action superstar Stephen Segal, spending a month filming on location in Eastern Europe and the movie became an immediate cult classic. This winter sees Harvey release a new single after a two year absence from the British music market. Harvey says “I’m thrilled to be making my West End debut in such a bold new musical, and before you start thinking "jazz hands", you'd better stop right there! This show is seriously cool”.