Harry Hill’s Tony Blair-inspired musical to open in London
Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] premieres at the Park Theatre.
Television comedian Harry Hill and his longtime collaborator, Steve Brown, present the world premiere of their debut musical, Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera.] The original musical is inspired by Tony Blair, the United Kingdom prime minister and former band singer. Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] begins previews at the Park Theatre on 2 June, ahead of an opening night on 8 June and performances to 9 July.
Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] follows the politician’s life and the changing public opinion surrounding him. There’s also characters such as George W. Bush, Gordon Brown, and Princess Diana.
“Ask yourself this, if you bumped into Tony Blair in the street would you ask for a selfie?... It’s struck me for a while that Tony Blair’s life is epic, operatic even, in its story arc. I know it doesn’t sound like obvious material for a comedy musical but we’re not laughing at Tony so much as laughing at the choices we made back in the 90’s and early 2000’s,” said Harry Hill.
Harry Hill is an award-winning comedian, best known for series including Harry Hill's TV Burp which ran for ten years.
Charlie Baker plays Tony Blair, joined by Martin Johston as Neil Kinnock, Howard Samuels as Peter Mandelson, Rosie Strobel as John Prescott, Holly Sumpton as Cherie Blair, Madison Swan as Princess Diana, Gary Trainor as Gordon Brown, Charles Angiama, and Marisa Harris.
The show features direction by Peter Rowe, set and costume design by Libby Watson, lighting design by Mark Dymock, sound design by Andre T, and choreography by Francesca Jaynes.
[Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] is at the Park Theatre.
Photo credit: Harry Hill and Steve Brown (Photo by Mark Douet)
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