Casting has been announced for the upcoming London premiere of Broadway musical In the Heights, which opens at Southwark Playhouse on 15 May 2014 (previews from 9 May).
The ensemble cast will feature Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Daniela, David Bedella as Kevin, Nathan Amzi as Piragua Guy, Josie Benson as Camilla, Damian Buhagiar as Sonny, Emma Kingston as Vanessa, Jonny Labey as Graffitti Pete, Sam Mackay as Usnavi, Christina Modestou as Nina, Sarah Naudi as Carla, Eve Polycarpou as Abuela and Wayne Robinson as Benny.
Hamilton-Barritt recently starred as Diana in the revival Broadway production of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. Bedella is best known for his Olivier Award winning performance as Satan in Jerry Springer the Opera, and he was recently seen in Putting It Together (St James Theatre). Amzi (Rock of Ages) was recently seen competing in the current series of BBC's The Voice.
In the Heights won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The show, which features music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, is billed as "an exhilarating journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities".
The Southwark production will be directed by Luke Sheppard (Jet Set Go!), with choreography by Drew McOnie (Drunk). Musical supervision is by Tom Deering and lighting design by Howard Hudson.
The cast also includes Courtney-Mae Briggs, Reiss Hinds, Holly James and Dex Lee.
In the Heights, which runs in the Southwark Large unti is produced by Runaway Entertainment Ltd and Paul Taylor Mills Ltd, and presented by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe.