Based on the world-famous Peanuts comic-strip - which debuted in 1950 and continued for 50 years until January 2000, just weeks before the death of its creator, Charles M Schulz - Snoopy - The Musical had its West End premiere nearly 20 years ago in a production at the Duchess Theatre that starred Susie Blake (who later found fame on TV with Victoria Wood) and Teddy Kempner.
Atop his kennel, Snoopy surveys the skies, scene of his triumph as a First World War flying ace. Modestly, he considers his genius. Stoically, he accepts that his brilliance in nearly every field of endeavour will forever go unremarked by humankind. He can but uphold his own high standards. ("I refuse to chase a stick that hasn't been properly sanded and polished") and his own immutable philosophy ("In the book of the life, the answers are not in the back").
The cast for the new production of Snoopy - The Musical includes Sarah Lark (The Witches of Eastwick) as Lucy, Neil Gordon-Taylor (Merrily We Roll Along) as Charlie Brown, Stephen Carlile (Over My Shoulder, Space Family Robinson) as Snoopy, Stuart Piper (Bugsy Malone, Honk) as Linus, Gemma Maclean (Witches of Eastwick, Me and My Girl) as Sally Brown, Cassidy Janson as Peppermint Patty and Alice Chilver as Woodstock.
The musical is directed and choreographed by Joseph Pitcher and Claire Winsper, who trained together at Millennium Dance School and have worked together in the West End and on tour in Sunset Boulevard, Singin' In The Rain and Me and My Girl. Musical direction is by Matt Malone, with design and lighting by Finuala McNalty and costumes by Susan Pitcher.
Snoopy - The Musical has a book by Charles M Schulz Creative Associates, Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw and Michael L Grace, with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Hal Hackady.
- by Terri Paddock