Less than a month to go until the world premiere of Emmy Award winning writer David West Read’s spectacular In Dreams
20th June 2023
The countdown is on to the world premiere of exciting new musical In Dreams, written by Emmy and Golden Globe-winning and Olivier Award-nominated David West Read (Writer and Executive Producer Schitt’s Creek, Author & Juliet), which opens at Leeds Playhouse from 3 July – 5 August.
Rehearsal pictures available here give a first glimpse of joyful moments between cast members working to create this uplifting and gutsy musical theatre production directed by multi-award winning Luke Sheppard, featuring music legend Roy Orbison’s most iconic songs including ‘Oh! Pretty Woman’, ‘You Got It’ and, of course, the title track ‘In Dreams’.
This fantastic new show revolves around former lead singer of a country rock band Kenna, played by Broadway and Tony winning actor Lena Hall, as she reaches a critical moment in her life. She throws a party in a family-run Mexican restaurant to reconnect with old friends, while keeping her deeper motivations a secret. Starring opposite Lena is the West End’s Oliver Tompsett as drummer Ramsey, with whom – as these new images reveal – Kenna shares passionate and loving moments full of energy and laughter.
Outside the rehearsal room, Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado uses the inspiration of Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, to create a vibrant restaurant setting, full of colour, light and neon signs.
The full cast includes Manuel Pacific as restaurant owner Oscar; Gabriela García as Oscar’s long-time girlfriend Nicole; Sian Reese-Williams as lyricist Jane; Noël Sullivan as guitarist Donovan; Alma Cuervo as Oscar’s grandmother Ana Sofia; Richard Trinder as widower George; Leon Craig as restaurant head chef Tom; Mark Peachey as Officer Lee, Ensemble, Understudy Ramsey, Understudy Donovan, Understudy George and Resident Director; Fabiola Ocasio as Ensemble, Understudy Nicole, Understudy Bianca; Hannah Ducharme as Bianca, Ensemble, Understudy Kenna, Understudy Jane and Dance Captain; and Pablo Gómez Jones as Ensemble, Understudy Oscar, Understudy Tom, Understudy Officer Lee.
Music Director/ Keys Patrick Hurley
Guitar Steve Bramwell
Percussion David Keech
Violin/Viola Rachel Steadman
Electric Bass/Double Bass Gordon Davidson
Author David West Read
Director Luke Sheppard
Choreographer Fabian Aloise
Set Designer Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Designer Fay Fullerton
Lighting Designer Howard Hudson
Sound Designer Tom Marshall
Music Supervisor Catherine Jayes
Musical Director Patrick Hurley
Video Designer George Reeve
Casting Director Annelie Powell CDG
Casting Director (US) Stephen Kopel
Voice and Dialect Coach Salvatore Sorce
Intimacy Director Asha Jennings-Grant
Associate Director Tania Azevedo
Associate Choreographer Paris Green
Associate Set Designer (US) Oscar Escobedo
Associate Set Designer (UK) Verity Sadler
Costume Supervisor Laura Hunt
Video Associate & Programmer David Callanan
Sound Associate Callum Wills
Casting Assistant Alice Walters
Leeds Playhouse presents
A new musical
Book by David West Read
Featuring the music of Roy Orbison
Directed by Luke Sheppard
Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse
3 July – 5 August.
Box office 0113 213 7700
Book online leedsplayhouse.org.uk