Jodie Steele and Annabel Giles West End star Jodie Steele and well known TV presenter Annabel Giles are to join the cast of new British musical, ‘Rehab The Musical’.

They join the previously announced Keith Allen (‘The Comic Strip Presents...’, ‘The Homecoming’), Jonny Labey (BBC ‘EastEnders’, ‘Strictly Ballroom’), Gloria Onitiri (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Bodyguard’) and John Barr (‘Batboy The Musical’, ‘Les Miserables’).

Andy Brady, Dawn Buckland, Marion Campbell, Andrew Patrick-Walker and Phil Sealey complete the cast.

Jodie Steele’s major musical theatre starring roles include Heather Chandler in ‘Heathers’ in the West End and Katherine Howard in ‘Six the Musical’, Sheila in ‘Hair’, Sherrie in ‘Rock of Ages, alternate Elphaba in ‘Wicked’, Carmen Diaz in ‘Fame’ and Margot in ‘Legally Blonde’.

Annabel Giles has been a model, actress and best-selling novelist, but is probably most known as a TV presenter on many shows, such as ITV’s ‘Posh Frocks and New Trousers’ and most recently ITV2’s ‘My Shirley Valentine Summer’, aired in 2018. Annabel guessed a Gotcha! on ‘Noel’s House Party’ and was a contestant on the 13th season of ‘I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’. She has also appeared in two sell-out one-woman shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Annabel also works as a counsellor/psychotherapist in private practice, and is a tutor at Dunamis Counselling College.

‘Rehab The Musical’, a rock-bottom-to-redemption journey of the soul filled with thumpingly memorable songs, premieres at The Playground Theatre 1 – 17 September, 2022. Press night is Wednesday 7 September at 7pm.

It’s 1999 and jaded 26-year-old pop star, Kid Pop, finds himself in court, after being caught red handed in a drug fuelled tabloid sting. An understanding judge gives Kid the choice between jail time or six weeks in a rehabilitation centre. It seems a no-brainer: rehab will be a holiday. But how could Kid have got it so wrong?

‘Rehab The Musical’ will sweep audiences up on an emotional journey of the soaring highs and tragic lows of the ‘guests’ of the Glade Rehab Centre.

It has music & lyrics by Grant Black and Murray Lachlan Young, a book by Elliot Davis, and is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd (‘Thriller Live’ - 12 years in the West End, ‘Heathers’). Produced by Blacklist Entertainment.

Thirty-five years ago, songwriter Grant Black (Van Morrison, Run DMC, Craig David), found himself in emotional turmoil after a painful divorce and a growing cocaine habit. Grant, the son of legendary Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black, was determined to not let the drugs that were everywhere consume him and he took his future by the scruff of the neck and checked himself into rehab.

What he found there astonished him: people with issues with drugs, alcohol, shopping, gambling, food and sex, and that just barely scratched the surface. Soon Grant began to witness first-hand the brutal honesty, heartbreak, love, bravery, and truth that accompanies such traumatic affliction.

Fast forward 10 years, and Grant met up with superstar poet Murray Lachlan Young, “a Noël Coward for the Noel Gallagher generation”, and a man whose own life had come crashing down around him: the phone had stopped ringing, he slipped into depression, suffered writer’s block, plus a host of other issues left him spiralling into oblivion. Grant and Murray proved to be the perfect foil for each other’s neuroses. Inspired by the need to bring a positive and honest message to the stage by intertwining their own personal stories and experiences, they joined forces with Olivier nominated musical script writer Elliot Davis, who also happened to be a psychotherapist specialising in addictions and trauma, and together they set out to write ‘Rehab The Musical’.

Creative team:
Director and Choreographer Gary Lloyd
Musical Supervisor & Arranger Simon Lee
Set & Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter
Costume Designer Rob Jones
Sound Designer Chris Whybrow
Casting Director Debbie O’Brien
Producer Clive Black
Co-Producer Don Black
Associate Producer Jane Savidge
Jayne Meegan General Manager Blacklist Entertainment / Assistant Producer General Manager Smart Entertainment

Grant Black (Music and Lyrics)

Grant Black was born into song. He is the son of legendary Oscar winning lyricist Don Black. Grant started out working for music publishers and moved into management representing Adam Ant, Strictly Rhythm Records and many more. Grant has enjoyed huge success as a songwriter with artists as varied as Van Morrison, Run DMC, Craig David, Sarah Brightman, Olly Murs, and Corrine Bailey Rae to name a few. Grant is currently writing the musical, ‘Casanova’, with Don Black and Frank Wildhorn.

Murray Lachlan Young (Music and Lyrics)

Murray Lachlan is a cross-platform British Poet, broadcaster, writer, and performer. Poetry residencies include: BBCRadio2 Culture show, BBCRadio4 Saturday live and 13 years at BBC Radio6 Music. He is the author of the 2017 Amazon best-selling poetry collection ‘How Freakin’ Zeitgeist Are You?’ Poetry commissions include Shakespeare’s Globe, Ferrari motors and CERN. He co-wrote the visual screenplay for the Oscar long-listed 2015 film adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’. He collaborated with Electronica giants Orbital in 2020 on ‘The Virus Diaries’. His new play for families - ‘Atom and Luna’ follows hot on the heels of this production.

Elliot Davis (Book)

Elliot Davis’ talents span across musical theatre, film and radio. His musical writing credits include Becoming Nancy (directed by Jerry Mitchell), Loserville (Olivier nominated Best New Musical), Peter Pan (revised book), Out There and Best Friends & Butterflies (Book & Music), TicketMaster (Composer Award/Best New Musical Vivian Ellis Award), What I Go To School For – The Busted Musical, and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (new adaptation) directed by Terry Johnson. Elliot has also been a prolific music documentary maker for the BBC. His first feature film screenplay, Consider Yourself, was com- missioned by BBC Films and stars Geoffrey Rush. Elliot is the inaugural recipient of the JJ Screenwriting Bursary is association with BAFTA.

Gary Lloyd (Director and Choreographer)

Gary is a multi-award-winning director and choreographer (‘Heathers’, ‘Thriller Live’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Fame’) who has worked on arena tours with some of the world’s biggest artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Robbie Williams, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Macy Gray, Girls Aloud, and many more. TV credits include ‘The X Factor’, ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’, ‘The Royal Variety Performance,’ and ‘Comic Relief’. Other credits include two Royal Gala Performances (London Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Artistic Director for the BAFTA Awards, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Concert at the Palace, and Stage Director and Choreographer on the 2005 Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Simon Lee (Musical Supervisor & Arranger)

As Music Supervisor and/or Orchestrator: ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ (Her Majesty’s Theatre);
‘The Wind in the Willows’ (London Palladium and UK Tour); ‘The Little Prince’ (Canada premiere, and symphonic concert premiere in Abu Dhabi); ‘Grey Gardens’ and ‘Grand Hotel’ (Southwark Playhouse); ‘Tell Me on a Sunday’ (Duchess & Gielgud); ‘The Lion King’ (Lyceum); ‘Pippin’ (Menier Chocolate Factory); ‘Love Never Dies’, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Evita’ (Adelphi); ‘The Woman in White’ (Palace & Broadway); ‘The Sound of Music’ (London Palladium); ’The Beautiful Game’ (Cambridge) ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (Broadway & worldwide). For film: ‘Broadway 4D’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (3 Academy Award nominations, including Best Song), ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (International Emmy Award), and ‘Cats’. Recordings include: ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber Symphonic Suites’ (Decca Records) and ‘Cinderella’ (Universal/Polydor).

Clive Black (Producer)

Clive Black’s career in the music business started at the age of 16, as an office junior at Island Records. Clive soon moved into the world of A&R where his ability to recognise talent, sign and develop artists became the start of a promising career. Clive went on to run EMI’s A+R department, left to run Warner Brothers as A+R Director and returned to EMI as Managing Director at the age of 28. He directly signed and released many hit records / artists and has worked closely with some of the biggest names in the history of British music.

Don Black (Co-Producer)

Don Black received two Tony Awards for Best Book and Lyrics of a Musical for ‘Sunset Boulevard’, marking his third collaboration with Andrew Lloyd Webber. They first joined forces to write the song cycle ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ and were reunited again for ‘Aspects of Love’. Additional awards include an Oscar for his song ‘Born Free’, five Academy Award nominations, three Tony nominations, six Ivor Novello Awards and a Golden Globe. Songwriter of many James Bond songs (including ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’), Don was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and honoured with a BMI Icon award. He received the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Honours List and was awarded an Olivier Award for his outstanding services to theatre. Recently, Don’s critically acclaimed memoir ‘The Sanest Guy In The Room’ featured in The Sunday Times best sellers list.

Jane Savidge (Associate Producer)

As co-founder and head of legendary PR company, Savage and Best, Jane is widely credited as the main instigator of the 1990’s Britpop movement. Jane has represented Suede, Pulp, The Verve, Elastica, Longpigs, Menswear, Ultrasound, Echobelly, The Auteurs, Back Box Recorder, Kula Shaker, The Fall, and The Jesus and Mary Chain, winning four Music Week Awards for PR. Her first book, ‘Lunch With The Wild Frontiers’, published in 2019 to critical acclaim - the Glasgow Herald hailed her book as “a 20th century glitter-ball take on Machiavelli and The Prince”, whilst Q praised it as “an eye- opening, read in one sitting autobiography”. Her second book, ‘Here They Come With Their Make-Up On’ (2022), was recognised as “a scintillating snapshot of a time when life really was lived in the fast lane”; (Classic Pop) - and has already become an Amazon best-seller.

Jayne Meegan General Manager Blacklist Entertainment / Assistant Producer

Jayne’s career began in the music industry managing successful record producers. She then went on to work at EMI Records and Warner Records in A & R where the long term working relationship with Clive Black begun. She has successful worked with a long line of artists and has been part of the team for ‘Rehab the Musical’ since 2017.

Music & Lyrics by Grant Black & Murray Lachlan Young,
Book by Elliot Davis

Directed and Choreographed by Gary Lloyd
Produced by Clive Black

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