- Posted By: Glenn Rice on: Fri, 5th Apr 2013 at 1:04pm
Booking opens today for From Here To Eternity at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre. The new musical begins previews at the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre on 30 September prior to its official opening on 23 October and is the first all-original show from the pen of fabled lyricist Tim Rice in thirteen years.
Rice met his most famous and longest-standing collaborator Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1965, when both were struggling young songwriters. Their first joint effort was flop show The Likes Of Us, based on the life of Victorian philanthropist Dr. Barnardo. They had a bit more luck with their next three shows – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.
The lyricist has also worked with other distinguished pop composers including Elton John on The Lion King, Aida, Alan Menken on Aladdin, King David and Beauty and the Beast, and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson on Chess.
Published in 1951 and loosely based on his own wartime experiences, From Here to Eternity was James Jones’ debut novel and won him the National Book Award for fiction. It spawned an Oscar-winning 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr and a subsequent TV mini-series.
Like the film before it, the stage adaptation of From Here To Eternity follows the fortunes of several members of a military company including Captain Dana 'Dynamite' Holmes and First Sergeant Milt Warden, who begins an affair with Holmes' wife Karen.
Newcomer Stuart Brayson provides the musical settings for Rice's lyrics. The show's book is by Bill Oakes, choregraphy is by multi-award winning Javier De Frutos and it's directed by Tamara Harvey, whose recent credits include last year's acclaimed revival of Educating Rita at the Menier Chocolate Factory and on UK tour, and the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On A Sunday in 2010 / 2011. Casting for the show has yet to be announced.