Parade of musicals? It just happened

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Jonathan Church says he did not set out to programme three musicals at Chichester this summer but ‘it just happened’.

She Loves Me, opening the season in the Minerva, is an intimate romance that will feature Joe McFadden ,who starred in Chichester’s How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and is also known for Heartbeat and Cranford on television.

The show, not staged since John Gordon Sinclair and Ruthie Henshall starred in it in the West End in the mid-1990s, will be directed by Stephen Mear, who choreographed Funny Girl and The Music Man at Chichester.

At the end of the season comes the long-planned Sweeney Todd with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

Jonathan describes it as ‘the biggest piece of musical theatre we have produced, almost operatic in scale.

‘So then, having watched the audience for musicals here build and build, we felt we wanted to reward those people with something more mainstream in midsummer, and Singin’ In The Rain felt right.

‘We have Adam Cooper in the Gene Kelly role. He is an exquisite dancer who has done Zorro, Guys And Dolls, the dance version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake with English National Ballet.

‘Scarlett Strallen, who played opposite Brian Conley in The Music Man, returns and the production will be choreographed by Andrew Wright, who did our 42nd Street last year.’