Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER - THE MUSICAL in London
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Gordon Greenberg set to direct “BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL,” as part of the inaugural MTFestUK, taking place February 18-20. Casting announced.

But I'm a Cheerleader: The Musical, with book and lyrics by Bill Augustin and music by Andrew Abrams, based on the 2000 Lionsgate cult motion picture, will be part of the “Taster Menu” of new musicals in the inaugural MTFestUK, created and produced by Paul Taylor-Mills at The Other Palace theatre in London February 11-23. Gordon Greenberg to direct.

The cast includes Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers), Bronté Barbé (Beautiful – National Tour) Olivier Award-winner Matt Henry (Kinky Boots), Jodie Jacobs (Unexpected Joy), Jamie Muscato (Heathers), Stephen Hogan (Merrily We Roll Along), Ben Forster (“Superstar,” Rocky Horror Show) and Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)

But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical is the story of Megan, an all‐American high school cheerleader who has the perfect life. That is, until she finds out her friends and family suspect her of being a lesbian and send her packing to ‘True Directions,’ a rehabilitation camp to set her straight. It is at this camp, under the strict tutelage of headmistress Mary Brown that Megan meets Graham, a sexy tomboy who shows her exactly what her ‘true direction’ is. Hilarious, irreverent and full of heart, But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical is a quirky coming‐of‐age comedy about sexual awakening and self‐realization.

The 2000 Lionsgate motion picture had a story by Jamie Babbit, a screenplay by Brian Wayne Peterson and was directed by Jamie Babbit. The cast featured RuPaul Charles, Clea DuVall, Natasha Lyonne, Cathy Moriarty, and Michele Williams.

But I’m A Cheerleader: The Musical has a book and lyrics by Bill Augustin, music by Andrew Abrams and is produced by Paul Taylor-Mills and Adam Bialow by special arrangement with Lionsgate®. Musical Direction is by Michael Bradley. Casting is by Will Burton.

Bialow said today “We’re thrilled that Paul Taylor-Mills invited Cheerleader to participate in the inaugural MTFestUK. The writers have done a wonderful job with their book and score by further developing the characters from the original motion picture, making them more accessible to a wider audience without detracting from their true essence in a way that is both entertaining and transformative in the process.” Bialow added “Additionally, in light of the subject matter—conversion therapy—being debated in both the United Kingdom and United States, I believe that the piece is more necessary and unfortunately more relevant than ever.”

MT Fest UK is a two-week festival of new musical theatre at The Other Palace from Monday 11 to Saturday 23 February 2019. The festival will present new work by both emerging and established writers, as well as programming talks and concerts from some of the most celebrated performers, writers and producers currently working in musical theatre. All tickets to events and performances are between £10-15.

Tickets for all MT Fest UK events are on sale now. For further information on the full program, visit www.mtfestuk.co.uk


Gordon Greenberg (Director) Recent work includes: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Broadway, PBS TV “Great Performances”), Guys and Dolls (Chichester, Savoy, Phoenix, 6 Olivier Award nominations), Barnum (Menier), Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish, Toronto), the forthcoming Broadway stage adaptation of The Secret of My Success (Universal), new book for Meet Me in St. Louis (Warner Bros), directing and co-writing Mystic Pizza with Melissa Etheridge (MGM On Stage), The Heart of Rock and Roll (Huey Lewis, Old Globe, Broadway), Jacques Brel… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award noms), Working (Drama Desk), the stage adaptation of Disney’s Tangled, co-writing original movie musicals for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Education: Stanford University, NYU.

Bill Augustin (Book and Lyrics) graduated from NYU with a BFA in drama with a focus on musical theatre and directing, and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where he met composer Andrew Abrams and together they developed Cheerleader, which went on to be part of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it won critical acclaim as well as the audience award for Best New Musical. Bill has also written for Raw Impressions Musical Theatre and various cabarets. He has produced many benefits for charities and helped develop and program the Savannah Film Festival from 2001-2013. He was also the Director of Programming for the first two years of the Indie Street Film Festival. He is currently producing the documentary “Marie’s Crisis” about NYC’s legendary piano bar. Bill has a number of projects in development, including the screenplays Gay WingMan and Ghostlight and sitcom pilot Living History which he wrote with PJ Griffith. He has also written the plays X / Y and The Wrong Son and the web series, LDR. He currently resides in New York City and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Andrew Abrams (Music) received his Master of Arts in Musical Theater Writing from Goldsmiths-University of London in 2012 and is a graduate of the Advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing workshop in NYC where he met fellow But I’m a Cheerleader, the Musical collaborator Bill Augustin. But I’m a Cheerleader, the Musical was a finalist for the Jerry Bock Award and won the Audience Award for “Best Musical” at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Some of Andrew’s other musicals include Some Snap, Delilah, The Death and Life of Mary Shelley and numerous standalone songs. Classical works include two choral works, a wedding psalm, and music to a 12-minute contemporary dance piece entitled “Goddess in 3”. He has also worked in London, Off-Broadway, regionally and on tour in the U.S. as a professional musical director, director, conductor, and Equity actor. Andrew has been a musical theatre professor on the faculties of Mountview Academy, NYU, Hofstra University and several more. He currently serves as Artistic Director of Capital City Theatre, a professional Equity regional theatre and conservatory, in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to a full season of shows and a growing educational program, Capital City Theatre has brought in numerous guests to do workshops and concerts including Adam Pascal, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Telly Leung. www.andrewabrams.net.

Paul Taylor-Mills (Producer) Paul is Advisory Producer to Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Really Useful Group and Affiliate Producer of The Other Palace. Paul trained at Bath Spa University and the National Youth Theatre. He is the recipient of the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Fund for young producers and currently runs the last standing weekly repertory play season in the UK at the Manor Pavilion Theatre in Sidmouth and The Theatre Royal Windsor from June to September every year. Credits include: Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Other Palace): Murder for Two (The Other Palace); The Wild Party (The Other Palace); European Premiere of Disney’s Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Side Show (Southwark Playhouse); The Last Five Years (St James Theatre); End of the Rainbow (UK Tour); In the Heights (King Cross Theatre and Southwark Playhouse - winner of three Olivier Awards); Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse); Carrie –The Musical (Southwark Playhouse - winner of The Whatsonstage Off West End Award); The Cat in the Hat (UK and International tour); UK Premiere of Altar Boyz (Greenwich Theatre); The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre); European Premieres of bare: the rock musical (Union Theatre and Greenwich Theatre); Stiles and Drewe’s Three Little Pigs (Greenwich Theatre); Steel Pier (Union Theatre) and Rent (Greenwich Theatre) - winner of the Broadway World Award 2012 for Best Regional Production.
Associate Producer: The Importance of Being Earnest starring David Suchet (UK tour and The Vaudeville)

Adam Bialow (Producer) Producer and Lionsgate’s Consultant for Theatrical Stage Productions, is a consultant for United Kingdom and United States entertainment companies and previously held executive positions with Lionsgate and Shine International, the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group (a 21st Century Fox company), in the areas of theatrical stage productions and business and legal affairs. His consulting for Lionsgate in the area of theatrical stage productions previously included Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage (West End, North American and U.K. Tours and other productions worldwide). Since 2015, Adam has also been an Executive Producer of the British Academy Britannia Awards telecast and since 2015,
he has also been a Board Member, Board of Directors, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles.


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