Ruby in the Dust have announced the digital premiere of Dorian A Rock Musical, a new stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The show was originally meant to debut last year, but had to be cancelled two days before its opening night due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has instead been filmed at an undisclosed West End venue and will be available to watch on stream.theatre.
The cast includes Preludes’ Keith Ramsay, A Little Night Music’s John Addison, and Mamma Mia!’s Fia Houston-Hamilton. They will be joined by Robert Grose, Lewis Rae, and Johanna Stanton, among others.
The show follows the success of the London theatre company’s recent production Gatsby A Musical. The adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was filmed at Cadogan Hall.
Commenting on the new musical, Ruby in the Dust said in a statement that “this exciting new production gives Oscar Wilde’s classic an epic, modern twist with a newly composed score that sears through the action, propelled by influences from Bowie to Brecht.”
The music for the show comes courtesy of Joe Evans, who also composed Gatsby A Musical. Evans said that “Wilde, if not a rock star, would have definitely floated in those circles if he were around today. His Gothic prose lends itself perfectly to a rock score, without losing the sense of irony and fun inherent in the text.”
Dorian A Rock Musical will be available to stream from 4-26 June 2021.
Words by James Hanton.
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