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Stellar cast for Roy Orbison musical premiere


Lena Hall and Oliver Tompsett will star in Roy Orbison-based musical In Dreams in July
Lena Hall and Oliver Tompsett will star in Roy Orbison-based musical In Dreams in July

Broadway and West End musical theatre actors Lena Hall and Oliver Tompsett will be the stars of In Dreams, the new musical featuring Roy Orbison’s most iconic songs.

Written by Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning and Olivier Award-nominated David West Read (Schitt’s Creek, & Juliet) and directed by multi-award-winning Luke Sheppard (& Juliet), it premieres at Leeds Playhouse from July 3-August 5.

Broadway star and Tony award-winning actor Lena Hall will play lead singer Kenna. San Francisco-born Lena has vast musical theatre experience, with stand-out roles including Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which won her the Tony for best performance in a featured musical role.

Lena will play opposite Oliver Tompsett as Ramsey, a passionate drummer who crashes back into Kenna’s life after a long absence. Leeds audiences will remember him as Phil Davis in the musical White Christmas, but he is best known for playing Fiyero in Wicked and Galileo in We Will Rock You in the West End. He was also in & Juliet.

The story revolves around the former lead singer of a country rock band who, at a critical time in her life, throws a party in a restaurant to reconnect with old friends – though has deeper motives.

The cast also features Manuel Pacific as restaurant owner Oscar; Gabriela García as Oscar’s girlfriend Nicole, and Sian Reece-WIlliams and Noel Sullivan as married songwriting team Jane and Donovan

Director Luke Sheppard said: “With extraordinary talent from both sides of the Atlantic, this company is going to lift the roof off Leeds Playhouse. It’s a privilege to have them join us.”

Leeds Playhouse CEO and artistic director James Brining said: “In Dreams will be an incredible feelgood musical. Roy Orbison’s music is so loved around the world that, when it’s teamed with this amazing company, audiences are guaranteed a wonderful evening out.”


More info and tickets here

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