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The great Bob Marley's extraordinary life will be immortalised in a brand new musical in 2021! With a book by Billy Elliot's Lee Hall and direction from Clint Dwyer this brand new musical follows Marley's rise to superstardom and his cementation as one of the globe's most important artists. Stage favourite Arinze Kene will star as Marley himself in one of the anticipated musicals of the year.
Not only does the production boast of a stellar cast and creative team but it also features some of Marley's most iconic hits, including, "No Woman, No Cry", "Exodus", "3 Little Birds" and of course the titular "Get Up Stand Up"!
This brand new project also has the Marley family stamp of approval with Bob's daughter, Cedella, saying "Our father's music means so much to so many people around the world, we're beyond thrilled to be able to bring it to both fans and new audiences alike in a new way led by the stellar team of Lee and Dominic, and starring the fantastic Arinze. As a family we feel that our father would be proud to know that his legacy is a source of creative inspiration and continues to bring people together."
Beginning his music career in the early '60s Bob spent most of his early career writing, producing and recording with fellow musicians Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer under the name "Bob Marley and the Wailers". Although the group split in 1974 Marley continued to produce music underneath the group's Wailers name. Realising over 13 studio albums Marley enjoyed much success in Jamaica and across the globe, including the US and the UK. Marley is widely heralded as the father of popular reggae with his popularity bringing further attention to conversations about Rastafarianism and cannabis use.
Previews from: 1 October 2021
Opening night: 22 October 2021
Arinze Kene as Bob Marley
Gabrielle Brooks as Rita Marley
Shanay Holmes as Cindy Breakspeare
Sophia Mackay as Judy Mowatt
Melissa Brown-Taylor as Marcia Griffiths
Jacade Simpson as Bunny Wailer
Natey Jones as Peter Tosh
Daniel Bailey, Craig Blake, Charles Blyth, Maxwell Cole, Athena Collins, Michael Duke, Kimmy Edwards, Raphael Estavia, Henry Faber, Cannon Hay, Savanna Jeffrey, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton, Cleopatra Rey, Julene Robinson, Nate Simpson, Archie Smith, Declan Spaine, Jaime Tait and Teddy Wills.
Featuring music by Bob Marley
Book by Lee Hall
Directed by Clint Dyer
Choreography by Shelley Maxwell
Musical supervision and arrangements by Phil Bateman
Set design by Chloe Lamford
Costume design by Lisa Duncan
Lighting design by Charles Balfour
Sound design by Tony Gayle, sound effect design by Ben Grant
Video design by Tal Yarden
Wigs, hair and make-up by Campbell Young
Orchestration by Simon Hale
Musical direction by Sean Green
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