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Stardust Road: London Cast Announced!

Back in May the Stardust Road creative team spent a week in London auditioning over one hundred performers, singing and dancing their hearts out, for the seven roles (plus two swing roles) in the show. After hours of auditions, we found our dream cast, and then eagerly awaited their, and their agents', responses. We are proud to introduce you to our talented cast, each one of which was on our "A-list". Joining us for the fall 2015 production of Stardust Road is:

Joe Aaron Reid is very excited to be making his London acting debut with Stardust Road. Having recently moved from New York City, he is thrilled to already be gracing the stage of the prestigious St. James. Joe began his acting training at a very young age, which lead him to many performances and competitions, both domestically and internationally. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College, in which he was also able to study abroad in London, where his love affair with the city began. Most recently, Joe assumed the role of Stephen, opposite Idina Menzel, in the Broadway musical If/Then, after originating the role(s) of Scott & others. His other Broadway credits include u/s Willie Lopez in Ghost The Musical (OBC), Catch Me If You Can (OBC), u/s Howard in Finian’s Rainbow (OBRC), Fred Casely in Chicago, and Ronnie Driscoll in Curtains (OBC). His Off-Broadway credits include Daniel in Once On This Island (Lucille Lortel), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout/Laura Pels), Howard in Finian’s Rainbow (Encores), Man #1 in Why We Tell The Story (Lucille Lortel), Kismet (Encores) and Joe in Lines (TBG). His US Regional credits include Gabey in On The Town (5th Avenue), Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Williamstown Theatre Festival), u/s Coalhouse in Ragtime (Paper Mill Playhouse), Munkustrap in Cats (Northern Stage), Camelot (North Shore Music Theatre, Boston), Beauty and the Beast (Les Places des Artes, Montreal & Lyric, Baltimore), as well as the world premieres of both If/Then (National, DC) and Curtains (Ahmanson) He also had the pleasure of performing Internationally as Scranton Slim in Guys and Dolls (MIMF, Macau, China). In addition to the shows he has performed onstage in, Joe was also an integral part in the creation of characters in the Broadway shows Lysistrata Jones and Legally Blonde. On television, Joe can be seen as Mark in HULU's It Could be Worse, and as a member of the Bombshell ensemble (Sid) in both seasons of NBC’s prime time musical hit, SMASH. Other television credits include The Tony Awards, The Today Show, The David Letterman Show and Live! with Regis and Kelly, and his voice can be heard on the pilot of ABC Family’s Bunheads. You can also hear his voice on the OBC recordings of If/Then, Catch Me If You Can, Finian’s Rainbow and Curtains. Joe is represented theatrically by James Beresford, and voice over by Fran Chance, at Sheperd Management. In the US, Joe is represented by Vincent Palumbo at VGP Artist Management. Love to F,A,D.

Sarah Bakker Training: Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) Credits include: Windmill Girl & Understudy Peggy in Mrs Henderson Presents (Theatre Royal Bath); Young Heidi in Follies in Concert (Royal Albert Hall); Understudy Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (Broadway); Understudy Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway); Alternate Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (Australia); Annie & 1st cover Roxie Hart in Chicago (Australia); Hannibal Princess & 1st Cover Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (Australia); 1st cover Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Australia); Young Cosette in Les Misérables (Australia); Corps de Ballet in The Phantom of the Opera (Singapore); Evita (Slovenia).

MAL HALL Training: Arts Educational Schools London. Credits whilst training include: Pastor John in Defect (World Premiere), Everett Baker in Crazy for You, Roger Strong in Catch me if you Can (European Premiere), George in Sunday in the Park with George, and Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore. Concerts include: Follies in Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Featured Ensemble in Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2, Olivier Awards 2013. Mal is delighted to be making his professional debut in Stardust Road, and would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.

MATT JOLLY (Swing) - Training: Guildford School of Acting, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (1st Class). Theatre: Ensemble in All Male Pirates Of Penzance (UK Tour); Featured Ensemble in Singin In The Rain (Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London); Young Boy/Fisherman in Pacific Overtures (The Union, London). Credits Whilst Training: Tom in Water Babies, Aaron Schultz/Ensemble in Legally Blonde, Freddie Vaughn/Swing in Little Women, Soloist in Songs for a New World, Charles J. Guiteau in Assassins, Ensemble in RENT, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, GSA Singers & GSA Dancers 2013-2014. Workshops: Edmund in The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, Marcus in Street Dreams. Television: Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball (BBC), The One Show (BBC).

Ngo Ngofa trained at Laine Theatre Arts. Some of her previous credits include Julie in Hot Stuff and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly! (both for Leicester Curve); Gilda in Rigoletto at The Stephen Joseph Theatre; Hattie and Dance Captain in Soul Sister at The Hackney Empire; Abraham Lincoln in Hair, at the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia; Smokey Joe's Cafe at The Landor Theatre, London; Gladys Knight in Dancing In The Streets at the Aldwych and Playhouse Theatre's in London and a UK Tour; Gina Marino and understudy Sookie and Alex in The Witches of 'Eastwick, UK Tour; Jack and the Beanstalk at The Barbican, London; Understudy Myrt in Carmen Jones at The Royal Festival Hall, London; Understudy Clara in Trevor Nunn's Porgy and Bess at the Savoy Theatre, London; Mimi in Rent at The English Theatre Frankfurt; Understudy Dee Dee in Tonight's The Night at The Victoria Palace, London; Understudy Carmen and Mable in Fame, UK Tour; Lolada Falana in Sammy at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

ABIONA OMONUA Film credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Disney). Television credits include: Cucumber (Channel 4/Red Productions). Theatre credits include: Dessa Rose (Arion Productions), The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre), Parade (Southwark Playhouse) Hairspray (Original UK Tour) and Hot Mikado (The Watermill).

ROHAN PINNOCK-HAMILTON began his training at the Audrey Spencer Dance Academy and at the Scala Performing Arts Academy. As a young actor Rohan was a series regular in Children’s Ward (Granada TV) and as a young dancer won the title of North England Tap Champion. He then went on to train at The Urdang Academy in London. Since Graduating he has appeared in Mary Poppins (National Tour); Somebody's Son (Library Theatre, Manchester); Hairspray (West End); Riverdance (International Tour); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (National Tour); Hair (Munich); Some Like It Hip-Hop (West End & National Tour); and The Scottsboro Boys (Young Vic & West End). He has also appeared as a backing dancer for recording artists such as Beverly Knight, Lemar and Kanye West.

KERRY SPARK - Training: Royal Academy of Music; Royal Academy Dramatic Art Associates (RADA); Royal Ballet School Associates; Bird College. Theatre includes: Original Cast of the Multi-Award Winning Revival of Miss Saigon (Prince Edward); Fritz in Hello, Dolly! (CURVE, Leicester); Bailiff/Judge in the Original Cast of the Broadway Production of CHICAGO on the Allure of the Seas (& Audition Assistant). Workshops include: Orville in TheUnderworld (Sticks); VOICES: An Acapella Musical (Lead Vocalist); Blue Planet (Cirque Company); NEW Advanced 2 Boys Ballet Syllabus - ISTD (Soloist). Film Includes: The Heat is Back On (Cameron Mackintoch/Universal); Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney); Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros); And When Did You Last See Your Father? (Sony Pictures); Royal Reunion (Ocean View Films); Allure of Love (Ocean View Films); 'Time to Wander' (Sony Music Video); Advanced 2 Boys Ballet Syllabus DVD (ISTD). Television includes: 25th Anniversay Gala of Miss Saigon (BBC); 2014 Royal Variety Performance (ITV/London Palladium); 2015 Olivier Awards (ITV/Royal Opera House); Chill Out Kerry (Channel 4 Documentary); Musical Theatre Pilot (BBC2); Coca-Cola (2013 Advert); CHICAGO Footage for The 66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS); The Today Show (NBC). Recordings Include: MISS SAIGON: The Definitive Live Recording (Cameron Mackintosh/Universal). "Good things go to those who persist!"

LUCY JANE ADCOCK (Swing, Dance Captain) – Training: Caren Lumsdale Stage School and Laine Theatre Arts. Theatre includes: Understudy Mrs Wormwood and Mrs Phelps in Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre), Pinkette, understudy Pinky and Mrs Cunningham in Happy Days, a new musical (UK tour), Judy Turner and understudy Cassie in A Chorus Line (London Palladium), original cast member and understudy Madge in Top Hat (UK tour and Aldwych), featured vocalist in Ruthie Henshall’s Sounds of Hollywood (UK tour), Hunyak in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), ensemble and understudy Ali in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales Theatre), Dinah in Starlight Express (UK and Scandinavian tours), understudy Serena and Miss Bell in Fame! (Aldwych), original cast member and understudy Winona in Tonight’s the Night (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Silly Girl in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (International tour). Television includes: Strictly Come Dancing with the cast of Top Hat, GMTV – LK Today, This Morning, Blue Peter, Children in Need, John Barrowman's Tonight's the Night, Let's Dance (Sport Relief) with Chicago and A Chorus Line, CBBC's The Slammer with Roller Chicks, Being Victoria Beckham (documentary), Single Girls, Bring It On and Dick Whittington (filmed at Wimbledon Theatre). Other work includes: Bridget Jones - The Musical (workshop), The Devil's Advocate (workshop),

assisant choreographer for Legends of Hollywood (Grosvenor House for Private Drama). Lucy Jane can be heard on the original cast recordings of Top Hat and Tonight's the Night. She enjoys teaching and choreographing for lots of colleges around London.


As you can see, this is truly a wonderful looking and talented cast. Our five week rehearsal period starts on September 21st, in preparation for our October 30th opening. We look forward to sharing Stardust Road with you in the fall at London's St. James Theatre.

Tickets and more info HERE.

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