Peter Polycarpou and Sally Ann Triplett are to star in brand new musical Falling Stars.
The stars of stage and screen will perform in the piece which streams worldwide between November 22 and 29.
It follows the latest lockdown cancelling planned in person performances at the Union Theatre, which have now been rescheduled to January.
Conceived and written by Peter Polycarpou (Man of La Mancha, London Coliseum; City of Angels; Donmar Warehouse; Birds of a Feather) and co-starring Sally Ann Triplett (Finding Neverland, Broadway; Viva Forever, Piccadilly Theatre; EastEnders), the song cycle is an homage to the composers, collaborators, and publishers of the 1920s, who created some of the greatest music of all time.
A teaser about the show reads: “Falling Stars is the charming story of a lost songbook; hidden away in an antique shop on the East Finchley High Road, its discovery unlocks the beautiful refrains of a bygone era. The entrancing production includes the earliest songs and forgotten melodies of composers who went on to become the most famous songwriters of the century, who changed entertainment forever.
“This musical revue captures the spirit of the age as Polycarpou and Triplett serenade audiences with the music of Charlie Chaplin, Irving Berlin, Buddy De-Silva, Ray Henderson, Vincent Youmans, Carl Schraubstader, Arthur Freed, and Meredith Wilson.”
Streaming tickets are £15 (plus booking fees) and can be purchased at stream.theatre
The production will be directed by Michael Strassen (Godspell 50th Anniversary concert; Billy; Assassins). It’s produced by Thomas Hopkins & Michael Quinn for Ginger Quiff Media in association with Guy Chapman.
Peter Polycarpou said: “Falling Stars is a collection of songs written just after another pandemic – the influenza pandemic of 1918, which killed at least 30 million people worldwide. And why did the 1920s roar like they did? Because the music of The Charleston, The Tango and The Foxtrot were an escape from the awful social nightmare of the modern world.
“These songs are a reminder of a time when song writing was both a craft and a blessed escape.”
Thomas Hopkins of Ginger Quiff Media commented: “We’re incredibly grateful to stream.theatre for stepping in to support us and facilitate our production. Once again this gives us hope in this crazy world that we are living in, that our theatrical community will come together to support each other through different mediums such as streaming, as the show must go on!