FIRST LOOK: Yank The Musical, Hope Mill Theatre

We are pleased to bring you these great first look production images by Anthony Robling of the European premiere of war-time love story Yank! which is now previewing at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre. Tickets for Yank! are now on sale.

The musical tells a gay love story set in the midst of World War Two. Based on the real history and events of WW2, it focuses on the life of Stu, a scared Mid-Western youngster who is called up to serve in the forces in 1943. He becomes a photographer for Yank Magazine, the journal ‘for and by the servicemen’. The musical explores what it means to be a man, and what it is to fall in love and struggle.

Based on the Off-Broadway production from 2010, this new version of Yank! is being performed for the first time ever in Manchester and in Europe. The book and lyrics were penned by American writer David Zellnik, with his brother Joseph Zellnik’s musical score paying homage to the timeless music of the 1940s. The brothers have been in Manchester for the preview performances and will stay until official opening night on Wednesday.he creative team are James Cleeve as musical director; choreographer Chris Cuming; designer Victoria Hinton; lighting designer Aaron J. Dootson; sound designer Chris Bogg; and casting director Ben Newsome.

The Yank creative team are Director James Baker, musical director – James Cleeve; choreographer Chris Cuming; designer Victoria Hinton; lighting designer Aaron J. Dootson; sound designer Chris Bogg; and casting director Ben Newsome.

Leading the Yank! cast are Scott Hunter (A Chorus Line, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Stu and Barnaby Hughes (Grand Central, Damn Yankees) as Mitch. They are joined by Chris Kiely as Artie (Sunset Boulevard, Chess); Spencer Cartwright as Sarge/Scarlett (Billy Elliot The Musical, Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk); Benjamin Cupit as Professor (Beauty And The Beast, Eugeneus); Tom Pepper as Cohen/Speedy (Drifters, Crazy For You); Lee Dillon-Stuart as Tennessee (Rent, Les Miserables), Tom Lloyd as Rotelli (Parade, Dirty Dancing); Kris Marc-Joseph as Czechowski (Sister Act, Children Of Eden); Mark Paterson as Lieutenant/NCO (The Wedding Singer, Jerry Springer – The Opera); Luke Bayer as India (Twelfth Night, The 12 Tenors); and Sarah-Louise Young as Louise (Casualty, Doctors).

Yank! runs until 8 April 2017

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