Rehab The Musical Transfers to an exciting new West End venue!
Keith Allen returns to star, with soul legend Mica Paris joining the cast
Wednesday 17 January 2024 at 7.30pm
Following a frenzied, sold-out and critically-lauded 2022 run at the Playground Theatre, Rehab, the exceptionally-funny, darkly-comic musical, is ready, once again, to sweep you up on an emotional journey through the soaring highs, and tragic lows, of the ‘guests’ of the Glade Rehab Centre – this time at an exciting new venue, Neon 194, 194 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9LN from January 12, 2024.
It’s 1999 and jaded 26-year-old pop star, Kid Pop, finds himself in court after being caught red-handed in a drug fuelled tabloid sting. An understanding judge gives Kid the choice between jail time or a rehabilitation centre for six weeks. It’s a no-brainer for Kid: rehab will be a holiday. But how could he have got it so wrong?
A very funny musical about a very serious topic, Rehab deals with the subject of addition and mental health with warmth, humour and heart, written by people who understand it from the inside out.
Written by Grant Black, Murray Lachlan Young and Elliot Davis and starring Keith Allen (Comic Strip Presents, The Pembrokeshire Murders), Christian Maynard (Miss Saigon, & Juliet), Maiya Quansah Breed (Six) and Jodie Steele (Heathers The Musical), with soul diva Mica Paris – no introduction necessary – Rehab balances hilarious comedy with heart-breaking truth, a stunning musical score brilliantly accompanying a timeless story – that of striving to change our lives for the better, one day at a time.
The cast also includes: John Barr (Rehab, Playground Theatre), Carly Burns (Blood Brothers), Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Only Fools and Horses the Musical and Ian McKellen’s Mother Goose), Ben Mabberley (Hollyoaks, Tarantino Live!), Simon Shorten (Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Miss Trunchbull in Matilda) and Rebecca Thornhill (Mama Rose in Gypsy at The Mill at Sonning - Best Musical 2023 UK Theatre Awards).
Creative team: Director & Choreographer Gary Lloyd
Set Designer: Simon Kenny
Musical Supervisor & Arranger: Katy Richardson
Costume Designer: Rob Jones
Lighting Designer: Tim Oliver
Sound Designer: Chris Whybrow
Orchestrator and Music Copyist: Jude Obermüller
Casting Director: Anne Vosser
Assistant Director/Choreographer and Resident Director: Alex Codd.
Producer: Clive Black
Co-Producers: Don Black & Nicola Martin
Associate Producer: Jane Savidge
Assistant Producer & General Manager for Blacklist Entertainment: Jayne Meegan
General Manager: Peter Huntley and Callum Runciman for Smart Entertainment
Blacklist Entertainment is proud to announce
its role as producer of its first musical
The future depends on what you do today!
The Playground Theatre, West London, September 2022
Our new innovative British musical is set to bring a powerful message to London audiences later this year. Darkly comic with characters you don’t immediately expect to sympathise with, you’ll find yourself swept up in an emotional journey with thumpingly memorable songs that you’ll be humming on your way home.
SENT TO REHAB
It’s 1999 and an understanding Judge gives 26-year old pop star Kid Pop a choice of punishment for being caught red-handed in a drug-fuelled tabloid sting. He can choose between six weeks in Rehab or jail. It’s a no-brainer, Rehab will be like a holiday!
But Kid has no idea what lies in store for him at The Glade Rehab Centre. Each of the ‘guests’ at The Glade have their own sordid stories of addiction, desperation and a belief that they will turn their lives around and leave as better people. The brutal honesty, secrets and broken souls suggest a different ending.
Pole-dancer Lucy can see through Kid Pop’s show-business veneer but will her own darkness plunge them both into a life-threatening dilemma? Will Kid’s business manager, Malcolm, weedle his way into Rehab to make a financial killing out of his client’s situation? Can Kid Pop trust anyone, will he find true friendship …or even love?
Balancing dark comedy with an eclectic musical score, this timeless story is about us all: changing our lives for the better, one day at a time.
Rehab is raw, energetic, soulful and cathartic. Everyone is searching for love, peace, serenity and a slightly better fish pie!
Our exceptional production is a social statement on addiction and the desperation and sadness that sweeps over people of all ages, genders and backgrounds.
*Over a quarter of a million of us are in contact with drug and alcohol services every single year, in theUK. Between April 2020 and March 2021,T 130,490 people who actively entered treatment.
Join us for a dazzling spectacle of British musical theatre talent that will set pulses racing and hearts pounding as we learn about the soaring highs and tragic lows of the ‘guests’ of The Glade Rehab Centre.
The arts have always been an important lens for social commentary. But after closing our doors to the public for the last two years, due to the pandemic, we desperately need the power of live musical theatre to bring meaning, light and joy back into our lives.
You can join us in helping to bring Rehab The Musical to The Playground Theatre, West London, 6-17 September 2022. You’ll play an active part in continuing a long tradition of ground-breaking musical theatre.
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2022 CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
We’re exceptionally fortunate to have secured some of the finest talent in music and theatre:
Producer: Clive Black
Veteran British music executive, Clive Black is CEO of Blacklist Entertainment and has worked with global superstars during an award-studded career.
Co-producer: Don Black
Don Black, is an Oscar Winner, 5 time Academy Award nominated legendary lyricist with two Tony Awards, three Tony nominations, six Ivor Novello Awards, a Golden Globe and many platinum and gold discs to his name. He is famous for a raft of epic James Bond theme songs including Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, Surrender and The World is Not Enough. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and recently honoured with a BMI award. Last year he was awarded an Olivier award for his outstanding services to theatre. He has also been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen and is the recipient of an OBE (Order of the British Empire).
Associate Producer: Jane Savidge
As co-founder and head of legendary PR company, Savage and Best, Jane Savidge is widely credited as being the main instigator of the Britpop movement that swept the UK in the mid-1990s. Jane has won four Music Week Awards for PR and has been involved with the concept and promotion of REHAB THE MUSICAL since 2017.