Great Women head to Salford
14 November 2023
Reporter: David Chadderton
Award-winning musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is coming to The Lowry, Salford from Tuesday 5 December 2023 to Sunday 7 January 2024.
This pop musical, from one of the producers of SIX, is based on the popular book by Suffragette relative Kate Pankhurst.
Women from history are brought to life on stage, including Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Mary Seacole, Frida Kahlo, Jane Austen and Pankhurst’s own relative Emmeline.
When inquisitive heroine Jade breaks away from her school trip to the local museum to peek at the Gallery of Greatness, she meets women from the past whose actions and lives changed the world as we know it, including explorers, scientists, artists and secret agents.
The cast includes Elena Breschi (Kindertransport, Nottingham Playhouse, SIX, Norwegian Cruise Line; Locked Up Abroad, National Geographic);, Jennifer Caldwell (SIX, UK tour; American Idiot, UK tour; Mamma Mia!, West End), Georgia Grant-Anderson (Secret Life of Boys, CBBC; Demon Dentist, UK tour; Beauty and the Beast, Lighthouse Poole), Chlöe Hart (Wicked and Kinky Boots, West End; SIX, UK tour; Girlfriends, ITV), Leah Vassell (West Side Story, Krizanke Theatre; SIX, West End), Millie Kiss (White Christmas, Liverpool Empire; The Cursed, LD Entertainment; The Date, Candid Broad Productions), Summer Priest (Get Up Stand Up!, West End; Heathers, UK tour) and Rachel Seirian (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, West End and Los Angeles; Strictly: It Takes Two, BBC; A Christmas Carol, RSC).
The show is written by Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky’s Edge, National Theatre; Faustus: That Damned Woman, Headlong) with music by Miranda Cooper, whose songs include "Sound of the Underground", "Round Round" and "The Promise", and Jennifer Decilveo, with live arrangements by Jen Green (Beverley Knight; Pixie Lott).
The director is Amy Hodge (Mr Gum and The Dancing Bear – The Musical!, National Theatre), designer is Joanna Scotcher (Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe / Vaudeville Theatre), choreographer is Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe (Dick Whittington, National Theatre), lighting designer is Zoe Spurr (Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe / Vaudeville Theatre) and sound design is by Carolyn Downing (Summer & Smoke, Almeida / Duke of York’s Theatre) with Rob Bettle (Frozen: The Musical, Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Billy Elliot, UK tour; One Man, Two Guvnors, Theatre Royal Haymarket).
- Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World - Adapted by Chris Bush, lyrics by Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo, music by Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo (Kenny Wax Family Entertainment in association with MAST Mayflower Studios)