Paradise Found is a brand new musical created by Broadway directing team Hal Prince and Susan Stroman, and featuring an all-American cast.
Based on the novel The Tale Of The 1002nd Night by Viennese author Joseph Roth, Paradise Found centres on the Shah of Persia, who is feeling low. To list his spirits he is off to Vienna with his eunuch in tow for some new adventures. He promptly falls in love with the Empress of the Empire, much to the dismay of her husband, so a resident of the local brothel – who is a double for the Empress – is substituted for a night of passion. But she is in love with a Baron, who is having an affair with the soap manufacturer’s wife.
The cast of Paradise Found is led by Mandy Patinkin, who came to the West End last year with his one-man show. A regular on the US stage, his Broadway credits include Evita, for which he won a Tony Award, Sunday In The Park With George, The Secret Garden, Hamlet and The Wild Party. He has television credits including Chicago Hope and Criminal Minds.
Directing team Prince and Stroman have a wealth of credits between them. The recipient of 21 Tony Awards as a producer and director, Prince’s work includes directing the long-running musical The Phantom Of The Opera. Stroman is a choregrapher and director whose work on Crazy For You and Oklahoma! in the West End earned her two Laurence Olivier Awards. Her other work in London includes Show Boat, The Producers and Contact.
For more about Paradise Found at the Menier Chocolate Factory, read the First Night Feature.
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