The eagerly awaited musical 'Closer To Heaven' (which Neil and Chris worked on
with Jonathan Harvey for a few years) opened on Tuesday 15th May 2001, it ran
for five months before closing on Saturday 13th October 2001.
It was staged at the intimate 340 seat Arts Theatre in London's West End.
Full address: Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7JB, England.
Box Office telephone: + 44 (0) 20 7836 3334.
Towards the end of 1999 The Really Useful Group, Andrew Lloyds Webber's company,
agreed to finance a workshop. A full cast, director, choreographer and designer
worked on the show and rehearsed it for three weeks, culminating in three private
performances in North London at the end of May 2000 which went very well.
"Actually it was astonishingly accomplished", says Neil. "The idea of a workshop
is to see what worked and what didn't work. It was greeted with a lot of enthusiasm".
The musical which was originally going to be called 'Nightlife', is set against the
backdrop of London's clubland. It features 15 new tracks, including
'Friendly Fire' which the Boys played at the London Savoy Theatre in 1997, and few
tracks from 'Nightlife'.
Below is the complete listing of all the characters and who played them in the musical in England.
Mile End Lee
C. Jay Ranger
Mark John Richardson
Below is the complete listing of all the songs performed in the musical,
including the names of the characters singing them.
My Night Billie Trix, Straight Dave, Shell, Vic, Flynn & Mile End Lee
Closer To Heaven Shell & Vic
Something Special Straight Dave
Positive Role Model Instrumental
Closer To Heaven Shell & Dave
In Denial Vic & Shell
Call Me Old Fashioned Bob Saunders
Nine Out Of Ten Shell & Straight Dave
It's Just My Little Tribute To Caligula, Darling! Billie Trix
Friendly Fire Billie Trix
In Denial Straight Dave & Shell
Something Special (Reprise) Straight Dave
Shameless Vile Celebrities
Closer To Heaven Straight Dave & Mile End Lee
Out Of My System Shell with Billie Trix, Flynn & Trannies
K-Hole (Featuring Run, Girl, Run!) Instrumental
For All Of Us Straight Dave
Positive Role Model Straight Dave
My Night The Cast
Several songs had been written for the musical but were not used.
These include 'The Only One' and 'For Your Own Good' from the 'Nightlife' album
and also the unreleased songs, 'Tall Thin Men', 'A Little Black Dress', 'Home'
and 'You've Got To Start Somewhere'.
The three versions of 'Closer To Heaven' in the show each have different lyrics.
On Monday 8th October 2001 the
Original Cast Recording
Below is the first ever piece of merchandise from the musical. The keyring was free with the
May 2001 issue of 'Theatregoer' magazine.
In 2005 the musical moved overseas to Australia where it opened on
Wednesday 9th June 2005, it ran for just over a week before closing on
Saturday 18th June 2005.
It was staged at the 200 seat Visy Theatre.
Full address: Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, QLD 4005, Australia.
Box Office telephone: + 61 7 3358 8600.
Below is the complete listing of all the characters and who played them in the musical in New Farm, Australia.
Mile End Lee
In 2009 an amateur production of the musical was staged in Brighton where it opened on
Tuesday 22nd September 2009, it ran for 5 nights before closing on Saturday 26th September 2009.
It was staged at the Sallis Benney Theatre by the Theatre City Company. The capacity of the theatre is up to 272 seated and 400 standing.
Full address: Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY, England.
Box Office telephone: + 44 (0) 1273 709709.
Below is the complete listing of all the characters and who played them in the musical in Brighton, England.
Mile End Lee
In 2010 the musical moved to the USA where it opened on Friday 1st October 2010,
it ran for just over 3 weeks before closing on Sunday 24th October 2010.
It was staged at the 497 seat Kalita Humphreys Theater (former home of the Dallas Theater Center) by the Uptown Players.
Full address: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA.
Box Office telephone: + 1 214 219 2718.
Below is the complete listing of all the characters and who played them in the musical in Dallas, USA.
Mile End Lee
Lee Jamison Wadley