dancer who auditioned for a background function in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella was plucked from obscurity by the West Finish theatre creator to play a lead function within the present.
Ivano Turco, 21, is to play Prince Sebastian within the upcoming manufacturing of Cinderella. The present, which can open in spring 2021 at The Gillian Lynne Theatre, is a brand new tackle the traditional story, written by Emerald Fennell – the Emmy-nominated author of the second sequence of Killing Eve.
Les Miserables and Mary Poppins star Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Cinderella within the manufacturing. Director Laurence Connor and choreographer JoAnn M Hunter are additionally a part of the inventive crew. Each beforehand labored on College of Rock and Joseph & the Wonderful Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium.
Turco, a graduate of Urdang Academy in Islington, will make his West Finish debut within the function – having solely starred in a handful of productions till now.
He was as a result of seem in West Facet Story on the Royal Alternate, Manchester, however the run was cancelled because of the pandemic.
The Zimbabwe-born dancer, who grew up in Milton Keynes, went to his first audition again in July for an ensemble half. After getting by the primary rounds, he carried out in entrance of Lloyd Webber – who requested him to remain for additional auditions.
Turco stated: “I used to be requested to remain behind and I bear in mind being within the dressing room pacing nervously. I needed to dance and sing in entrance of the inventive crew after which… two days later I acquired the decision.”
Concerning the second he discovered he was enjoying Prince Sebastian, he stated: “It was surreal. I needed to preserve my cellphone to verify the decision had occurred and I didn’t dream it. It nonetheless feels bizarre now saying: ‘My function’. I can’t imagine it. It truly is the stuff of fairy tales. It’s a magical story.”
He carried out with Fletcher simply days after his casting – including: “She is every thing that you’d count on. She is admittedly pretty. It may be fairly intimidating assembly folks like her and singing along with her – however she was simply great.”
Talking about Turco, Lloyd Webber stated: “I’m overjoyed to introduce Ivano Turco as our Prince Sebastian in Cinderella. I’m satisfied audiences will fall in love with him, as we did. Straight out of faculty, Ivano initially got here in to audition as a dancer however has a pure appearing expertise, an exquisite voice and an innate appeal and heat and from the day we met I simply knew I’d discovered our Prince!”
On Friday, the forged will launch the second observe – Solely You, Lonely You – from the forthcoming album from the present.
It follows the discharge of Dangerous Cinderella sung by Fletcher, which got here out in October.