Death Takes A Holiday has a lush, romantic score by multi Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston (Titanic, Nine) and a book by multi Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone. It is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which also inspired the movie, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt.
In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.
Death Takes A Holiday was nominated for 11 Drama Desk Awards when it premièred Off Broadway in 2011.
Hollywood star Maxwell Caulfield (Dynasty, The Colbys, Grease 2) made his West End debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago and subsequently played the role on Broadway. He recently starred as Nathan Detroit in the No1 tour of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Guys & Dolls. His other major musical theatre roles include R.F. Simpson in the Chichester production of Singin’ in the Rain, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music. He also appeared on Broadway in the National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of An Inspector Calls.
Zoë Doano has just finished a year in the West End as Cosette in Les Misérables. Before this she played Johanna in the West End transfer of the Tooting Pie Shop Sweeney Todd. She also starred as Marianne in the European première of Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour, directed by Thom Southerland at the Finborough Theatre.
American rising star Chris Peluso made his West End debut this year starring as Chris in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre and then played Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat at the New London Theatre. On Broadway, he was in the original cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, played Sky in Mamma Mia!, was in Elton John’s Lestat and the Balladeer in Sondheim’s Assassins. He was Fiyero in the US national tour of Wicked. His other major credits include The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center), Tony in West Side Story, Marius in Les Misérables, Ted Hinton in Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.