Ben Richards To Star In Burt Bacharach Musical

Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach

A new musical from pop legend Burt Bacharach and Spring Awakening’s Steven Sater has announced it’s cast.

Ben Richards returns to musical theatre for Some Lovers – the head line show for Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage Summer Festival at The Other Palace. 

Some Lovers is the new musical from Tony and Grammy Award winning writer Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), and Academy Award, Grammy Award winning pop legend Burt Bacharach – his first score for the theatre since 1968’s Promises Promises.

A valentine to New York SOME LOVERS is a contemporary parable about the gifts we give one another — a love story, set over twenty years.

Some Lovers

Four actors play two characters, Ben and Molly, caught between the present and past.

Ben will be played by Ben Richards (The Bodyguard, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – West End, Footballers’ Wives, Hollyoaks);

Ben Richards
Ben Richards


Molly will be played by Gemma Wardle (Betty Blue Eyes – West End, Eponine in Les Miserables – West End); Young Molly is Jenna Innes (Charlotte Donne in Animus – The Bridewell Theatre); and making his professional debut as Young Ben is Aaron Kavanagh who graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this month (July 2017.)

Gemma Wardle_Some Lovers_Molly
Gemma Wardle


Steven Sater says:

“Burt and I came to recognise how distinct our love songs were from those ubiquitous pop anthems of young love.

“Our love songs seemed invariably to express a sort of disaffection, a disappointment, a dark joy, or the renewed determination of a more mature, mid-relationship romance.

“What if we revisited that Depression-Era classic story, The Gift of the Magi?

“What became of those young Christmas lovers, twenty years after their happily ever after?

“And that was the beginning of Some Lovers”

Jenna Innes
Jenna Innes


Burt Bacharach says:

“Writing songs with Steven has been a different process for me because most of the time it’s the lyrics that come first and then I set them to music.

“Steven is a very musical lyric writer and it is always a pleasure to take his lyrics with consummate ease and set them and feel very good about the result.” 

Aaron Kavanagh
Aaron Kavanagh


Some Lovers: Dates and Performance Times

    • 24th AUGUST             8pm
    • 25th AUGUST             8pm
    • 26th AUGUST             3pm and 8pm
    • 28th AUGUST             8pm
    • 29th AUGUST             8pm
    • 30th AUGUST             8pm
    • 31st AUGUST              3pm and 8pm
    • 1st SEPTEMBER          8pm


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