Harrogate musical set for top York venue

Christian Lunn who stars in Boiling Frog.
Christian Lunn who stars in Boiling Frog.

Boiling Frog, the ambitious new musical by first-time writer and Harrogate man, Keith Humphrey, is set for a performance at the York Grand Opera House. Having premiered to standing ovations at Harrogate Theatre last year, Keith will pay homage to the support he has received from the local community.

It’s this, he says, which has encouraged him to take a leap of faith to the neighbouring city.

“I was nervous last year, it was the culmination of seven years of work and I had no idea how it was going to be received. But seeing each performance at almost full capacity and the humbling reaction Boiling Frog received from the audience, has given me the confidence to take the show to York.”

Described as “the musical of our time,” , the 20-strong cast is a talented blend of youth and experience, most notably featuring award-winning Christian Lunn as the enigmatic Twelve, Edward Leigh as tormented Lewis and Jake Abbott (Gavroche in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables and Leo in The Go-Between) as his son, Joe.

Keith has spent six months re-working Boiling Frog for next month’s two performances show in York.

The story curves are more distinctive and dramatic, the songs and lyrics have been revised and the story flow sharpened. These changes have been enriched by a new director, Robert Readman of York Stage Musicals) and choreographer, Sam Hesketh.

Set in modern day Yorkshire, Boiling Frog explores a tale of love, family, separation, desperation and hope based on centeral character, Lewis, a contented family man whose life turns to maelstrom after his wife announces that she wants a divorce.

Tickets for the two performances on Saturday, August 11 are available at www.atgtickets.com.