Falkirk actors help revive forgotten Rogers and Hammerstein musical in the West End

Rogers and Hammerstein's forgotten musical 'Pipe Dream'
Rogers and Hammerstein's forgotten musical 'Pipe Dream'

A forgotten Rogers and Hammerstein musical has made its London debut - with two former Falkirk Youth Theatre members as part of the cast.

Kieran Brown (35) and David Haydn (31) have swapped the Falkirk Town Hall stage for the West End to perform Pipe Dream at the Union Theatre.

The musical premiered on Broadway on November 30, 1955, but closed in June the following year.

Set in Monterey, California, the musical, based on John Steinbeck’s short novel Sweet Thursday, tells the story of the romance between Doc, played by Kieran, a marine biologist, and Suzy, who works as a prostitute. David plays the role of Mac.

Kieran, who has also appeared in ‘Wicked’ and ‘Love Never Dies’, said: “It’s been a really lovely production to be part of.

“It’s a strange little piece, a bit of a curiosity – it was Rogers and Hammerstein’s one big flop musical and it got completely forgotten about so no one knows any of the songs from it.

“We’ve had great reviews though and the feedback has been great.

“David and I were never in youth theatre at the same time, although we knew of each other through friends, so it’s been great working together on this.”

Pipe Dream is running at The Union until Saturday, August 31.

After that Kieran will be heading to Vienna where he will join the cast of Tick Tick Boom, written by the author of Rent. While in Vienna, he will also take part in a concert version of ‘Love Never Dies’ – in German!

Kieran added: “When I saw that the concert coincided with when I would be in Vienna, I contacted the casting director.

“I will be doing the same part I played in London – but I will be doing it in German!”

Later this year, Kieran will be on stage a little closer to home as he plays the role of Prince Charming in ‘Cinderella’ at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow. The panto will also feature Karen Dunbar as the ‘Slave of the Ring’ and Des Clark as Wishee Washee.