closer than ever

playing at the jermyn street theatre
6th may - 7th june 2014


to book: CALL THE BOX OFFICE 0207 287 2875

Judy Davies, Kingsley Manning, Richard Stirling and John Yap for Songsmiths Ltd
in association with Jermyn Street Theatre

Closer Than Ever

Graham Bickley, Sophie-Louise Dann, Arvid Larsen, Issy Van Randwyck

Choreographed by: Emily Maltby
Musical Director Nathan Martin
Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr

6 May – 7 June 2014
Jermyn Street Theatre
Press Night 8 May 7.30pm

Winner of the Off-Broadway Alliance Award
Best Musical Revival 2012


ARVID LARSEN, issy van randwyck, graham bickley & sophie-louise dann




"Closer than ever to a hit ... A pocket-size classic of the American musical theatre."
Michael Riedel, New York Post

"Step aside, little mermaids and littler orphans. The grown-ups have something to say!"
Eric Grode, Critics' Pick, The New York Times

Olivier Award nominees, Graham Bickley (Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Follies) Sophie-Louise Dann (Lend Me a Tenor, Sunday in The Park With George, Gay’s The Word) and Issy van Randwyck (Fascinating Aïda, Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music) join West End lead Arvid Larsen (Eurobeat, Jesus Christ Superstar) in the new version of Closer Than Ever, the legendary musical by Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire. This revised version of the Off- Broadway hit receives its European premiere in a brand new production directed by Tony Award winning Maltby himself (Miss Saigon, Starting Here Starting Now, Ain’t Misbehavin’).

Closer Than Ever is a roller-coaster ride of modern day manners with a focus on the ups and downs of love. From unrequited adoration to aging, from just-mates to marriage rites, from parenting to passing, each song is a different story told by a different character, a journey into the mind of an individual as he or she faces what it is to be human, to love, to lose, to triumph and to love again, all set to tuneful music and smart lyrics.

The original version of Closer Than Ever premiered at the Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre in 1989 where it became an instant hit, running for over 300 performances. With numerous revivals it has become an international phenomenon and its musical numbers have entered into the American modern-day standard repertoire. With new songs added, this revised version, directed by Maltby, opened at the York Theatre in New York in 2012, where it ran from June to November, receiving unanimous critical acclaim. Now Maltby directs a new production with some of the biggest names in UK musical theatre for its European premiere.


“An absolutely exquisite and exhilarating theatrical experience.
4 out of 4 Stars!”
Matt Windman, AM NY

“Closer than ever to a hit. It’s polished, witty, tuneful and,
if you’ve hit middle age, unsettling.  A pocket-size classic of the American musical theater. 
I’m happy to report 
“Closer Than Ever”doesn’t show its age at all.”
Michael Riedel, New York Post

“A truly magical, satisfying experience!Wonderful!
Exhilaratingly comical.  Sung with flair, compassion and wit!
Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“Step aside, all you apple-cheeked newspaper boys
and American idiots, you little mermaids and littler orphans.
The grown-ups have something to say!”
Critic’s Pick!
Eric Grode, The New York Times

“Top-notch! ‘Closer’ goes the distance!
If you can’t find something to relate to here, you simply haven’t lived or loved.
Warmth and wisdom resonate throughout. A spot-on foursome of actors skillfully navigates the tonal shifts of this alternately funny, poignant and insightful show! Terrific!”
***1/2 Stars!
Frank Scheck, New York Post

“If musicals were rated a la baseball’s slugging percentage,
the number for York Theatre’s revival this 1989 revue
would be positively (Babe) Ruthian.”
Ken Marks, The New Yorker

"First rate! Magically comical.  I just fell in love with it!
This show is bigger than its four-person cast and we're closer than ever
to believing in tomorrow because of it!"
Liz Smith, Syndicated Columnist

Given the rapidly receding level of craft in our modern musical theatre, I'm
beginning to think we should keep Closer Than Ever on permanent display.
The greatest pleasure of Closer Than Ever lies in experiencing the sheer
intelligence and depth of feeling in song after song.”
David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America

“Hilarious!Packed with emotion, the sort that sneaks up on you
when you’re not expecting it! Classy! Marvelous!”
Huffington Post

"Intelligent lyrics, beautiful melodies and great performances!"
Kathie Lee Gifford, NBC “The Today Show”

“Deliciously tuneful! Slyly comic. It seems almost impossible not to nod
one's head in agreement,if not just sing along.”
Brian Scott Lipton, TheaterMania

“Energetic!  Breezy, Romantic!
Enacted with devotion by a quartet of polished singers!”
Critic’s Pick!
Eric Haagensen, Backstage

Closer Than Ever sheds light on how two people in any relationship
can indeed learn to be ‘closer than ever.’ It speaks to all of us who
have ever loved, wanted to, or still believe we can!”
Peter Filichia

“Outstanding!Clever, smart … with understated honesty!
Elizabeth Ahlfors,

Fresher and more pertinent than ever! There are many stars shining
ever so brightly at the York!  Smartly staged… breathtaking…
Closer Than Everis simply great.  Go.  Immediately.”
Oscar Moore, Talk Entertainment

“There’s a little something for everyone in this show! For anyone who loves love, loves musicals, loves the million ways we all fall in and out of love with each other in New York City every day, and most of all, loves that crazy combination of laughing through your tears — this is the perfect show!”
Lia LoBellow, Pretty Delicious


songs from the 2012 off broadway cast album

  • "Miss byrd" "DOORS" The Bear, The Tiger, The Hamster and The Mole

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