A reworking of the iconic musical brings the 80s back to life.
By Michael Hartmann. March 10, 2023.
-It’s one of my favorite projects. The words belong to Ben Adams, the lead singer of pop group a1.
He talks about Eugenius!, the 80s-inspired musical he wrote together with Chris Wilkins. A fully staged production received its premiere at The Other Palace in London in 2018.
It’s an 80s-inspired musical about a kid who writes comic books. Additionally, it can be considered a fun tribute to 80’s films, comic books, and nostalgia. The show gained a cult following from an audience of fans who were hooked on the catchy tunes and funny script.
Here’s the 2018 trailer:
Featuring a stellar cast, the show returns to the stage, this time at The Turbine Theatre, next to the iconic Battersea Power Station. The premiere is set for Friday 17th March.
From the theatre’s website:
Eugenius! is a thrilling, high-energy 80s-inspired British musical with a superhero-sized heart and an uplifting score. Eugenius! is a show where geeks rule, dreams do come true, and everyone finds the superhero inside themselves.
The Turbine Theatre wants to be the spark for talented voices. It is also passionate about playing a role in Battersea’s emerging arts community.
Artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills: – The vision is a simple one, to enable world-class artists to tell stories that enchant at The Turbine Theatre and eventually play beyond our London home. We’re interested in being the starting point for new shows and also reimagining the older ones. (theturbinetheatre.com).
And Eugenius? A place where anyone can become a hero.
In 2019, I spoke with Ben Adams about a1 and Eugenius. -It’s one of my favorite projects, he said. He loved sharing the experience with the audience. -It is really nice to sit among all the people and enjoy it with them.
Listen to our conversation here:
An impressive group of actors is on hand for the musical, including Elliott Evans, Jaina Brock-Patel, and James Hameed. Ben Adams wrote the following on Instagram to express his support for the talented cast:
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Excited to be joining the cast of @eugeniusthemusical at the @turbinetheatre as EUGENIE (cover Eugene).
Thank you to @chriswilkinsnelson82 @benadamsuk @hannahinlondon @aaronrenfree for this amazing opportunity.
And my gem of an agent – @StevenPaling pic.twitter.com/88YCjlqWUV
— Sebastian Harwood (@SebHarwood) March 8, 2023
Here’s Ben Adams And Chris Wilkins, interviewed by Red Carpet News TV in 2018. Ben: – Come and be a geek with us!
Eugenius! boasts a pulsating soundtrack streamed by millions. Enjoy!
Eugenius! Runs at the Turbine from Friday 17th March until Sunday 28th May. Information and tickets here: The Turbine Theatre.
Writers: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins.
Director: Hannah Chissick.
Leading the cast, as our unlikely hero, Eugene, is Elliott Evans (Kiln – A New Musical) with his two best friends Janey and Feris being played by Jaina Brock-Patel (SIX) and James Hameed (Be More Chill).
Also starring Naomi Alade (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) as Eugenie (Swing), Dominic Andersen (What’s New Pussycat?) as Gerhard/Tough Man/Dad, Joseph Beach (Ortistic Augasm) as Evil Lord Hector, Lara Denning (Matilda) as Lex, Louis Doran (Bugsy Malone) as Eugenie (Swing), Maddison Firth (Heathers The Musical) as Carrie/Super-Hot Lady, Sebastian Harwood (Treason The Musical In Concert) as Eugenie (Swing) and Rhys Taylor (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) as Theo/Space Diva.
Musical Director – Nick Pinchbeck
Choreographer – Aaron Renfree
Michael Hartmann speaks with Ben Adams about We Will Rock You:
Full story here: WATCH: Ben Adams, the brilliant Subwoolfer: We Will Rock You!
Michael Hartmann speaks with Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read, and (almost) Paul Marazzi from a1:
Full story here: WATCH: My fast-paced interview with a1
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