La Cava

 

Book by Dana Broccoli

Music by Lawrence O'Keefe and Stephen Keeling

Book by Dana Broccoli

Lyrics by John Claflin and Lawrence O'Keefe

Additional Lyrics by Shaun McKenna

 

“LA CAVA” is an epic musical based on Dana Broccoli’s book "Florinda". 

 

Stephen Keeling and Shaun McKenna came on board for the London production in 1999 adding new material and several new numbers to the show prior to its preview at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in Spring 2000.

 

Directed by Steven Dexter

Designed by Francis O'Connor

Choreography by Mitch Sebastian

Orchestrations by John Cameron

 

The show opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London in 2000 with Oliver Tobias as King Roderic and Julie Alanah-Brighten as Florinda.  It marked the musical theatre debut of Luke Evans.   Later the show moved to the Piccadilly Theatre and ran there through 2001.

 

The original London cast recording was released on Dress Circle Records in 2001.

 

Florinda is sent to the court of King Roderic in Toledo by her father General Julian Espatorias leaving behind her childhood sweetheart Somal. Florinda loathes the routine of the court and fights against it. Unkown to her she has caught the eye of the King and ignited the jealousy of his Queen, Exilona. Somal decides to follow Florinda to Toledo where he is caught and slain

by the King. Florinda vows vengeance. She sends a message to her father that the King has raped her.  War is now inevitable.

 

But as war approaches Florinda finds herself falling in love with the King...

“Lawrence O’Keefe and Stephen Keeling’s score has size, energy... soul”

David Benedict, The Times

 

“The music has genuine colour and imagination”

Metro

 

“La Cava is huge: big themes, grand passions, epic story, towering set and soaring score”

Financial Times

 

“Epic sets, soaring love ballads, a thrilling theatrical spectacle”

Daily Telegraph

 

“Steven Dexter’s production is spectacular”

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