Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Our House Madness Musical Review And Interview…
Our House is a musical with music and lyrics by Madness and a book by playwright Tim Firth.
The show features songs from the ska/pop band Madness, and was named after one of their popular hit singles, “Our House”.
Premiering at The Cambridge Theatre in 2002, Our House was the winner of the 2003 Olivier award for Best New Musical and has since gone on to tour both nationally and internationally to great acclaim.
Through the music of Madness, writer Tim Firth explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility and dealing with losing the people that shape us.
Alex went to meet Julia Gay & Michael Gibson during rehearsals.
Our House was first staged at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End from 28 October 2002 to 16 August 2003.
Michael Jibson made his professional debut as Joe Casey and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Direction was by Matthew Warchus with choreography by Peter Darling. For a time, the production team struggled to find a performer suitable to play Joe’s love interest, Sarah. The problem was solved when Michael Jibson suggested Julia Gay, his class mate at Guildford School of Acting.
Madness’ lead-singer Suggs was cast for a short period in the role of Joe’s Dad, a role which was also played by prolific stage actor Ian Reddington.
The production won the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. However, it received mixed reviews and closed after less than 10 months
Recorded 2003 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio