It may seem a long walk down Shaftesbury Avenue to the “wrong” end and the Shaftesbury Theatre but that is what fans of Tim Rice will be doing next year when his new show, From Here To Eternity – the musical, opens there in September 2013 and with a wide choice of hotels nearby I am sure that a From Here To Eternity and hotel Theatre Break will be high on peoples lists of ‘must do’s‘ next Christmas (just as The Bodyguard and Viva Forever! theatre breaks will be this year!)
The musical is taken from James Jones’ 1951 novel set on the Hawaiian island of Oahu just before and during the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Of course most people will remember the Oscar-winning movie starring Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra but at the time both book and movie were edited by the censors. With the book being re-released now freed from the censor’s pen, both book and musical will show a very different side of the famous story.
Certainly the story is made for the musical genre – with strong sub-plots and intriguing central characters. Tim Rice’s partners on the project are composer Stuart Brayson and writer Bill Oakes. The team will be hoping to repeat the success of Rice’s previous credtis, which include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chess, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aida.
From Here To Eternity Theatre Breaks will be available from 30 October 2013 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Nearby hotels include the three star Covent Garden Travelodge and the four star Radisson Edwardian Blu Mercer Street Hotel. Another recommendable hotel is the Red Carnation Montague Hotel which has consistently featured at the top of Tripadvisor charts for its excellent standard of service and presentation.