By McManus, Lloyd Malcolm & Taylor-Johnson

Music and Lyrics by Jack McManus and Tasha Taylor-Johnson

Book and Lyrics by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Director Drew McOnie

Cake combines pop melodies and spoken word with 18th century France to retell a story that sparked a revolution. When Marie Antoinette married King Louis, her reputation was already tarnished by gossip. But when she is implicated in a crime to defraud the crown jewellers of a diamond necklace, it is not just her reputation at stake, but the monarchy and France itself.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm was commissioned by The Globe to write Emilia which became a sell out in summer 2018 and transferred to the West End at the Vaudeville theatre in 2019. It

won three Olivier awards in 2020 including for Best Comedy or Entertainment. Previous theatre includes Belongingsand The Wasp and she has current theatre commissions with Headlong, Lyric Hammersmith, Royal Court and Cleanbreak. She is also adapting her play The Wasp into a screenplay for Paradise City Films.

Jack McManus is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and producer. Once signed to Polydor as an artist, Jack evolved into a sought after writer showing his versatility by penning hits across all Pop, M.O.R. and Dance domains. He has had success with a wide variety of artists including The Chainsmokers, Afrojack, Boyzone, The Wanted, The Shires, Shirley Bassey, Martine McCutcheon and more recently Michael Ball & Alfie Boe (including a song on their latest number one album). Jack is thoroughly enjoying his journey writing for Musical Theatre and it is something he is hugely passionate about and hopes to do a lot more of in the future.

Tasha Taylor-Johnson is a composer, lyricist, writer & performer. She’s been tipped as ‘one to watch’, Sunday Times, and her work has been described as ‘different, fresh and original’ by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera).

She was awarded the prestigious Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer position at Leicester Curve in 2017 & continues as an Associate Artist there.

Recent theatre credits include Spring Awakening’ (The Young Vic), ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’, (Curve) ’Cat in the Hat’ (UK tour/ Curve),‘The Wheel’ (Guildhall),’Cotton Fingers’ (National Theatre Wales), ‘Woman & Scarecrow’ (RADA), ’Memoirs of an Asian Casual’ (Curve), The Crucible’ (Curve), ’George’ s Marvellous Medicine’ (Curve), ‘To You’ (National Youth Ballet & Drew McOnie). For TV & film her credits include Dance with Me’ (The Old Vic) ’Rinderland’ (Channel 4), & ’Clean as You Like’, (Amazon) and Wearing Thin’ (Short - 2021.)

Her collaborations with the McOnie Company include:‘Good Morning Midnight’ (Jermyn Street Theatre), ’A Ballet, with Love’ (The Royal Albert Hall) & ‘Shine’ (Sadlers Wells).

She releases her own electronic music under the alias Siren Red.

* Cake was commissioned by Paul Taylor-Mills whilst he was Artistic Director of The Other Palace where it appeared under its former title; Killer Queen.


Drew McOnie


As Director/Choreographer: On the Town (Regents Park), King Kong (Broadway); Strictly Ballroom(Piccadilly Theatre); The Wild Party (The Other Palace); Torch Song (The Turbine Theatre) As Choreographer:Jesus Christ Superstar - Olivier Award Nomination (Barbican/US Tour); In the Heights – Olivier Award Winner (King’s Cross Theatre); Chicago (Curve Theatre); Hairspray (UK Tour); DRUNK! (Curve Theatre/Bridewell); Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); Oklahoma!, (UK Tour); 13 (Apollo Theatre) . Drew is the Artistic Director of the McOnie Company for which he has created Jekyll and Hyde (The Old Vic); Good Morning Midnight(Latitude Festival); Slaughter and Be Mine! (Robin Howard Theatre) Drew is a proud Associate Artist of The Old Vic Theatre.





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