Interview: Brooklyn-born John Guerrasio embraces his inner monster

John Guerrasio as Armitage Shanks in Love Birds at the Pleasance Courtyard © Steve Ullathorne

Continuing our cast interview series, we catch up with Brooklyn native John Guerrasio, who plays Love Birds‘ resident impresario Armitage Shanks (who also happens to be a certain plesiosaur well known to Scots). Read more about John’s previous credits on the Love Birds cast page. Have you ever played non-human characters before? Is it any different from playing a human …

Watch: The Story Behind … An Old-Fashioned Guy (in performance)

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Writer Robbie Sherman and director Stewart Nicholls explain how the show’s soft shoe shuffle, “An Old-Fashioned Guy”, was put together – including what a tacit bar is and the challenge of talking over music. Actors John Guerrasio and Greg Castiglioni demonstrate exactly how it’s done in performance in Love Birds The Musical…  

WATCH: The Sharpest Smile is sounding happy and snappy

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From keyboard to performance: writer Robbie Sherman talks to director Stewart Nicholls about the lyrics to “The Sharpest Smile” (a song about a parrot’s affair with an altogether different kind of beast), and Love Birds cast members Anna Stolli and John Guerrasio put the new song through its paces in the show…

WATCH: Interview with Love Birds John Guerrasio and Anna Stolli

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What’s the relationship between vaudeville proprietor Armitage Shanks and leading lady Macaw, Vera, in Love Birds The Musical? “It’s a little like Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.” Cast members John Guerrasio and Anna Stolli explain…

Stephen Moore: How to cast a company of penguins and parrots

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What are the challenges of casting a new musical at the Edinburgh Fringe… when the characters are parrots and penguins … and it’s your first time casting for a musical? Seasoned casting director Stephen Moore explains the process behind finding our fine-feathered Love Birds company. When I was casting at the BBC, a TV script would occasionally require an actor …

Full cast announced for our world premiere production

John Guerrasio, Greg Castiglioni, Rafe Watts, Jonny Purchase, Ryan Willis, George Knapper, Anna Stolli, Joanna Sawyer and Ruth Betteridge

Robert J Sherman’s new musical Love Birds follows closely in the Oscar-winning footsteps of his father and uncle (a.k.a the Sherman Brothers), who led the way with Mary Poppins. It’s fantastic, feathery, family fun performed by four penguins, four parrots and a real dinosaur… We’ve searched high (but not so low, these are birds, after all) to find a fine-feathered …