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‘Chewing Gum’ Actress Lands Lead Role in London Musical

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Michaela Coel had critics and audiences cracking up with her quirky yet relatable comedy in the Netflix hit Chewing Gum, and now the funny lady is expanding her talents.

The British actress scored the leading role in Been So Long, a London-set musical based off of the critically acclaimed stage play by Che Walker.

The musical is a modern-day love story set on the street of Camden and will include a diverse mix of funk, R&B, Nu Soul, UK dance and cinematic orchestration. Another cool addition to the production is that it will feature selections from up and coming guest producers.

Coel, who won a BAFTA award for her portrayal of “Tracey” in Chewing Gum, will lead the principle cast as Simone, “a young, spirited, single minded mum with the soul of a poet.”

Check out the synopsis below:

Romance, rage and revenge. Been So Long is a neon soaked, modern day romance set on the streets of London’s musical hot-bed of Camden. We follow Simone (Michaela Coel), a dedicated single mother who, on a rare night on the town is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger (Arinze Kene); igniting old and new feelings. Set against the backdrop of an ever-changing city, Been So Long is a fresh take on love, life and moving on.

Learn more about the project, here and be sure to catch season 2 of Chewing Gum when it premieres on April 4.

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