• Jemima Rooper featured in NMN’s Snappy Title Spotlight

    We at NMN are thrilled to tell you about three exciting concerts coming up soon under the generic title Snappy Title Spotlight.
    All the concerts are on Sundays at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea. Tickets are £15
    On 16th October Jemima Rooper leads the cast in Britannia Rules The Stage. This charity concert in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society will be a celebration of British musicals old and new, and will contain songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, Stiles and Drewe, Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger, Howard Goodall, and others. We are still adding cast members, but so far, as well as Jemima Rooper, we have Will Barratt, Sharan Phull, Jess Singer and Imogen Gurney joining us.
    For booking and more information, please go to: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/britannia-rules-the-stage
    23rd October is an evening devoted to the songs of Stiles and Drewe prizewinner Mark Allcorn. With influences such as Tim Minchin, Marvin Hamlisch, Randy Newman and Robert Lopez, Mark introduces us to an eclectic mix of cabaret, comedy and musical theatre songs. His music has been performed in numerous London cabarets and showcases over the last few years and with 3 musicals and 2 albums to his name, finally we have an opportunity to hear an evening dedicated to his music.
    Cast includes Will Barratt, Alex Young, Jordan Langford, Laura Kaye Thomson, Nathan Lodge, Laura Johnson and Dave O’Mahony.
    For booking and more information, please go to: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-spotlight-the-songs-of-mark-allcorn
    And finally, on 20th November there will be the chance to hear a collection of songs by Mark Goldthorp. Mark, of course, is a highly respected actor and musician, and has appeared on the West End stage (Avenue Q, Sunset Boulevard, Matilda) and on TV (My Family, Sarah Jane Adventures). Mark is also a prolific composer of songs and musicals and this evening is a rare treat – a chance to hear the best of his output performed by a wonderful cast of performers, featuring Dianne Pilkington, Caroline Sheen, Alice Fearn, Matt Harrop, Martin Neely, Tim Rogers and Patrick Smyth.
    For booking and more information, please go to: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-spotlight-the-songs-of-mark-goldthorp
    For all concerts, artists appear subject to availability.
    We really hope you will be able to support some or all of these concerts – they will be three very different, but very special, evenings of musical theatre. If you are unable to come, please feel free to share the details as widely as you can!
    Looking forward to seeing you at Snappy Title Spotlight!


  • Favourite Sins And Chocolate Bars – new songs at the Union Theatre

    Favourite Sins And Chocolate Bars – songs by Alex James Ellison, Robert Gould and Friends

    Union Theatre – Sunday October 2 at 7.30pm

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    Actor/singer/songwriter Alex James Ellison, who recently supported Samantha Barks on her UK concert tour, will present a concert of songs with his music performed by himself and some special guests from the world of West End musical theatre at the Union Theatre on Sunday October 2.

    Alex has performed gigs all around London and the UK, played roles in a number of Off-West End musicals, including “Apartment 40C” (St James Studio and London Theatre Workshop) and “Whistle Down The Wind” (Union Theatre), and starred in “Aliens Love Underpants” on tour and at the Dominion Theatre.

    In “Favourite Sins and Chocolate Bars”, Alex will perform his own unique brand of music (described as “fun pop mixed with sincere singer-songwriter”) – including songs from his debut EP “Duvet Days” and his hit single “Chocolate Bar”. He will joined by guest vocalists, who will sing covers of his singer-songwriter catalogue (a number of which were co-written with actor-singer-songwriter Joe Sterling, who is currently playing Art Garfunkel in the International Tour of The Simon And Garfunkel Story) as well as numbers from the upcoming EP of songs he has written with Robert Gould (librettist/lyricist of the musicals “My Land’s Shore” and “A Pebble For Aaron”, which were named as finalists for the 2016 Stiles And Drewe Mentorship Award). The concert will also showcase some songs from the new Ellison and Gould musical-in-development “Texting and Tweeting – the Musical”!

    The stellar cast for the concert will include Michael Burgen (HMS Pinafore, Pirates Of Penzance, Spamalot), Abigail Carter-Simpson (Aliens Love Underpants, Ushers, Finian’s Rainbow), Jordan Lee Davies (Three Little Pigs, The Shakespeare Review, Les Miserables), Jonathan Dudley (The Book Of Mormon, Titanic, Zanna Don’t), Brandon Gale, Tom Hier (Footloose, Joseph), Chris Jenkins (The Burnt Part Boys, Billy Elliot, Spamalot), Katie Paine (One Night Of Rock, We Will Rock You, Godspell), Kane Oliver Parry (Wicked, Urinetown, The Light Princess), Kayleigh McKnight (Les Miserables, Starting Here Starting Now, Bend It Like Beckham), Cameron Sharp (Jesus Christ Superstar, Avenue Q, Rock Of Ages), Sasha Wareham (Mamma Mia, Wicked). Tickets £12 Book online: http://www.uniontheatre.biz/fav_sins.html


  • Will Barratt Live At The Pheasantry

    Will Barratt Gig

    Will Barratt proved a hugely popular member of our cast at Snappy Title: Making History, NMN’s recent showcase of new songs at major London cabaret venue The Pheasantry.

    We are delighted to recommend Will Barratt Live At The Pheasantry, which is being presented by Auburn Jam Records on Sunday 3rd April 2016. Tickets are just £20, available from The Pheasantry (www.pizzaexpresslive.com), by calling 08456 027017, or through Will’s own website at www.willbarratt.com

    Following a sell-out launch gig and much critical acclaim for his debut album, ‘Confessions of a Justified Sinner’, West End performer and accomplished songwriter Will Barratt (The Producers, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys) quickly rose to the top 20 of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Auburn Jam Records invites you to join Will, his band and West End friends Rebecca Trehearn (Showboat, City of Angels, Ghost), Nadim Naaman (Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music) and Jeremy Secomb (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera), for a night packed with material from the album and songs from many great artists who have inspired Will’s writing & career.


  • “Snappy Title – Making History”: photographs from our showcase

    Photographs from NMN’s recent charity showcase of new musical theatre writing are now available for viewing.
    The concert took place at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London on Sunday 21st February 2016, and featured Will Barratt, Alice Fearn, Kirsty Hoiles, Jordan Langford, Martin Neely and Jessica Singer. The MD and pianist was Peter Auker, and the rest of the band comprised Chris George (guitar), Dominik Told (bass) and Nick Anderson (drums)

    All profits from the show are being donated to the charity, MyAware, which supports sufferers from the condition myasthenia gravis and their families.

    The photographs (taken by co-producer of the show Katy Auker) can be accessed HERE.

     

    Kirsty Hoiles at "Snappy Title - Making History"
    Kirsty Hoiles at “Snappy Title – Making History”

  • Gloria Onitiri and Anderson & Petty release Alzheimer’s Society charity single, ‘Dignity’

    Thursday 28th January 2016 – Auburn Jam Records are delighted to announce the release today of Alzheimer’s Society charity single ‘Dignity’, written by trans-Atlantic writing duo Anderson & Petty, and featuring the vocals of West End leading lady Gloria Onitiri (The Bodyguard, The Lion King, Avenue Q).

     

    The single is available to download via all major online stores including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, and the official video can be found on YouTube. A JustGiving page has also been set up to collect donations from anyone who enjoys the song and would like to give more to support the important work of Alzheimer’s Society.

     

    All donations and profits from the single will go to Alzheimer’s Society, the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their families and carers. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. Alzheimer’s Society believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. They are there for anyone affected by dementia, and do everything they can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

     

    “The new charity single, ‘Dignity’ is special for a whole host of reasons, but with a lot stigma still surrounding dementia, this song is a really fantastic way of raising awareness and vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society. We are so very grateful to Anderson & Petty for supporting us and helping us to continue to raise awareness of dementia. We also want to thank music fans for any donations to Alzheimer’s Society. The funds raised will help us support people to live well with dementia today and fund vital research to find a cure for tomorrow.” –Alzheimer’s Society
    “Barry and I have been working on a song-cycle based on true stories, be they personal, from friends, family, news or historical events. Barry lost his Grandpa a few years ago to Alzheimer’s and we wanted to write a piece from the standpoint of the caregiver, rather than the person with the disease. Sort of a ‘caregiver’s promise’ to the patient/loved one, something to honour the tireless people who step up to the plate when Alzheimer’s happens to someone they love. Barry’s personal inspiration for this tune came much more from watching his Grandma having to deal with everything as his Grandpa started declining. We’re thrilled to have found the perfect artist in Gloria to debut the song, and delighted that Alzheimer’s Society are supporting us with the release as we wanted to be able to give something back to them.” – Anderson & Petty


  • “Snappy Title: Making History” – Announcing the successful songwriters

    We’d like to send hearty congratulations to all the composers and writers whose work has been selected for performance at our forthcoming showcase of new musical theatre songs, Snappy Title: Making History.
    There were some fantastic songs sent in, and the selection wasn’t easy!
    The successful composers are:
    Kara Taylor Alberts, Mark Allcorn, Alexander Bermange, Charles Bloom, Mark Bunyan, Ian Cook and Ian Newton, Dan Furman, Mark Goldthorp, Bob Gould and Chris Orton, Alan Lewis, Annemarie Lewis-Thomas, Eamonn O’Dwyer and Tim Thomas.
    Snappy Title: Making History will be at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London SW3 4UT for one night only – Sunday 21st February 2016 at 8.00pm. The concert will feature an array of West End artists, including Kirsty Hoiles, Martin Neely, Alice Fearn, Jess Singer and Jordan Langford, plus a live 4-piece band. The programme will combine the new songs with well-known songs from established musicals, so there really will be something for all  tastes!
    All proceeds from the concert are being donated to MyAware, a very deserving charity supporting those with the rare, debilitating and sometimes life-threatening condition Myasthenia Gravis, and their families. For more details about the charity, please visit their website at www.myaware.org
    Tickets for the concert are £15, and are on sale now from the Pheasantry (phone 0845 6027 017  ) or from http://bit.ly/1Q1WwIH


  • Update on song submissions for “Snappy Title: Making History”

    The closing date for submitting songs for consideration to be included in next February’s showcase, Snappy Title: Making History, was Friday 18th December.

    We have had an impressively large number of excellent songs, which is brilliant news – but, allowing for the Christmas break, we’re not yet in a position to make any announcements about which songs will make it onto the programme. It will be a few more days until we will reach that stage, so if you are a composer who has entered a song (or songs) please bear with us for a little while longer.

    Please be assured that it is our policy to contact everyone who entered songs with news of the outcome of their submission, whether or not it was successful, although we regret we cannot offer any feedback on this occasion.


  • “Snappy Title: Making History” – our showcase of new (and old!) songs

    Join us for Snappy Title: Making History, the latest in a series of concerts of new songs for musical theatre presented by New Musicals Network.

    For the first time, the programme will intersperse new material (including several world premieres) with established, well-known songs from musicals such as Les Miserables, Cabaret, and lots more. The show features a great cast of West End artists, including Kirsty Hoiles, Gemma Sutton, Martin Neely, Gemma O’Duffy, Craig Rhys Barlow, Jordan Langford, Jessica Singer and Howard Jenkins (all subject to availability). The live 4 piece band is directed from the piano by Peter Auker. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to MyAware (formerly the Myasthenia Gravis Association).

    The concert will be held at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, on Sunday 21st February 2016


  • Tim Connor’s song cycle “Heart of Winter” available from 30th November

    Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year winner, Corrine Priest, and Stiles & Drewe Best New Song finalist, Tim Connor, join forces for the studio recording of new song-cycle, Heart of Winter

     

    Auburn Jam Records is pleased to be releasing the premiere recording of new one-woman song cycle, Heart of Winter. With music and lyrics by Tim Connor, and story and dramaturgy by Lia Buddle, the songs tell the funny, heart-warming and down-to-earth story of Kate, a primary schoolteacher in her mid-twenties, living up North. Her relationship of three years is over, and she is trying to adjust to her new life without Adam. With the help of her mum, her close friends and a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s, she is battling the harsh reality of winter to find the new hope of spring.

     

    Originating the role of Kate for this premiere recording is Corrine Priest. Corrine won the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Award at the Garrick Theatre in May 2014. She made her professional debut in GOD at London Theatre Workshop to rave reviews, and has just made her West End debut as Lucy in USHERS: The Front of House Musical at The Arts Theatre.

     

    “Occasionally, very occasionally, you see a newcomer perform to a standard that you could not imagine being improved upon even by a major star, such was the case with Priest.”

    – Sondheim Magazine (Review of GOD, London Theatre Workshop)

     

    “Corrine Priest gives every indication of being a talent bound for very high rank. This young lady is in contact with every nuance of every line she sings… she is an actress first and singer second… the Janie Dee of the next generation.”

    – Musical Theatre Review (Review of SSSPOTY, Garrick Theatre)

     

    “Corrine Priest stands out a mile with vocals and personality… she then absolutely brings the house down and stops the show as Priest absolutely nails every comedic moment.”

    – The Stage (Review of SSSPOTY, Garrick Theatre)

     

    The recording will be released on November 30th, and will be available to download via all major online retailers including iTunes and Amazon MP3. A limited run of physical CD copies, an ideal Christmas gift for fans of new musicals, can be ordered now via the website Heart of Winter, where links can also be found to purchase sheet music and backing tracks to the songs (available from November 30th), perfect for performers looking for new audition material.

     

    Tim Connor and Lia Buddle say of Heart of Winter:

    “We started to dream up Kate’s story nearly ten years ago, as friends fresh out of university. We worked away in our shared flat, with Tim constantly asking Lia questions about what it was like from a girl’s point of view at different stages of a relationship. He’d then turn his scribbles into songs, after which we’d tweak lyrics and narrative points together. As we both recently reached the milestone age of 30, we felt it was time to share our song cycle with the wider world. Listening back, it captures an important – and joyous – time in our lives. We’re beyond thrilled that Corrine Priest agreed to record the piece with us. Her enormous talent and great sense of humour have brought a fresh perspective to our work”

     

    Further Information:

     

    About Corrine Priest (Kate):

    Corrine is originally from Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset. Before attending London School of Musical Theatre Corrine gained a 1st Class Degree in Musical Theatre from Bath Spa University. Whilst training, Corrine’s credits included Viv Nicholson in Spend Spend Spend, Ophelia in Hamlet (Excerpt), Girl 5 / Whore in Les Miserables (Workshop), Ru / ensemble in Merrily We Roll Along (Workshop), The Kolokolo bird in Just So (Musical), From Page To Stage at The Landor.

    Corrine won the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Award at the Garrick Theatre in May 2014 and made her professional debut in GOD at London Theatre Workshop and since then has appeared as Amy in Girlfriends, Union Theatre and most recently has been playing Lucy in USHERS: The Front of House Musical, at The Arts Theatre after a transfer from its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. She is soon to be appearing in A Christmas Carol as The Ghost of Christmas Past at Blackpool Winter Gardens Opera House this Christmas alongside Paul Nicholas as Scrooge. www.corrinepriest.com  |  www.twitter.com/CorrinePriest

     

    About Tim Connor (Composer/Lyricist):

    Training: The Bridewell Theatre, AMOS and MMD Lab. Shows: Music and lyrics for  The Stationmaster with librettist Susannah Pearse (receiving its London premiere at Tristan Bates Theatre in November 2015); Heart of Winter with story, dramaturgy and direction by Lia Buddle (Leicester Square Theatre and Union Theatre). Tim’s songs have been performed by various West End singers in cabarets and concerts at established London venues including St James Theatre, Crazy Coqs, The Pheasantry, Soho Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall. His ballad,  The Little Match Girl, was recorded by Janie Dee and was broadcast on Loose Ends for BBC Radio, and included in the 2014 MAD for Christmas album in aid of the Make A Difference Trust. Tim’s song ‘The 6:59’ from The Stationmaster was performed at the Garrick Theatre as a finalist in the Stiles & Drew Best New Song competition 2014.

     

    About Lia Buddle (Story/Dramaturgy):

    Alongside writing with Tim, Lia works in theatre production and administration. Currently Artistic Assistant at English National Ballet, previous roles include Company Manager for the ENB 2015 tour to China and Singapore; Assistant to producer Michael McCabe at MMP and Joe Public Ltd (Wicked, Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory); Administrator at Battersea Arts Centre. Lia took part in the Stage One Workshop for New Producers in 2011. Production experience includes: Producer for Amo Theatre’s Tartuffe at The Space; Assistant Director for Pact Imagination Theatre’s Little Fish by Sarah-Lisa Wilkinson at The Space; Producer for Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the European Student Drama Festival Acthea in France; Director/Choreographer of The Musical of Musicals, the Musical! for Throwaway Theatre, winner of an Edinburgh Fringe Sell-Out Award.

     

     


  • Songs of Rob Eyles and Bob Gould Showcase at the Pheasantry in October

    I Wasn’t Thinking At All, a cabaret showcase of new writing performed by a stellar cast of West End and Off-West End vocalists, featuring songs by song-writing team Eyles & Gould, will be presented at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea on the evening of Sunday October 11. The show will include songs from the score of Eyles and Gould’s musical A Pebble For Aaron.

    Rob Eyles is an actor/singer/songwriter whose stage credits include roles in Dreamboats And Petticoats and the epic World War 1 musical 14-18. Robert Gould is the librettist/lyricist of musicals My Land’s Shore, Grace Notes and Based On A True Story (all written with composer Christopher J. Orton), whose album of songs with his lyrics, Words Shared With Friends, was nominated for a Broadwayworld Album Award in 2014 as Best Compilation Album. Eyles and Gould began collaborating in July 2014 and some of their songs were performed at the “Writers’ Playground” concert of new writing at the Union Theatre in September 2014 and some of their work was featured in the concert New Words Shared With Friends at The Battersea Barge in May 2015.

    The concert at the Pheasantry will feature 14 star soloists accompanied by Rob Eyles at the piano and a three piece string ensemble. The vocalists will include: David Brewis (Evita, A Winter’s Tale), Kieran Brown (The Phantom Of The Opera, Pipe Dream, Wicked, Love Never Dies), Michael Burgen (Pirates Of Penzance, Spamalot), Michael Colbourne (Les Miserables, A Little Night Music), Jordan Lee Davies (Les Miserables, Molly Wobbly, The Secret Garden, BBC’s The Voice), Lauren Ingram (Gypsy, From Here To Eternity, Joseph), Karl Loxley (Legally Blonde, BBC’s The Voice), Carolyn Maitland (Miss Saigon, Singing In The Rain, From Here To Eternity, Kiss Me Kate), Shaun McCourt (Warhorse, Joseph), Kayleigh McKnight (Bend It Like Beckham, The Mikado, The Dreaming), Sarah McNicholas (Carrie, Evita, Whistle Down the Wind), Katie Paine (Godspell, We Will Rock You), Oli Reynolds (Duncton Wood, Pacific Overtures), Michael Riseley (Les Miserables).

    “I WASN’T THINKING AT ALL: the songs of Eyles and Gould”

    The Pheasantry, 152-154 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4UT

    Sunday, October 11 at 8pm (doors open at 6pm)

    Tickets £12

    http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/popBook.aspx?showId=11c3a1f8-673c-41e3-99d3-54ef637c752f&showDateId=8575