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  • Fireworks Greet New Musical Concept Album

    ALL over the country, people will be marking November 5 with fireworks and parties. For some, that might have something to do with Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night. For many others, though, they’ll be celebrating the release of the concept album recording of a brand new British musical.

    TESS, featuring lead vocals by Siobhan Dillon, Tam Mutu and Simon Bailey, will be officially unveiled to the public on Sunday, November 5.

    Written by composer Michael Blore and award-winning playwright Michael Davies, the musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic Tess of the d’Urbervilles is going live on the show’s website www.tessthemusical.com as part of a drive to get the musical fully staged. Followers and fans can sign up to join #TeamTess and be given free access to listen to the whole show.

    Set in the Wessex so beloved by Hardy, TESS tells the devastating story of Tess Durbeyfield, daughter of a poor villager who fatefully discovers that they may be related to the ancient aristocratic d’Urberville family. As Tess is sent to seek respectability with her new-found relatives, she embarks on an emotional and dramatic journey that leads to love, loss and ultimate tragedy.

    With casting by Anne Vosser, the title role on the album is sung by West End and Broadway star Siobhan Dillon, who first rose to fame in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hunt for a Maria in The Sound of Music. She recently played opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard at English National Opera and on Broadway and before that appeared as Ellen in Miss Saigon.

    Tam Mutu, who plays the villainous Alec d’Urberville, is another Broadway and West End favourite. He alternated the role of the Phantom in Love Never Dies with Ramin Karimloo, starred as Anatoly in Chess and won a clutch of awards as Javert in Les Misérables.

    Simon Bailey, who sings the role of Angel Clare, played Tommy de Vito in the West End production of Jersey Boys and is about to embark on the show’s national tour. He’s played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Enjolras in Les Misérables and Pharaoh in Joseph and is a founder member of Teatro, Theatreland’s first supergroup.

    Other cast members include Jacqueline Tate, currently playing Mme Thénardier in Les Misérables, James Dinsmore (Adding Machine, Corbyn The Musical) and Olivier Award-winner Nathan Dowling (Jerry Springer The Opera) alongside a chorus and orchestra of professional singers and musicians.

    Lyricist Michael Davies said: “It’s been a wonderfully exciting journey to get to this point, and we couldn’t have wished for a better cast and technical team. We’ve had amazing support and encouragement from the likes of Sir Tim Rice and, as he delicately points out, what we now need is a producer.

    “If you see Sir Cameron, do let him know…”

  • 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.



  • “In The Dead Of The Night” at the Landor Theatre


    It’s always good to be able to report on musical theatre initiatives which seem genuinely innovative, and it was fascinating to hear about a new work being premiered at London’s Landor Theatre in April – In The Dead Of The Night.

    In the Dead of Night, a play by Claudio Macor will run from 22nd April to 16th May and will be directed by the playwright.

    Acclaimed actress Judith Paris (Doctor Who, The Devils, The Rainbow) will play fading femme fatale Elvira, opposite Ned Wolfgang Kelly as her younger paramour Falchi.  Noted character actor Ian Dring is to play the reptilian Martinez. Tristan Robin has been cast as enigmatic drifter Raul, paired with Susannah Allman as Elvira’s protégé Rita.  Jordan Alexander will play gigolo Massimo and Matt Mella takes the role of mob boss’s son Leandro. Javier Garcia, Danny Harris, Joshua Clare and Rhiane Drummond complete the ensemble.

    In the Dead of Night brings the classic dark, steamy atmosphere of film noir to the stage in this
    tale of eroticism, murder, and power. In a shady South American town at the end of World War II, a gloomy underworld of crime and corruption pulses to a Latin rhythm.  Set in a dockside bar, a black and white world of life and death bursts into colour with its coterie of characters – both gay and straight – under the watch of femme fatale, Elvira.  Unencumbered by the strict censorship of the original 1940s film noir genre, and with the addition of sensual dance sequences, In the Dead of Night expresses desires and deeds never allowed on screen at that time.

    “With In the Dead of Night, playwright Claudio Macor (The Tailor-Made Man, Venetian Heat) has set out to show all the gritty reality of the film noir genre freed from the restrictions of the infamous Hollywood Production Code of the 30s and 40s,” says producer Andrea Leoncini  “In this play, passionate love between both straight and gay couples is shown openly, dialogue is frank, and crime is seen to pay.  Adding to the sense of passion and drama, Macor has woven in scenes of sensuous dance which highlight the erotic tensions and formerly forbidden love”.

    Choreography of the dance sequences will be by Anthony Whiteman (Bel Ami) and, in true film noir style, composer Paul Boyd (Molly Wobbly) is creating an original score for the play’s incidental music and dance.

    Performance details:

    Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Rd, SW9 9PH (Clapham North).  22nd April – 17th May
    Evenings: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.
    Tickets: £18 (£16 concessions) £15 preview on 22nd April.  Press night: 23rd April.
    Box Office: 020 7737 7276 (24 hours) or online landortheatre.co.uk
    Twitter: @deadofnightplay Facebook: deadofnightplay

  • “Treelah” – new musical seeking support through crowdfunding





    Treelah, a brand new family musical being developed by composer Daniel Loveday, is looking for crowdfunding pledges.
    The central character ‘Treelah’ is half child, half tree with a beautiful singing voice that gives the listener courage, but everybody wants a piece of this amazing discovery from the forest and they are prepared to do anything to hear the song. The threat that overwhelms Treelah is a metaphor for the destruction of the environment. It will be performed at Tiverton, Devon, October 30-31 2015.
    The Treelah website, where you can also hear three of the songs: www.treelah.co.uk/index.html

    The producers are looking for crowdfunding pledges towards the cost of hiring rehearsal space between July and October, this will be £740. Daniel Loveday said “If you love musical theatre, or care about the environment, or want to help a community theatre project happen then help us put this show on by giving a pledge. The pledge will reward individuals with tickets or allow businesses to advertise in the programme.”
    Treelah’s crowdfunder site can be found here: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/treelah-community-theatre-project-1
    An exciting community theatre project, led by Patterns Theatre Company (a non-profit group), the show will be cast from in, and around, the Tiverton community and features predominantly young teenagers and adults, although there will also be small parts for younger children. The title character will be a puppet based on the winning design received from primary school children in the learning community. Auditions will be open to all members of the community, whether experienced performers or not, and will take a friendly, fun workshop format. It is also the intention to take workshops into local schools to encourage students who may not have performed before.

  • Perfect for high schools – ingenious new musical with a new take on Lewis Carroll classic


    Is Everybody Happy

    Dan McCaughern and James Colclough’s musical Alice Through The Plasma Screen brings Lewis Carroll’s tale of looking glass absurdity and whimsiness firmly into the twenty-first century, and is already getting performances in high schools.

    It is very loosely based on the classic story – in McCaughern and Colclough’s version Alice (a modern day teenager) is struggling with everyday life at home, and like many young people, loses herself in the world of TV, but on this particular day she passes through the TV onto the other side….

    Here she experiences the happiness, pain, fun and fear of TV – Games shows, Soap Operas, Movies, Talent Shows  etc, but then she finds out that the world of TV is not as great as she thought, going from boring, to tasteless -and at times extremely dangerous…but ultimately limited….and what’s worse –she’s stuck there! She eventually manages to return home to her parents, wiser and excited about the future in the real world!

    Composer Dan McCaughern explained: “The story unravels through a series of sketches and songs as Alice journeys through the various programmes. These are, mostly, self- contained and, therefore, the musical is easy to rehearse, as the scenes each have their own set of characters, with Alice being the link between them.”

    The music score is fully notated and the guitar and bass parts are also available as TAB. Backing tracks and full versions are available for rehearsal and/or performance.

    Kerry Greenwood, head of Drama at De Aston School, Market Rasen, said “It’s great fun, and really easy to rehearse”.

    You can find out more by checking out the NMN page for the musical HERE, and also there are three songs for you to listen to on Dan and James’ Media page HERE.

    Anyone who may be interested in staging the musical is warmly invited to contact NMN through our contact page, and we will put you in touch with Dan and James.

  • New work from the pen of Bob Gould



    Lyricist and book writer Bob Gould has been a friend of NMN since his work was featured in our very first Snappy Title showcase back in 2009.

    Bob is a skilled writer  and his work is always innovative, original, though-provoking and well crafted.

    He has been in touch with details of two new musicals he has been working on: A Pebble for Aaron and Shadow on the Sun.

    Please read details below, together with links to the websites for the two shows.

    A PEBBLE FOR AARON (co-written with Rob Eyles)

    It’s late November in New York’s East Village and it’s snowing. Ray Green, a Jewish man in his 50s, and Bella, Ray’s alcoholic ex-wife, enter Stan’s Diner and proceed to exchange a series of barbed, vicious but also comic one-liners while waiting for their breakfast.
    What are the ghosts from the past that still tear this couple apart with such a deep hurt?

    Why does their dead son Aaron’s former boyfriend, Joey, come to meet with Bella on this day?

    Who placed a new pebble on Aaron’s grave?

    Website (includes samples from the songs): http://bob8rich.wix.com/apebbleforaaron


    SHADOW ON THE SUN (co-written with Omri Lahav and Jimmy Granstrom):
    SHADOW ON THE SUN is a science fiction “musical within a musical” which tells the dual stories of science fiction novelist Jake Temple and the novel he is desperately trying to write.

    “Deep inside reality
    There’s a trace of heaven
    Within a space where hell begins.
    Do we all defy insanity
    When we step inside reality?”

    Website (includes samples from the songs): http://bob8rich.wix.com/shadow-on-the-sun



  • New Musical for a New Year!

    Composer/writer Jonathan Bacchus is developing an exciting new musical called Soundtrap. Its premise is that two middle-aged men meet to listen to and discuss the songs they wrote and recorded together when they were teenagers in the 1960s. It transpires that there is something extremely compromising to one of them on one of the rehearsal tapes. …

    Watch out for more details soon, but in the meantime you can hear some demo songs on Jonathan’s media samples page on this site. Click HERE.

  • Two Exciting Shows You Might Be Interested In

    Here are some details of forthcoming shows which will be of interest to any fan of new musical theatre writing:

    Firstly, October sees the World Premiere of SOVIET ZION, a new musical drama set in failed Yiddish state in Siberia


    This new musical drama tells the story of an American family and a Ukrainian family who in 1939 both move to Siberia, where the Soviet state was striving to create a socialist, Yiddish-speaking utopia.
    The reality they face is not what they had been led to believe, and great personal sacrifice will have to be made in order for them to achieve the freedom they seek.
    Set against a grand historical backdrop, the story of these characters’ intertwining lives explores questions of identity, integrity, and faith.
    This production, kindly supported with a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council of England, is the first time this all-new show will have been presented to the public.
    Tickets @ £18/£16 – To order tickets and to find out more visit www.sovietzion.com
    Book & lyrics by Giles Howe with Roberto Trippini
    Music by Giles Howe and Katy Lipson
    Director: Bronagh Lagan
    Musical Director: Joseph Finlay
    Assistant Musical Director and Vocal Arranger: Colm O’Regan

    And in November, why not pop along to The Pheasantry for an evening of songs by the ever-entertaining Alexander S. Bermange?


    Critically acclaimed musical theatre composer/lyricist – and BBC comic songwriter –  Alexander S. Bermange is bringing his unique blend of wit and whimsy to The Pheasantry in London this autumn. Alexander has received recognition for his many stage musicals (including, most recently, The Route To Happiness, which has just been recorded by Kerry Ellis, Ben Forster and Louise Dearman and is due for release later this year) and is known to millions as the resident comic songwriter and performer on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House and the World Service’s Weekend. His funny songs – some topical, others timeless – have not only tickled national and international radio audiences, but have also acquired a formidable following through performances and recordings by dozens of West End stars.
    Following his critically acclaimed performances of his comic songs at the St James Studio, and having spent this summer earning rave reviews in the UK tour of Murder On Air, Alexander is to make a welcome return to The Pheasantry, a beautiful and historic venue in the heart of London’s fashionable Kings Road. He will be premiering an extensive selection of brand new material in addition to presenting some of his best-loved comedic musical creations about second-rate singers, perverted pensioners, tube-travelling trainspotters, and popular personalities from Prince Harry to David Beckham.
    Alexander will be joined on stage by a selection of special guest leading ladies, currently scheduled to include Aimie Atkinson (Carnaby Street, Dirty Dancing, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre), Lucy May Barker (Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, and plays at the National and Open Air Theatres), Helena Blackman (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, TMA Award nominee for South Pacific, Off West End Award nominee for Noel & Gertie), and Caroline Sheen (Putting It Together, Les Misérables, Helen Hayes Award winner for Mary Poppins).
    Alexander S. Bermange and his special guests are appearing at The Pheasantry, 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4UT on Tuesday 18th November at 8.30pm. Tickets are available at http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com or on 0845 6027 017. Further information about Alexander’s work, and video extracts of him in performance, can be found at www.bermange.co.uk.


  • Patterns – A new song cycle by Kara Alberts


    Can you find love if you’ve never seen love?

    Or are we trapped by the patterns our parents imprint on our hearts?

    Kara Alberts’ new song cycle, Patterns, follows the stories of five young people as they try to form relationships of their own. The work explores how parental love can be instrumental in a young persons ability to love.

    Patterns can be seen at The Landor Theatre, London on Sunday 6 July 2014 starting at 5:30pm
    Ticket Price: £10.00 (booking fee applies)

    Box Office: 07765 341197


  • Charles Bloom’s new musical set for New York premiere

    ThisWillAllBeYoursThis item is will be of especial interest to our visitors in the USA, of which there are many!

    This Will All Be Yours, a new musical with music and lyrics by Charles Bloom and book by Laura Pederson premieres on 17th July 2014 and runs until 7th August 2014.

    The show is one-act, approx. 80 minutes long and is about a family farm whose existence is being ebbed away by the coming of technology, suburban real estate and the various talons of the future.

    Charles Bloom writes: “This production is part of The Midtown International Theatre Festival but, believe me, this is no ordinary festival production. There is extensive experience invested in every capacity of this project. I am constantly impressed by the scope of this endeavor and feel lucky to be a part of it. As for the cast, what can I tell you? A first-rate, passionate, gifted group. I could not ask for more”

    For further details and tickets, please go to www.charlesbloomusic.com