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  • Suzie Aries’ Big Charity Concert for the Big C a stunning success

    Photo: Holly Wyatt

     

    Suzie Aries is nothing if not a fighter – living proof, if any were needed, that cancer does not have to signal the end of your hopes and ambitions – and finishing her sell-out concert at The Pheasantry in London’s King’s Road last Sunday (3rd September) with Elton John’s I’m Still Standing felt like the perfect way to sum up an inspiring, joyous, energetic and yes, loving, testament to her stunningly prodigious gift as a singer and actress.

    Do I sound a mite overenthusiastic? Yes, probably, but this occasion justifies – nay, demands – overenthusiasm. From the first song, Mad Hatter from the musical Wonderland, to the final squeezed-in-after-Elton-John encore (Ed Sheeran’s Castle On The Hill), Miss Aries held the audience spellbound with her artistry, virtuosity, and personality.

    Supported by a tightly professional band of piano, bass and percussion, the first act was devoted to musical theatre, and featured generous helpings of Jason Robert Brown (Summer in Ohio, Stars and Moon, and I Give It All To You), other contemporary musical theatre writing (songs from Avenue Q, Seussical, and In The Heights), a splash of traditional (As Long As He Needs Me) and the very naughty A Simple Valley Song (from Cleary and Brunger’s Jet Set Go), before which Suzie, with a cheeky wink, apologised to her grandad in the audience, given its explicit language and descriptions of various hilarious – not to mention risque – exploits. An especial highlight was the performance of I Wish I May from The Witches of Eastwick, in which Suzie was joined by two of her guests for the evening, Becca Hoodless and Gina Robinson, this was beautiful, poised, perfectly blended harmony singing which justifiably merited thunderous applause. And even Disney got a look in, with a spirited rendition of Let It Go to please any Frozen fans in the audience.

    Changing from red party dress into more informal attire (including the removal of the wig – bringing home that Suzie has recently finished chemotherapy) the second act was a selection of pop songs of marvellous variety and quality, kicking off with some original material from her band, Authentic Blue. Joined on stage by fellow band members Tim Thomas, Amie Clapson and Nic Chiappetta, we were treated to three numbers: Take It On The Chin, I Love Too Much, and the gloriously witty Baby Hunger. As with act one, the songs chosen demonstrated Suzie’s innate instinct for what goes down well with the audience and also her own incredible versatility. Songs by Frankie Valli, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Guns ‘n’ Roses were perfectly judged, but most moving of all was the performance of Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven, presented with simple guitar accompaniment from Brian Raftery taking a few moments’ break from playing the piano.

    All proceeds from the concert are to be divided between the ovarian cancer charity, Ovacome, and the Little Princess Charity, and more than £1000 was raised from ticket sales and donations on the night.

     


  • Authentic Blue Go Underground on 16th September 2017

    Our friends at Authentic Blue, featuring previous Snappy Title composer Tim Thomas, are doing a gig at The Underground Chamber, Brunel Museum, on 16th September 2017. Authentic Blue are unique in that they are one of the few (if not the ONLY) band which specialise in performing new musical theatre writing in a ‘band’ context rather than a traditional theatrical setting – thus bringing the richness of the musical theatre genre to a new and different kind of audience.

    You can read more details at their website: www.authenticblue.co.uk


  • Snappy Title Spotlight: Suzie Aries Big Charity Concert for the Big C

     

    New Musicals Network are delighted to present our latest Snappy Title Spotlight event – the highly talented Suzie Aries and guests in concert, raising money for two charities, including Ovacome – a charity which supports women with ovarian cancer. After being diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, Suzie is determined to turn something negative into something positive. Following a viral video of her story and stating she would do ‘The Big Chop for the Big C’ before undergoing gruelling chemotherapy, she has also raised a lot of money for The Little Princess Trust. Suzie would also like to raise awareness to young people about the symptoms of ovarian cancer so other people can avoid going through what she has gone through. All ticket proceeds will go to Ovacome and Little Princess.

    The concert is on Sunday 3rd September at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea.

    Tickets are £15 and all proceeds will be donated to the two charities.

    For more information, and to book tickets, please go to this link:

    https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-spotlight-suzie-aries-big-charity-concert-for-the-big-c

     


  • “Zippy ruined my life!” Book now for Tim Thomas and Authentic Blue at The Pheasantry

     

    “Zippy ruined my life. Drug-dealer, trafficker, soi-disant mafiosa, it was his moral turpitude that led me into a life oftotal degradation. But now I am reformed. Luckily they zipped him up.”

    Composer and singer of the iconic Rainbow theme tune, Tim Thomas, spills the beans on the true nature of Zippy, one of the nation’s best-loved TV stars of the 1970s and 80s.

    The reformed Tim now writes songs and musicals, and appears with his talented band Authentic Blue.

    Book now for Snappy Title Spotlight: Authentic Blue at The Pheasantry, Kings Road, Chelsea, on Sunday 4th June and see for yourself that life beyond Bungle, George, Geoffrey and Zippy is possible. Tickets are going fast – a bargain at £15, available online from the Pizza Express Live website: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-spotlight-authentic-blue

    In the meantime, here is a reminder of Tim’s former life:


  • Book now for Snappy Title Spotlight: Authentic Blue

     

    Tickets are selling for the next Snappy Title Spotlight event: Tim Thomas‘s music, featuring his band Authentic Blue, who will be performing at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, on Sunday 4th June.

    Tim writes:

    Creating music and musicals can be a very tough and solitary business. Why not gather a group of bright souls together to share the dream? And two years ago that’s what happened. From various quarters I met a bunch of scintillating, unusual talents, singers and instrumentalists who did not want to compromise, who wanted to aim high. Three of them, Amie Miller, Nic Chiappetta and Connor Going already knew each other from the Royal Academy of Music. Suzie Aries was queen of the cruise-ships. So, now there are now five in the band. They thought of a name – AUTHENTIC BLUE.
    They have a lot of laughs. They have dealt with all sorts of mishaps. They are very good friends. The group perform concerts, develop the shows, record Tim’s original stuff and they do covers. Material by the band is on YouTube, Facebook, Spotify etc., and they have performed in some wonderful venues. Working this way has liberated a lot of energies and, in the world of musicals, it is pretty unusual. As of today there are three musicals in development plus a couple of previously-produced works and you will hear songs from all of them.

    Tickets are £15

    For further details and tickets, please go to PIZZA EXPRESS LIVE


  • Alexander Bermange’s Wit and Whimsy album goes to no.1 on i-Tunes

     

    Alexander Bermange‘s new album of songs, Wit and Whimsy, hit the number 1 spot on i-Tunes’ comedy chart on the day of its release – appropriately enough on 1st April (and it wasn’t an April Fools prank!) Alexander’s songs have, of course, been featured in a number of NMN’s Snappy Title concerts in recent years.

    Wit & Whimsy boasts several “national treasures”; numerous Olivier and WhatsOnStage Award winners and nominees of the last few years; and the current stars of many West End and touring musicals including Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Beautiful and Half A Sixpence. The complete line-up is: Simon Bailey, Lucy May Barker, Ian Bartholomew, Gina Beck, David Bedella, Tracie Bennett, Sanne den Besten, Christopher Biggins, Richard Carson, Anna-Jane Casey, Phil Daniels, Cassidy Janson, Amy Lennox, Sam Lupton, Miriam Margolyes, Craig Mather, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Nigel Planer, Ben Richards, Lauren Samuels, Oliver Savile, Gemma Sutton and Emma Williams. The album is produced by Mike Dixon, who has worked as Musical Supervisor on many long-running shows around the world.

    All of the tracks are written by Alexander S. Bermange, who has acquired a formidable following amongst millions of radio listeners through his many appearances performing his comic songs on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. Further writing credits for which Alexander has achieved recognition include musicals and theatre productions that have been produced in the West End, around the UK and internationally.

    Wit & Whimsy comprises Alexander’s most popular comedic musical creations from his stage shows and beyond. Many humorously depict aspects of musical theatre itself – such as Audition, A Serious Actor, The Opening Number, Stuck In The Ensemble, It’s Lovely Being A Luvvie, and I Wish That My Life Were Like A Musical. Others are portraits of crazy characters such as obsessive trainspotters, tone-deaf singers or would-be fairy-tale princesses; others are tongue-in-cheek celebrations of modern day technology, automated telephone answering systems, or the world of cinema; others take the form of tales with twists or tongue-twisting lists. They are all certain to amuse and entertain in equal measure.

    Wit & Whimsy is now available as a deluxe 2 CD set from Dress Circle (http://bit.ly/WitWhimsy) and as a download from iTunes (http://apple.co/2lX41rh) on the Spectacular Music label. A live show featuring performances of songs from the album is being staged at The Hippodrome in London’s West End on Sunday 30th April, tickets for which are available at http://tinyurl.com/jpmudzo.

     


  • NMN’s next Snappy Title Spotlight: Authentic Blue

    Snappy Title Spotlight: Authentic Blue

    Sunday 4th June 2017 at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea.

    Doors open 6.00 pm, show starts at 8.00 pm

    Tickets £15.00 available NOW from Pizza Express Live: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-spotlight-authentic-blue

     

    NEW MUSICALS NETWORK are delighted to present their latest SNAPPY TITLE SPOTLIGHT event. One morning eight years ago actor/singer/songwriter TIM THOMAS awoke with a single thought in his head, “I will write musicals!” Quite where that concept sprang from is still a mystery even to Tim himself. But, fired up and eager to start, he flung himself into the task. Results rapidly followed and as the months passed plots developed, tunes spirited themselves out of the air, themes caught his imagination and four distinct shows took shape. His efforts were aided by the breadth of his experience. Over the years Tim had become a journeyman, an adept in the theatre working as an actor and singer but also as a writer of plays and cabaret. He had even had a band in the distant past called “Telltale” who had great success on the children’s TV show RAINBOW. Tim had written the lyrics and sung the show’s celebrated theme-song. So fortified with this background Tim was writing book, lyrics and music, always determined to be completely original and not to adapt other people’s work. The first musical to hit the stage was a poignant piece called SHELLSHOCK which had a brilliant two-week run at The Waterloo East Theatre. A song from Shellshock was featured in Snappy Title Making History last year.

    As Tim found, creating musicals can be a very tough and solitary business. Why not gather a group of bright souls together to share the dream? Two years ago Tim met a bunch of scintillating, unusual talents, singers and instrumentalists who did not want to compromise, who wanted to aim high. Three of them, Amie Miller, Nic Chiappetta and Connor Going already knew each other from the Royal Academy of Music. Suzie Aries was queen of the cruise-ships. So, now there are now five in the band – AUTHENTIC BLUE.

    They have a lot of laughs. They have dealt with all sorts of mishaps. They are very good friends. The group perform concerts, develop the shows, record Tim’s original stuff and they do covers. Material by the band is on YouTube, Facebook, Spotify etc., and they have performed in some wonderful venues. Working this way has liberated a lot of energies and, in the world of musicals, it is pretty unusual. As of today there are three musicals in development plus a couple of previously-produced works and you will hear songs from all of them.

     

     


  • Book now for Britannia Rules The Stage!

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    With under a week to go, we would like to remind you about the first Snappy Title Spotlight concert at the Pheasantry, Britannia Rules The Stage.

    This is a celebration of the best of British musical theatre old and new, and this time proceeds from the show will be going to The Alzheimer’s Society – a cause which we know is close to many people’s hearts.

     
    Here are just some of the highlights:

     
    Will Barratt (Jesus Christ Superstar, War of the Worlds, Phantom of the Opera) singing Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar.

     
    Jemima Rooper (Hand to God, One Man Two Guvnors, Blithe Spirit) sings Take It On The Chin from Me and My Girl

     
    Sharan Phull (Bend It Like Beckham) sings Glorious from Howard Goodall’s Bend It Like Beckham

     
    Imogen Gurney and Toby Murray reprise their Leicester Curve roles as Pandora Braithwaite and Adrian Mole from Cleary and Brunger’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole to sing Now That I’m With You

     
    Howard Jenkins (Road Show) sings Thick Skin from Stiles and Drewe’s Just So

     
    Jessica Singer (Rent, Tick Tick Boom) sings Just Beyond The Stars from Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan

     
    Stephanie Joergensen duets with Will Barratt in All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera

     
    Thomas Cove duets with Stephanie in Written In The Stars from Aida

     
    The talented award-winning youngsters from Hadrian Academy perform If Only You Would Listen from the latest Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway (and soon to be seen in London) hit musical School of Rock

     
    That’s just to whet your appetite – there’s lots more wonderful stuff on the programme!

     
    The concert is next Sunday – 16th October – at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea. You can book online here: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/britannia-rules-the-stage

     
    Or you can book by phone: 020 7439 4962

    It should be a wonderful concert, and we look forward to seeing you there – hope you can make it!


  • 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