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  • 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


  • 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


  • “New Words Shared With Friends” – Showcase of songs by Bob Gould

    Following two successful concerts at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge and the
    launch of the Broadwayworld Album Awards nominated album WORDS
    SHARED WITH FRIENDS in 2014, a third concert of songs with lyrics by
    Robert Gould will be presented at the Battersea Barge on Sunday May 10.

     
    Robert Gould is a musical theatre librettist & lyricist who has also co-written
    songs in the pop, rock & folk genres. His musical theatre credits include the
    musicals MY LAND’S SHORE, BASED ON A TRUE STORY & GRACE
    NOTES (all with composer Christopher J. Orton), ROUNDABOUT (with
    songwriter Joe Sterling), A PEBBLE FOR AARON (with composer Rob Eyles)
    and SHADOW ON THE SUN (with composer Omri Lahav). He wrote lyrics for
    the albums MORE WITH EVERY LINE and SURROUNDED BY THE SOUNDS
    (with music by Tim Prottey-Jones) and SOMEWHERE IN MY MIND – THE
    SONGS OF JOE STERLING.

     
    The NEW WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS concert will feature mostly brand
    new material, including many world premiere performances of songs written with
    composers Alex James Ellison, Rob Eyles, Omri Lahav, Christopher J. Orton, Ben
    Messenger, Dean Heller, Joe Sterling, Filip von Uexkull and Serenity Wanders.
    The vocal cast for the concert will be: Luke Bayer, Kieran Brown (The Phantom
    Of The Opera, Pipe Dream, Wicked), Michael Burgen (The Pirates Of Penzance,
    The Dreaming, Spamalot), Michael Colbourne (Les Miserables, A Little Night
    Music), Alex James Ellison (Apartment 40C, Whistle Down The Wind, Best Of
    Friends), Natalie Amanda Gray (Deadly Waters [film], Elegies For Angels Punks
    & Raging Queens, Rent), Emma Kingston (Les Miserables, In The Heights),
    Carolyn Maitland (Miss Saigon, From Here To Eternity, Kiss Me Kate), Shaun
    McCourt (War Horse, Joseph), Kane Oliver Parry (Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, The

     

    Light Princess), Keith Ramsay (Dr Scroggy’s War, Julius Caesar, Billy, BBC’s

     

    Shetland), Michael Rees (Girlfriends), Oli Reynolds (Pacific Overtures), Michael
    Riseley (Les Miserables) and singer/songwriter Serenity Wanders.
    Musical direction and accompaniment will be provided by Rob Eyles, Joe Davison
    and Alex James Ellison and the show will be produced by Carrie Baxter.

     
    NEW WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS
    Venue: Battersea Barge, 9 Elms Lane, London
    Date: Sunday May 10, 2015 at 7.30pm

    Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/312340


  • A Concert for people who love Stephen Schwartz’s Songs!

     

    Spark of Creation

    Although not strictly speaking “new musicals” territory, we wanted to tell you about a charity concert NMN are producing on Sunday 15th February at the Pheasantry, King’s Road.
    The concert is called The Spark of Creation – Highlights from the Songbook of Stephen Schwartz. It basically does what it says on the tin: an exciting journey through the work of one of Broadway’s and cinema’s most enduring songwriting talents.
    The performers are all up-and-coming West End professionals, and, as the title suggests, the programme will feature everyone’s favourite songs from  Godspell, Wicked, Pippin, The Baker’s Wife, Children of Eden, and of course some of the Disney songs we all know and love!
    Best of all, the cast are performing free of charge and all proceeds will be going to MyAware and a second charity which Mr Schwartz himself has  nominated – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. NMN have been supporting MyAware for three years now –it’s quite a small charity (supporting people with the debilitating and sometimes life-threatening condition, myasthenia gravis) and does not get very much involvement from the entertainment industry – it’s a very deserving cause, as is, of course Stephen’s chosen charity JDRF!
    The talented cast consists of: Turlough Convery (Godspell, TV’s My Mad Fat Diary), Jessica Singer (Vocalist, the Olivier Awards, and Kerry Ellis’ latest album), Craig Rhys Barlow (Ragtime, Children of Eden), Joanna Thorne (Bonnie and Clyde, European premiere), Jordan Langford (Dick Whittington, UK Tour, TV’s The One Show and the Paul O’Grady Show), Francesca Bunce (Children of Eden, One Line Sondheim), Nathan Lodge (Christmas In New York, Scott Alan and Friends) and Connie Nash (Jack and the Beanstalk, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, backing singer for The Saturdays on TV’s Tonight’s the Night). Also, there will be a 4-piece band (Peter Auker – piano, Adam Behrens – guitar, Adam Smith – bass guitar and Nick Anderson, drums) to accompany the singers – this is a backing-track-free zone!
    Tickets are £15, and can be obtained from the Pheasantry website HERE.


  • NMN features Julie Atherton in a showcase of the songs of Joe Louis Robinson in Leicester Square concert

    Music of JLR

    Join us on Sunday 29th June for an evening of new writing at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, featuring the exciting new songs of Joe Louis Robinson

    The great cast includes:
    KARA ALBERTS
     NATHANAEL CAMPBELL
     ALEXANDRA DA SILVA
     JORDAN LANGFORD
    With special guest performances from:
    JULIE ATHERTON
     and LEWIS BARFOOT
    The concert starts at 7.00pm

    TICKETS:
    http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873514902/events

    Produced by Katy Auker for New Musicals Network


  • Alexander Bermange and Guests

    Alexander S. Bermange

    and special guests

    Aimie Atkinson, Helena Blackman,

    Sarah Earnshaw, Ashleigh Gray and Rebecca Trehearn

    at The Crazy Coqs

    Monday 28th July 2014

    “A wonderfully witty comic songwriter and performer” – LBC 97.3

    BBC comic songwriter Alexander S. Bermange is bringing his unique blend of wit and whimsy to The Crazy Coqs in London this summer.

    Alexander 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, Alexander is to make his debut at the Crazy Coqs, one of central London’s most exciting new cabaret venues. He will be premiering an array 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, who has also received recognition for his many stage musicals (including 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) will be joined on stage by five leading ladies of musical theatre as special guests: Aimie Atkinson (Carnaby Street, Dirty Dancing, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre), Helena Blackman (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, TMA Award nominee for South Pacific, Off West End Award nominee for Noel & Gertie), Sarah Earnshaw (Spamalot, Scrooge, Jekyll And Hyde, Wicked), Ashleigh Gray (Cool Rider, Wicked, The Secret Garden, I Dreamed A Dream), and Rebecca Trehearn (Ghost, Love Story, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You).

    Alexander S. Bermange and his special guests are appearing at The Crazy Coqs, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED on Monday 28th July 2014 at 8pm. Tickets are available on 020 7734 4888 or at www.crazycoqs.com. Further information about Alexander’s work, and video extracts of him in performance, can be found at www.bermange.co.uk.


  • Auburn Jam Live – New Musicals showcase for charity

    AJM-Live-2014

    Auburn Jam Music production studio and record label are hosting their third annual Auburn Jam Live gig as part of their local MyRaynesPark Festival. This year they are showcasing the work of ten talented new musical theatre composers and songwriters with whom they have produced albums, with performances from current and future West End stars who have recorded at the studio. Proceeds from the show will go to Merton Against Trafficking.

    Tickets for the showcase can be booked online at www.ajmlive.auburnjam.co.uk or direct with the venue, the Lantern Arts Centre, by calling 0208 944 5794.

    Songwriters performing their own work will be:

    Will Barratt (Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd), currently writing for his debut album;

    Joe Sterling (Honk at the Tabard Theatre, writer of new musical Roundabout), currently recording his second EP with Auburn Jam Music;

    Nadim Naaman (Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, One man Two Guvnors, Chess, Titanic) whose debut album We All Want The Same was released by Auburn Jam Records last year and who has since played two sell-out solo gigs at the Union Theatre and the Pheasantry.

    The evening will also feature performances from: Jennifer Hepburn (Les Miserables, Taboo), Michael Storrs (Les Miserables), Suzi Power (Blood Brothers), Shaun McCourt (Joseph and his Technicolored Dreamcoat UK Tour), Michael Riseley (currently rehearsing for Les Miserables), Kate Scott (Honk and Cinderella at the Tabard), Hollie Cassar (Fame at the Gordon Craig Theatre), and Joel Hutchings (soloist for AIDA Entertainment).

    They will be performing songs by:

    Alexander Bermange, composer of Thirteen Days (Arcola), currently recording his musical The Route To Happiness (performed last year at the Landor) with Auburn Jam Music, starring Louise Dearman, Ben Forster and Kerry Ellis;

    Writers of Welsh epic My Land’s Shore Christopher J. Orton (performing credits: TOM, Spamalot, The Hired Man) and lyricist Robert Gould, who will also have songs featured from his recent release Words Shared With Friends.

    Caroline Wigmore, composer of Van Winkle – A Folk Musical, whose studio cast album was produced by Auburn Jam Music and released last year on SimG Records.

    Singer-songwriter Jonathan Eio (Melchior, Spring Awakening UK Tour), whose album New Beginnings was the first full album recorded and produced by Auburn Jam Music.

    The Bakewell Bake-Off, a new musical devised last year by MA students at the Guildford School of Acting. Following successful runs at the Landor and Waterloo East theatres, they subsequently recorded an original cast album at Auburn Jam Music which was released by SimG Records, and the performance rights have recently been acquired by Rodgers & Hammerstein.

    Tim Connor, composer of The Stationmaster, recently workshopped at the Royal Academy of Music, and The Heart of Winter, a one-woman song cycle performed at the Leicester Square Theatre in 2009, which Auburn Jam Music will release as a studio album later this year, featuring a soon-to-be-announced West End leading lady.