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  • “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”

  • “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


  • 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.