London College of Music, which is part of the University of West London, is presenting the World Premiere of Alex Loveless’ new musical, Bel-Ami.
The musical is a contemporary adaptation of the novel by Guy de Maupassant, with book, music and lyrics by Alex Loveless.
Orchestrations are by Andy Smith, the director is Chris Loveless and the musical director is George Carter. Choreography is by Anthony Whiteman and the set designer is Laura Clark.
Bringing the story into contemprary London, disillusioned former soldier George Dury joins the ranks of his friend’s newspaper, working his way up to become editor of the celebrity gossip column ‘Bel-Ami’. Manipulating his way into the highest echelons of British society by charming, seducing and blackmailing those who cross his path, he is rewarded with ever-increasing wealth and prestige. But his ultimate goal will always be power…
Bel-Ami is a fresh take on the classic Guy de Maupassant novel by award-winning composer / lyricist Alex Loveless. A contemporary social satire, featuring phone hacking journalists, corrupt MPs, rapacious oligarchs, and set against the backdrop of a US-led invasion of Iran, Bel-Ami has a Twenty First Century score including dance, rap, RnB and alternative rock.
Bel-Ami continues London College of Music’s tradition of developing new musicals and features final year students from its BA Musical Theatre course.
Alex Loveless studied musical composition at the London College of Music and is the composer / lyricist / librettist of The Remains of the Day (Union Theatre, 2010 – Evening Standard’s Critics’ Choice / Time Out’s Best Theatre This Month September 2010) andDracula (White Bear Theatre, 2008). His adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles will open at the New Wimbledon Studio in September 2014. Alex’s work has been showcased at the Park Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Duchess Theatre and the Royal Academy of Music. Alex is the recipient of a Vivian Ellis Prize for most promising newcomer, the Howard Goodall Award for composition, and is a professional writer associate of and reader for Mercury Musical Developments. Alex is published by Palgrave Macmillan and the London College of Music, where he now works as a lecturer in musical theatre. His work has been generously supported by Arts Council England and the Big Lottery Fund.
London College of Music: BA Musical Theatre
The LCM has a long and distinguished history (127 years) of turning out top-class professional performers. In recent years it has diversified to offer courses in musical theatre, musical direction, new writing, theatre design and technology and acting. BA Musical Theatre is a three year degree course focusing on acting through song situated within a conservatoire environment. New writing is placed at the heart of the curriculum with one large-scale new musical theatre work commissioned each year. Recent alumni have gone on to appear in the West End, UK and European tours.
Tickets are £10 (plus £2 booking fee at Charing Cross). Concessions (students from any institution) are £5 (use discount code LCMBA1 at Charing Cross).
Performance length: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including one interval.
Suitable for ages 14+.
For more information, please contact NMN and we will be pleased to put you in touch with Alex.