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.