• “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


  • Will Barratt Live At The Pheasantry

    Will Barratt Gig

    Will Barratt proved a hugely popular member of our cast at Snappy Title: Making History, NMN’s recent showcase of new songs at major London cabaret venue The Pheasantry.

    We are delighted to recommend Will Barratt Live At The Pheasantry, which is being presented by Auburn Jam Records on Sunday 3rd April 2016. Tickets are just £20, available from The Pheasantry (www.pizzaexpresslive.com), by calling 08456 027017, or through Will’s own website at www.willbarratt.com

    Following a sell-out launch gig and much critical acclaim for his debut album, ‘Confessions of a Justified Sinner’, West End performer and accomplished songwriter Will Barratt (The Producers, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys) quickly rose to the top 20 of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Auburn Jam Records invites you to join Will, his band and West End friends Rebecca Trehearn (Showboat, City of Angels, Ghost), Nadim Naaman (Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music) and Jeremy Secomb (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera), for a night packed with material from the album and songs from many great artists who have inspired Will’s writing & career.


  • “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”

  • Gloria Onitiri and Anderson & Petty release Alzheimer’s Society charity single, ‘Dignity’

    Thursday 28th January 2016 – Auburn Jam Records are delighted to announce the release today of Alzheimer’s Society charity single ‘Dignity’, written by trans-Atlantic writing duo Anderson & Petty, and featuring the vocals of West End leading lady Gloria Onitiri (The Bodyguard, The Lion King, Avenue Q).

     

    The single is available to download via all major online stores including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, and the official video can be found on YouTube. A JustGiving page has also been set up to collect donations from anyone who enjoys the song and would like to give more to support the important work of Alzheimer’s Society.

     

    All donations and profits from the single will go to Alzheimer’s Society, the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their families and carers. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021. Alzheimer’s Society believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. They are there for anyone affected by dementia, and do everything they can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

     

    “The new charity single, ‘Dignity’ is special for a whole host of reasons, but with a lot stigma still surrounding dementia, this song is a really fantastic way of raising awareness and vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society. We are so very grateful to Anderson & Petty for supporting us and helping us to continue to raise awareness of dementia. We also want to thank music fans for any donations to Alzheimer’s Society. The funds raised will help us support people to live well with dementia today and fund vital research to find a cure for tomorrow.” –Alzheimer’s Society
    “Barry and I have been working on a song-cycle based on true stories, be they personal, from friends, family, news or historical events. Barry lost his Grandpa a few years ago to Alzheimer’s and we wanted to write a piece from the standpoint of the caregiver, rather than the person with the disease. Sort of a ‘caregiver’s promise’ to the patient/loved one, something to honour the tireless people who step up to the plate when Alzheimer’s happens to someone they love. Barry’s personal inspiration for this tune came much more from watching his Grandma having to deal with everything as his Grandpa started declining. We’re thrilled to have found the perfect artist in Gloria to debut the song, and delighted that Alzheimer’s Society are supporting us with the release as we wanted to be able to give something back to them.” – Anderson & Petty