Here are some details of forthcoming shows which will be of interest to any fan of new musical theatre writing:
Firstly, October sees the World Premiere of SOVIET ZION, a new musical drama set in failed Yiddish state in Siberia
This new musical drama tells the story of an American family and a Ukrainian family who in 1939 both move to Siberia, where the Soviet state was striving to create a socialist, Yiddish-speaking utopia.
The reality they face is not what they had been led to believe, and great personal sacrifice will have to be made in order for them to achieve the freedom they seek.
Set against a grand historical backdrop, the story of these characters’ intertwining lives explores questions of identity, integrity, and faith.
This production, kindly supported with a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council of England, is the first time this all-new show will have been presented to the public.
Tickets @ £18/£16 – To order tickets and to find out more visit www.sovietzion.com
Book & lyrics by Giles Howe with Roberto Trippini
Music by Giles Howe and Katy Lipson
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Musical Director: Joseph Finlay
Assistant Musical Director and Vocal Arranger: Colm O’Regan
And in November, why not pop along to The Pheasantry for an evening of songs by the ever-entertaining Alexander S. Bermange?
Critically acclaimed musical theatre composer/lyricist – and BBC comic songwriter – Alexander S. Bermange is bringing his unique blend of wit and whimsy to The Pheasantry in London this autumn. Alexander has received recognition for his many stage musicals (including, most recently, 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) and 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, and having spent this summer earning rave reviews in the UK tour of Murder On Air, Alexander is to make a welcome return to The Pheasantry, a beautiful and historic venue in the heart of London’s fashionable Kings Road. He will be premiering an extensive selection 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 will be joined on stage by a selection of special guest leading ladies, currently scheduled to include Aimie Atkinson (Carnaby Street, Dirty Dancing, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre), Lucy May Barker (Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, and plays at the National and Open Air Theatres), Helena Blackman (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, TMA Award nominee for South Pacific, Off West End Award nominee for Noel & Gertie), and Caroline Sheen (Putting It Together, Les Misérables, Helen Hayes Award winner for Mary Poppins).
Alexander S. Bermange and his special guests are appearing at The Pheasantry, 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4UT on Tuesday 18th November at 8.30pm. Tickets are available at http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com or on 0845 6027 017. Further information about Alexander’s work, and video extracts of him in performance, can be found at www.bermange.co.uk.