• Two Exciting Shows You Might Be Interested In

    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

    sovietzion

    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?

    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.

     



  • WANTED! Discussion panel members

    NMN director and Stephen Sondheim Society trustee Peter Auker is seeking panel members for a discussion session at the Society’s biennial study weekend, Brush Up Your Sondheim, which will be at the Royal Academy of Music on 26th-27th July

    You’ll be part of an amazing team of experts including Timothy Sheader, Mary Hammond, Rebecca Caine, Dominic McHugh and many more…….

    As an extra exciting bonus, Stephen Sondheim himself will be doing an exclusive Q&A session live via a video link from New York on the Saturday at 3.45pm, and will be accepting questions from the floor…

    One session has been reserved for a panel discussion on Sondheim’s legacy and influence, and composers and writers are required to populate the panel  (4 or 5 would be perfect).

    They should be willing to discuss how Stephen Sondheim has influenced their own work, and also be prepared for the discussion to enter a more general sphere, whereby they can give their views on how his legacy as a composer and lyricist has resonated (and continues to resonate) within the whole genre of musical theatre.

    The panel discussion will be on Sunday 27th July at 3.30pm and will last for approximately 30 minutes, with some time for questions from the floor at the end, so you would need to be available at that time.

    Anyone who would like to be considered for being a member of the panel, should email Peter at his Sondheim Society address, which is peter.auker@sondheim.org

    There is unfortunately no fee for being on the panel, but members will be able to attend the weekend’s activities free of charge if they wish (worth £75)



  • Patterns – A new song cycle by Kara Alberts

    Patterns

    Can you find love if you’ve never seen love?

    Or are we trapped by the patterns our parents imprint on our hearts?

    Kara Alberts’ new song cycle, Patterns, follows the stories of five young people as they try to form relationships of their own. The work explores how parental love can be instrumental in a young persons ability to love.

    Patterns can be seen at The Landor Theatre, London on Sunday 6 July 2014 starting at 5:30pm
    Ticket Price: £10.00 (booking fee applies)

    Box Office: 07765 341197
    http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/112128

     



  • An update from Mel Atkey

    Million Miles from BroadwayMel Atkey has been a valued supporter of NMN almost since we started, and having heard him speak at a recent conference on new musical theatre in Wolverhampton, we can vouch for the fact that he is an engaging and knowledgable speaker.

    Mel has written a fascinating book about the history of musical  theatre, which reveals quite a number of surprising facts about the art form we all think we know the background of! It’s called A Million Miles From Broadway, and is well worth a read. If any of you have links with university or college drama departments, this would be a volume worth recommending they get hold of for their library or reading list. Website links for more information and how to purchase can be found at the end of this article.

    Mel is clearly a man on a mission, and will shortly be embarking on a new undertaking at Goldsmiths’ College in London. He writes:

    “I would like to further explain some of my future hopes and ambitions.  Beginning in September, I will be embarking on a Masters Degree in musical theatre at Goldsmiths University of London.  This will help me in my work as a musical theatre writer, and will also enable me to teach at a university level.  Once I have that, I would like to offer my services as a guest lecturer and workshop facilitator at the international level.  I have already put out some feelers in places like Singapore to assist with local musical writers in the work-shopping of new shows.”

    New Musicals Network would like to wish Mel every success for his future plans.

    For more details about Mel Atkey and A Million Miles From Broadway, here are some useful links:

    www.melatkey.com

    Blog: http://amillionmilesfrombroadway.blogspot.com/

    To watch a video about Mel Atkey’s work:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0uoZMY_VRs

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/457209984313037/



  • Charles Bloom’s new musical set for New York premiere

    ThisWillAllBeYoursThis item is will be of especial interest to our visitors in the USA, of which there are many!

    This Will All Be Yours, a new musical with music and lyrics by Charles Bloom and book by Laura Pederson premieres on 17th July 2014 and runs until 7th August 2014.

    The show is one-act, approx. 80 minutes long and is about a family farm whose existence is being ebbed away by the coming of technology, suburban real estate and the various talons of the future.

    Charles Bloom writes: “This production is part of The Midtown International Theatre Festival but, believe me, this is no ordinary festival production. There is extensive experience invested in every capacity of this project. I am constantly impressed by the scope of this endeavor and feel lucky to be a part of it. As for the cast, what can I tell you? A first-rate, passionate, gifted group. I could not ask for more”

    For further details and tickets, please go to www.charlesbloomusic.com

     



  • 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



  • New musical theatre showcase in Birmingham

    Q.U. Musical Theatre returns to the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham on Saturday 13th September with its 3rd cabaret night showcasing a unique evening of new musical theatre and a talented array of composers and performers.

    For further information on Q.U. Musical Theatre please visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/qulive and follow on Twitter: @qu_live on Twitter



  • 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.



  • Check out our new “Events” page!

    We’ve added a new feature to the NMN website – an Events page. You can access the page from the menu above (just to the left of the “Contact Us” item).

    If you’d like to have your event (show, conference, course or in fact virtually anything!) featured on this page please get in touch via the contact form, or drop an email to peter@newmusicals.org.uk.

    In the meantime, have a look at the events already listed and do feel free to support them by going along!