• No Time Like The Present to book tickets for our next ‘Snappy Title’!

    Snappy Title: No Time Like The Present – Sunday 4th March

    Our first Snappy Title concert was in 2009 – who can believe it? Since then we have had some fantastic concerts featuring a Who’s Who of West End talent such as Richard Dempsey, Louise Dearman, Jemima Rooper, Cassidy Janson and Jon Lee. We even had one Snappy Title compered by the legendary comedian Bobby Davro!

    Since then the concerts have evolved, and although we still feature many brand new songs from excellent new musicals (including world and UK premiere performances), we also like to include favourite songs from established musicals. Our latest concert, Snappy Title – No Time Like The Present, is no exception, and you will hear songs from new musicals such as Tess by Michael Blore and Michael Davies and This Will All Be Yoursby Charles Bloom alongside material from Dear Evan Hansen, Book of Mormon, Pippin,and West Side Story, and lots more.

    We have, as usual, a super-talented cast! This time you’ll be hearing Nic Chiapetta, Stephanie Joergensen, Jordan Langford, Nathan Lodge, Amie Miller and Maya Tether. There’s also a four-piece band.

    The show is on Sunday 4th March at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London. Doors are open for pizza at 6.00 pm and the music starts at 8.00 pm. Tickets are £15 (excluding food), and all proceeds will be going to Bowel Cancer UK – a very good cause, I’m sure you’ll agree.

    Tickets can be booked online at https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-no-time-like-the-present-171607, or by phone from 020 7439 4962. Advanced booking is advised, as our concerts are usually sold out by the day of the concert.


  • Date for your diary – our next Snappy Title concert at The Pheasantry

    New Musicals Network are delighted to present the latest in our popular series of Snappy Title concerts No Time Like The Present. Featuring a talented cast, including Jordan Langford, Amie Miller, Nathan Lodge and Stephanie Joergensen, plus a live band, the concert will, as usual, contain an entertaining programme of well-known songs, together with an exciting array of new musical theatre songs, some of which are being performed for the very first time publicly. We very much look forward to welcoming you!

    Snappy Title: No Time Like The Present will be at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, on Sunday 4th March 2018 at 8.00 pm (doors open at 6.00pm). Tickets are £15, and can be obtained from Pizza Express Live – here is the link:

    https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-no-time-like-the-present-171607

     

     


  • Fireworks Greet New Musical Concept Album

    ALL over the country, people will be marking November 5 with fireworks and parties. For some, that might have something to do with Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night. For many others, though, they’ll be celebrating the release of the concept album recording of a brand new British musical.

    TESS, featuring lead vocals by Siobhan Dillon, Tam Mutu and Simon Bailey, will be officially unveiled to the public on Sunday, November 5.

    Written by composer Michael Blore and award-winning playwright Michael Davies, the musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic Tess of the d’Urbervilles is going live on the show’s website www.tessthemusical.com as part of a drive to get the musical fully staged. Followers and fans can sign up to join #TeamTess and be given free access to listen to the whole show.

    Set in the Wessex so beloved by Hardy, TESS tells the devastating story of Tess Durbeyfield, daughter of a poor villager who fatefully discovers that they may be related to the ancient aristocratic d’Urberville family. As Tess is sent to seek respectability with her new-found relatives, she embarks on an emotional and dramatic journey that leads to love, loss and ultimate tragedy.

    With casting by Anne Vosser, the title role on the album is sung by West End and Broadway star Siobhan Dillon, who first rose to fame in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hunt for a Maria in The Sound of Music. She recently played opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard at English National Opera and on Broadway and before that appeared as Ellen in Miss Saigon.

    Tam Mutu, who plays the villainous Alec d’Urberville, is another Broadway and West End favourite. He alternated the role of the Phantom in Love Never Dies with Ramin Karimloo, starred as Anatoly in Chess and won a clutch of awards as Javert in Les Misérables.

    Simon Bailey, who sings the role of Angel Clare, played Tommy de Vito in the West End production of Jersey Boys and is about to embark on the show’s national tour. He’s played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Enjolras in Les Misérables and Pharaoh in Joseph and is a founder member of Teatro, Theatreland’s first supergroup.

    Other cast members include Jacqueline Tate, currently playing Mme Thénardier in Les Misérables, James Dinsmore (Adding Machine, Corbyn The Musical) and Olivier Award-winner Nathan Dowling (Jerry Springer The Opera) alongside a chorus and orchestra of professional singers and musicians.

    Lyricist Michael Davies said: “It’s been a wonderfully exciting journey to get to this point, and we couldn’t have wished for a better cast and technical team. We’ve had amazing support and encouragement from the likes of Sir Tim Rice and, as he delicately points out, what we now need is a producer.

    “If you see Sir Cameron, do let him know…”


  • Looking for new songs for our next Snappy Title concert!

    Here’s a ‘Shout Out’ to composers and writers – we need new songs for our next Snappy Title concert!

    The next Snappy Title showcase of new musical theatre writing will be on Sunday 3rd December 2017, at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea, London.

    We are looking for new songs, which can either be ‘standalone’ songs or taken from a musical (which can be one still in development, or a finished work). If the song is a standalone one, the genre should nonetheless be recognisably ‘musical theatre’. Of course, we understand that the genre is a very broad church nowadays, so we are prepared for lots of different styles! Please bear in mind the live band will be piano, bass and drums, and so your submission should be suitable for this kind of ensemble. Songs may be solos or duets; any which are written for more than two singers will not be considered.

    The theme for the concert is No Time Like The Present, which you may interpret as freely as you wish. Bearing in mind that the concert date is broadly within the Christmas season, you may take ‘present’ in the theme’s title to mean ‘gift’, but be aware that we are not exclusively looking for Christmas songs per se, although such songs will be considered and welcomed alongside songs which interpret the theme in a different way.

    Your submission must be in the form of a pdf of the score (notated in conventional notation using suitable software such as Sibelius) arranged for vocal and piano, plus a demo recording of the song in mp3 format. The demo need not be professionally produced, but the quality should be adequate for us to form a judgement of the song’s merits. Submissions which are not deemed to be of adequate presentational quality (e.g. handwritten, illegible, inaudible demos, etc) will not be considered.

    Please email your submission to: peter@newmusicals.org.uk. If the file size is too large to email, please contact us (using the email address above) so that we can arrange an alternative method of making your submission.

    IMPORTANT: Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 13th October 2017. Only ONE song per entrant will be accepted for consideration.


  • Suzie Aries’ Big Charity Concert for the Big C a stunning success

    Photo: Holly Wyatt

     

    Suzie Aries is nothing if not a fighter – living proof, if any were needed, that cancer does not have to signal the end of your hopes and ambitions – and finishing her sell-out concert at The Pheasantry in London’s King’s Road last Sunday (3rd September) with Elton John’s I’m Still Standing felt like the perfect way to sum up an inspiring, joyous, energetic and yes, loving, testament to her stunningly prodigious gift as a singer and actress.

    Do I sound a mite overenthusiastic? Yes, probably, but this occasion justifies – nay, demands – overenthusiasm. From the first song, Mad Hatter from the musical Wonderland, to the final squeezed-in-after-Elton-John encore (Ed Sheeran’s Castle On The Hill), Miss Aries held the audience spellbound with her artistry, virtuosity, and personality.

    Supported by a tightly professional band of piano, bass and percussion, the first act was devoted to musical theatre, and featured generous helpings of Jason Robert Brown (Summer in Ohio, Stars and Moon, and I Give It All To You), other contemporary musical theatre writing (songs from Avenue Q, Seussical, and In The Heights), a splash of traditional (As Long As He Needs Me) and the very naughty A Simple Valley Song (from Cleary and Brunger’s Jet Set Go), before which Suzie, with a cheeky wink, apologised to her grandad in the audience, given its explicit language and descriptions of various hilarious – not to mention risque – exploits. An especial highlight was the performance of I Wish I May from The Witches of Eastwick, in which Suzie was joined by two of her guests for the evening, Becca Hoodless and Gina Robinson, this was beautiful, poised, perfectly blended harmony singing which justifiably merited thunderous applause. And even Disney got a look in, with a spirited rendition of Let It Go to please any Frozen fans in the audience.

    Changing from red party dress into more informal attire (including the removal of the wig – bringing home that Suzie has recently finished chemotherapy) the second act was a selection of pop songs of marvellous variety and quality, kicking off with some original material from her band, Authentic Blue. Joined on stage by fellow band members Tim Thomas, Amie Clapson and Nic Chiappetta, we were treated to three numbers: Take It On The Chin, I Love Too Much, and the gloriously witty Baby Hunger. As with act one, the songs chosen demonstrated Suzie’s innate instinct for what goes down well with the audience and also her own incredible versatility. Songs by Frankie Valli, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Guns ‘n’ Roses were perfectly judged, but most moving of all was the performance of Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven, presented with simple guitar accompaniment from Brian Raftery taking a few moments’ break from playing the piano.

    All proceeds from the concert are to be divided between the ovarian cancer charity, Ovacome, and the Little Princess Charity, and more than £1000 was raised from ticket sales and donations on the night.

     


  • Authentic Blue Go Underground on 16th September 2017

    Our friends at Authentic Blue, featuring previous Snappy Title composer Tim Thomas, are doing a gig at The Underground Chamber, Brunel Museum, on 16th September 2017. Authentic Blue are unique in that they are one of the few (if not the ONLY) band which specialise in performing new musical theatre writing in a ‘band’ context rather than a traditional theatrical setting – thus bringing the richness of the musical theatre genre to a new and different kind of audience.

    You can read more details at their website: www.authenticblue.co.uk


  • Snappy Title Spotlight: Suzie Aries Big Charity Concert for the Big C

     

    New Musicals Network are delighted to present our latest Snappy Title Spotlight event – the highly talented Suzie Aries and guests in concert, raising money for two charities, including Ovacome – a charity which supports women with ovarian cancer. After being diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, Suzie is determined to turn something negative into something positive. Following a viral video of her story and stating she would do ‘The Big Chop for the Big C’ before undergoing gruelling chemotherapy, she has also raised a lot of money for The Little Princess Trust. Suzie would also like to raise awareness to young people about the symptoms of ovarian cancer so other people can avoid going through what she has gone through. All ticket proceeds will go to Ovacome and Little Princess.

    The concert is on Sunday 3rd September at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, Chelsea.

    Tickets are £15 and all proceeds will be donated to the two charities.

    For more information, and to book tickets, please go to this link:

    https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/snappy-title-spotlight-suzie-aries-big-charity-concert-for-the-big-c

     


  • “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.