Paul Taylor-Mills has announced MT Fest UK, a two-week festival of new musical theatre at The Other Palace from Monday 11 to Saturday 23 February 2019. The festival will present new work by both emerging and established writers, as well as programming talks and concerts from some of the most celebrated performers, writers and producers currently working in musical theatre. All tickets to events and performances will be between £10-15.
At the centre of the festival will be a Taster Menu series of eight new musicals, each presented as a 45-minute semi-staged sharing in the studio at The Other Palace. The musicals will range from brand new commissions from Taylor-Mills, to re-worked Broadway shows and brand-new musicals that he has developed in his role as affiliate producer at The Other Palace. Beyond the Taster Menu series, the festival will also feature a selection of intimate talks, performances and one-off events throughout the day, including:
- BEAM Brunches, morning songwriter showcases shining a light on some of the most exciting new creators of musical theatre. Presented by Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments, featuring writers discovered at the BEAM2018 showcase.
- Tea For Two, a programme of intimate and frank afternoon conversations with some of the industry’s most celebrated musical theatre practitioners.
- Night Caps, an informal late-night concerts series getting to know some of the country’s eminent musical theatre stars through the songs that shaped them, songs they might never get to sing, and songs from new works.
Paul Taylor-Mills said: “Over the years I’ve been fortunate to meet writers and composers from all over the world, and this festival is about putting their work front and centre and celebrating the process of creating new musicals.
“It’s vital to ensure the musicals seen on our stages in years to come to remain relevant, entertaining and boundary-pushing, and this means giving writers the opportunity to put their work in front of audiences. So MT Fest UK will open the doors to the process of creating new musicals, allowing audiences to see pieces from across the world at various stages in their journeys.”
Announced today are the eight headline musicals that will form the Taster Menu series:
A hilarious and tender musical from Olivier Award-winning composer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera, Anna Nicole), set within an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Music and Lyrics by Thomas.
Musical Dot-Comedy, telling the story of the rise of computer technology and the two men that made it all possible: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Music by Hal Goldberg and Book and Lyrics by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner.
A blind-date newbie and a serial-dater meet for a casual drink that turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. Unfolding in real time, will this first date be their last, or will they see something special before the check arrives? Book by Austin Winsberg and Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner.
Porn the Musical
An anarchic musical that aims to make you throb with delight. When young Stefan’s tranquil life on the island of Malta is shattered by a shock revelation, he heads to America for a fresh start. He’s soon making friends in an industry that might just take some getting used to. Book and Lyrics by Boris Cezek, Kris Spiteri, Malcolm Galea and Abigail Guan, Music by Boris Cezek and Kris Spiteri and Additional Book by Brendan Cull.
But I’m a Cheerleader
The story of Megan, an all-American high school cheerleader who seems to have it all. But her friends and family suspect Megan is a lesbian, so send her packing to the ‘True Directions’ rehabilitation camp to put her on the straight and narrow. Hilarious, cheeky and one of a kind, this is a quirky coming-of-age comedy about sexual awakening and staying true to yourself. Book and Lyrics by Bill Augustin and Music by Andrew Abrams.
Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher
is a musical parody as authorized as a novelist at a crime scene. There’s been another gruesome murder in Cabot Cove! Should we call the police? FBI? CSI? Nope. We have a geriatric novelist on the case. Book by Kevin Zak, Josh Lamon and Phillip Taratula and Music and Lyrics by Keith Varney. Additional Music and Lyrics by Josh Lamon.
The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists
Follows a group of once mighty superheroes battling the forces of evil. But twenty years later, they find themselves battling the forces of thinning hair and menopause. When an old nemesis re-emerges with a sinister plan, can the former super-friends pull it together to save the world again? Book and Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila and Music by Michael Shaieb.
Combines rap and RnB with 18th century France to retell a story that sparked a revolution. When Marie Antoinette married King Louis, her reputation was already tarnished by gossip. But when she is implicated in a crime to defraud the crown jewellers of a diamond necklace, it is not just her reputation at stake, but the monarchy and France itself. Music and Lyrics by Tasha Taylor Johnson, Jack McManus and Jonny Wright and Book by Wright.