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British musical theatre has just had its Woodstock moment: I was there

In Features, Festivals, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

In case you didn’t attend and/or missed the viral buzz – incredibly, this industry event was one of the UK’s top trending events on Twitter for nearly 48 hours – Beam was a two-day event, jointly organised by Mercury Musicals Development and Musical Theatre Network on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 May at London’s Park Theatre, under the slogan “shining a light on new British musical theatre”. And it more than delivered on the promise of that slogan.

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NEWS: Memphis writers’ The Toxic Avenger gets UK premiere at Southwark, 26 Apr

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The Toxic Avenger, the sci-fi rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy from the writers of Memphis the Musical, receives its European premiere at London’s Southwark Playhosue, where it runs from 22 April to 21 May 2016, with a press night on 26 April. The production is directed by Benji Sperring, with musical direction by Alex Beetschen, lighting by Nic Farman and …

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3 important ‘new’ schemes for new musicals that get my full support

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I’ve been thinking a lot about new musicals recently. It’s an oft-quoted adage (a la Sondheim) that musicals are rewritten rather than written. And that’s rewrites over a period usually of years, even decades. So, for the purposes of this blog, I’m defining ‘new’ musicals as ones still being actively re-written by their makers.

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THE STATIONMASTER – Tristan Bates Theatre

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Aria Entertainment’s From Page to Stage platform for new writing in musical theatre is another of those life-lines which refreshes the parts that the West End so rarely reaches – and to see a fledgling musical like The Stationmaster find its feet and roar for the first time on a stage, in a theatre, is immensely gratifying.

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From Page to Stage photos and podcast: Are we doing enough to nurture new musicals?

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Last night I had the privilege of helping to open the third annual From Page to Stage season of new musicals. From Page to Stage is the brainchild of Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment, who also produced The House of Mirrors and Hearts, for which I chaired a post-show Q&A at the Arcola Theatre in July.

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Adam Lenson: The show that changed me from doctor to director

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After recent successes including Songs for a New World at the St James Theatre, Adam Lenson directs the London premiere of See What I Wanna See, now running at the Jermyn Street Theatre. But it’s not his first meaningful encounter with Michael John LaChiusa‘s 2005Off-Broadway musical… In the spring of 2006, I found myself in Dress Circle, the now lost …

SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE – Jermyn Street Theatre

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This was my first visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre and what a lovely, unusual and intimate space to perform an exciting new show in.

A set of three pieces written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and all created to challenge and thought provoke fundamental issues. Michael John LaChiusa has used these stories, writing words and music for this production. The show has been produced in the UK by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.

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NEWS: Nine shows announced for third From Page to Stage season of new musicals

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Aria Entertainment today announces the full programme of work for the third annual From Page To Stage season of new musicals. Tickets are now on sale ranging from £12.00 to £18.00. Nine shows have been announced as part of the season at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre. Readings include a new musical by Loserville writing duo Elliot Davies and James Bourne …

Rock operas: How much does American Idiot owe to Tommy?

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Birth-wise, more than three decades separate The Who’s Tommy and Green Day’s American Idiot, but location-wise, the distance is only three short train stops, from London’s Charing Cross to Greenwich. That is, for the next few weeks in any case. It’s a happy coincidence that these two “rock operas” based on groundbreaking “concept albums” are both […]

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Yes No Maybe – Part 2 – the shows

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We are moving swiftly towards Edinburgh Festival, the Camden Fringe now entering its 10th year under Zena and Michelle, and an amazing smorgesboard of good, great, and not quite to my taste shows. Please excuse this blog, a follow on from my more first Yes No Maybe explorations in Sheffield. This one is written in […]

Photos and podcast: The making of new British musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts

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The adage – usually attributed to Sondheim – that “musicals aren’t written, they’re rewritten” was central to the post-show discussion that I hosted last night at London’s Arcola Theatre. It was the final preview performance of The House of Mirrors and Hearts, the new British chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Robert Gilbert, which faces critics this evening.

Jerry’s Girls – Review

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St James Studio, London****Created by Jerry Herman and Larry AlfordDirected by Kate GolledgeSarah-Louise Young, Anna-Jane Casey and Ria JonesAfter the relative failure of Mack & Mabel on Broadway, Jerry Herman took a break from composition and embr…