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Unexpected Joy Q&A video: Can this new musical build bridges instead of walls?

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Can musical theatre help us find common ground with those with whom we disagree? If so, Unexpected Joy is undoubtedly the musical to do it. Watch Terri Paddock’s post-show Q&A with the all-female cast, producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and musical director Gareth Bretherton.

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From Page to Stage to Yank, Hair, Toxic & The Addams Family: Focus on Katy Lipson

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Katy Lipson: “Every show you’ve seen me do I’ve loved and I would see it every night if I could. From Jerry’s Girls to Tommy to The Return Of The Soldier to The Addams Family to Toxic Avenger, I’ve loved them all. I produce shows which connect with me because I have to go with my gut.”

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NEWS: Ben Richards leads Some Lovers; more From Page to Stage casting

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Ben Richards returns to musical theatre in the premiere of Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s SOME LOVERS – the headline show for Aria Entertainment’s fifth annual From Page To Stage (FPTS) Summer Festival. Further West End stars also announced for the three-week festival.

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New post-show Q&A: Songwriters’ showcase opening From Page to Stage festival

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As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will help open the fifth annual From Page to Stage season of new musicals with an opening night panel debate including festival founder and prolific producer Katy Lipson on Monday 14 August 2017. Got any questions?

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NEWS: Andrew Lloyd Webber relaunches St James as Other Palace, announces first season

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Andrew Lloyd Webber today announces plans for The Other Palace, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group. The inaugural season, under new artistic director Paul Taylor Mills, will feature a range of musicals including: Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party and premieres of Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House and Fellini adaptation La Strada.

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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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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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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 …