Mid February musical news

The producers of FIVER, the sell-out hit musical, which follows the dramatic journey of a five-pound note, are releasing a cast album in March. The album, titled Fiver (Live Concert Recording), is the product of three special, live streamed concert versions of the show, written by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, which played to a global audience in November 2020.

Featuring Dan Buckley, Aoife Clesham, Alex James Ellison,
Hiba Elchikhe and Luke Bayer, the album is available for pre-order now on iTunes and on CD and will be released on Friday 5 March.

Southwark Playhouse continues its fine form in supporting new musical theatre by offering up the premiere of new show Brother in March. Written by Robin Simões da Silva and Annabel Mutale Reed, the workshop folk piece follows a young transgender man making his way in the world.

Directed by Tom Jackson Greaves and produced by Deus Ex Machina Productions, Brother has musical direction and orchestrations by Jack Trzcinski, lighting design by Zoe Spurr and sound design by Roly Botha. The cast will feature Melanie La Barrie, Georgina Lloyd-Owen, Sam Peggs and Robin Simões da Silva. The piece runs from 5th-6th March.

Full casting has been revealed for Joey Contreras’ new musical In Pieces.

The company consists of Kyle Birch (Austyn), Amy Di Bartolomeo (Alex), Hiba Elchikhe (Sam), Jordan Luke Gage (Grey), Ross Harmon (Charlie), Beccy Lane (Jael), Danielle Steers (River), and Luke Street (Hunter), with Erin Bell, Millie Cranston, Jack Dargan, Megan Cerys Holland, Rhianna Richards, and Jason Leigh Winter as the ensemble.

After 4 years of performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera as Ubaldo Piangi, the much-hailed tenor Paul Ettore Tabone now releases his first studio album, This Is Me.

Paul comments on the past year, “In the shadow of lockdown and theatre closures, I was getting withdrawal symptoms and missing singing, performance and the audiences and for me, this became a time to reflect on my journey and the burning need to make that first album”. 

Sheffield Theatres has announced the cast for The Band Plays On by Chris Bush, with Anna-Jane Casey (Annie Get Your Gun, Flowers for Mrs Harris), Maimuna Memon(Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Jesus Christ Superstar), Sandra Marvin (Showboat, Waitress)Jocasta Almgill (Rent, & Juliet) and Jodie Prenger (A Taste of Honey, Oliver!).

From writer Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky’s Edge), The Band Plays On is a rousing night of extraordinary tales and live music. Funny, moving and often unexpected, these episodes from our past might start to show us a way forward.

The piece has direction by Robert Hastie and Anthony Lau, design by Ben Stones, musical supervision and arrangements by Will Stuart, lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound consultancy by Emma Laxton, filming by The Umbrella Rooms and scenic art by Kid Acne.

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