The team behind Ms. The Songbook are pleased to announce, thanks to a generous donation from Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien, the album is now fully funded and will go into production shortly. The album will be available digitally on iTunes and in a limited physical run of 1000 printed CDs from May 9th 2016.
Ms. The Songbook is conceived by lyricist Rory Sherman in support of The MS Society UK. It is a Song Cycle Musical inspired by women living with Multiple Sclerosis based on blogs, interviews and meetings with people with MS. Simon Greiff (Associate Director Rocky Horror Live) is producing and directing the album. Original music has been composed by George Stiles, Brian Lowdermilk, Robert J Sherman, Sarah Travis, Verity Quade, George Maguire, Amy Bowie, Tamar Broadbent, Eamonn O’Dwyer, Robbie White, Erin Murray Quinlan, Luke Di Somma, Gianni Onori and Paul Boyd. And performances from Caroline Quentin, Janie Dee, Alexia Khadime, Caroline Sheen, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Josefina Gabrielle, Jodie Jacobs, Lillie Flynn, Julie Atherton and more to be announced.
Musical direction comes from Ellie Verkirk. The project aims to generate awareness of the work of The Ms Society whilst encouraging original musical theatre from the best established and emerging artists working today.
In celebration of the album we will be presenting four nights of cabaret evenings celebrating new musical theatre writing, in partnership with The Tabard Theatre called Ms: Directions. The shows run from 24-27 February, directed by Alex Sutton and with Musical Direction from Ben Cox and will be the first public performance of some of the music from the upcoming album. The shows also feature other music from musicals by guests and friends of the ‘Ms.’ Album, performed by a special guest star closely related to the project.
The Tabard Theatre will be raising money for The MS Society throughout the week of the event. Performers for these shows will be announced on twitter @TheMsSongbook and the Facebook page:
with tickets for the shows available here http://www.tabardweb.co.uk/msdirections.htm