So by now you’ll have gathered that I have somewhat of a penchant for new writers. If you were to look back at my blogs, you’ll no doubt discover that I can usually find some way of name-dropping a composer or show into my posts and that I’ve become quite adept at steering almost any subject back to the support of new writing. Everyone has a ‘thing’ and this is mine. Today though, I don’t need to slip in a cheeky mention somewhere because my call for support is out in the open for everyone to heed, as I devote blog number ninety-one to American composer, Scott Alan.
I’ve been behind Scott Alan’s work for some time now – and I’m hardly the only one. Alan has quite the following, on both sides of the Atlantic. Based in New York, he last visited the UK in November 2011 for the Diva’s Sing Scott Alan concert, which saw him joined on stage at the Arts Theatre by some of West End’s best female vocalists, featuring the likes of Alexia Khadime, Chloe Hart, Ashleigh Gray and Sharon D Clarke. Following the success of that concert, Alan will be returning to our shores later this year for a very special reason…
Having already released three very successful albums, Alan is now preparing to release his fourth, New York to London – LIVE. The album will feature of mix of Broadway and West End talent, made up of live recordings of the performances from his Birdland concert in New York this April, and a London concert that is currently still in the planning. Alan is clearly as excited about this as his fans are, having already hinted at what they can expect.
Confirmed to appear on the album is Kerry Ellis (Wicked), as well as West End/Broadway star Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Masterclass) and one of Alan’s closest friends, Shoshana Bean (Dear John Mayer). Alan has also been tweeting teasers about the songs some of the other artists will be performing, which includes Hadley Fraser (Les Miserables) sings ‘Take Me Away’, Stuart Matthew Price (Shrek The Musical) sings ‘Over The Mountains’, Natalie Weiss (Wicked) sings ‘I’m A Star’ and Oliver Thompsett (Rock of Ages) sings ‘Kiss The Air’, the song that’s perhaps most synonymous with the name of Scott Alan. Other popular compositions ‘Free’, ‘Anymore’ and ‘Til Then’ will be included on the album and Alan will be performing himself, singing ‘Blessing’, ‘Ignited By A Dream’, ‘Love, Love, Love’ and of course, ‘Never Neverland’.
There are more guest vocalists to be announced, but for now, Alan is keeping the names under his hat. I can say though that he has approached Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and singer/songwriter Jazmine Sullivan to be a part of his New York concert, and our very own Ramin Karimloo (Love Never Die, Les Miserables). Fans can most likely expect to hear Annalene Beechey (Phantom), Mark Evans (Ghost) and Ashleigh Gray (Wicked) as well, being very good friends of his and regular guests at his London concerts.
Another exciting hint that Alan has given his fans is the prospect of one of them winning the opportunity to be involved in the live album; anyone, from anywhere. No further details have been revealed, but Alan recently tweeted that fans should get themselves a video camera and learn the lyrics for ‘I’m A Star’…
Scott Alan is currently working on new musical Home with book writer Christy Hall, which is aiming for a Broadway run in 2012. With everything he has going on this year already, it looks like 2012 is a good year to be a Scott Alan fan.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
12th January 2012