When it comes to new writing there is a pool of talent here in the UK, but there is also a fair share of writers making ripples across the pond. The American theatre scene is littered with a wealth of composers and on Sunday 20th May 2012, a selection of work from a few of them is heading to our shores for a one night only performance.
Some names you will know and some you may not, but Waiting For More provides a wonderful opportunity to familiarise yourself with them all. Presented by #1Entertainment, the event at Soho’s popular theatrical venue Freedom Bar features new songs from writers such as Joey Contreras, Marcy and Zina, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, Brad Alexander and Gaby Alter. It will also include the compositions of one of my personal favourites, Scott Alan, who has previously visited the UK on a number of occasions to perform for London audiences.
A host of West End vocalists will be there on the night to perform the songs of each of these writers. There are some great names in the line-up, with the likes of Stevie Tate-Bauer (Wicked, Lord of the Rings), Sian Walker (Cinderella, The Little Big Club), Andrew Waldron (A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music), Phoebe Fildes (A Little Bit of Rogers and Hammerstein, An Evening with Max Reinhardt), Michelle LaFortune (Joseph, Oklahoma), David Malcolm (Kiss Me Kate, An Ideal Husband), Chantal Amber-Rose (La Boheme, Cinderella), Gareth Andrews (Patience, Dick Whittington), Andy Bryant (Wicked, Fresher), James Darch (Fresher), Colin Burnicle and Tash Holloway. Angharad Sanders will also be a guest vocalist, in addition to providing musical direction for the event.
In an extra treat for the audience, American composer Bobby Cronin will be making a special guest appearance to perform some of his work. Two of Cronin’s new shows, Daybreak and Concrete Jungle, are currently being premiered here in London.
You don’t have to be an avid fan of new writing to enjoy the event. Waiting For More is a celebration of musical theatre and offers a little glimpse at its future, as these writers forge a promising new path forward.
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
Tuesday 15th May 2012