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West End premiere of Drew Gasparini’s I Could Use A Drink

After a successful UK streaming event, Drew Gasparini’s hit album, ‘I Could Use A Drink’ is now headed to the West End for one night only – with added songs and an increase in the cast to 9 musical theatre stars!

West End premiere of Drew Gasparini’s I Could Use A DrinkOriginally released in 2013, Gasparini’s album is an eclectic mix of progressive contemporary Musical Theatre (both poignant and hilarious) with themes ranging from teen pregnancy and heartbreak to mass shootings due to bullying.

Now for its West End premiere, producers Liam Gartland and Alex Conder reimagine its cutting edge musical theatre songs with some of the West End’s stars of present and the future including AHMED HAMAD (‘Rent’), BILLY NEVERS (‘& Juliet’/’Jesus Christ Superstar’), CAROLINE KAY (‘Daisy’/‘The Space Between’), LUKE BAYER (‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’/’Soho Cinders’), MAIYA QUANSAH-BREED (‘SIX’, ‘Rent’), OLIVIA LALLO (GSA 2020 graduate) and TOM FRANCIS (‘Rent’), with more cast to be announced.

‘I Could Use A Drink’ will play the Garrick Theatre on Monday 2 August,
2021 at 7pm.

Musical Direction Flynn Sturgeon.
Director Alex Conder.

Produced by Alex Conder and Liam Gartland for Gartland Productions.

Drew Gasparini
Drew Gasparini is an award-winning  musical theatre composer/lyricist, a singer/songwriter, and a teacher. He is equally committed to forging a new sound in the intersection between theatre and pop, to nurturing the next generation of artists, and to throwing one hell of a party.

Drew is currently developing a number of new stage musicals including the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of ‘The Karate Kid’ (book by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen), ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ (book by Alex Brightman); ‘Night Shift’ (book by screenwriters Babaloo Mandel & Lowell Ganz); and ‘The Whipping Boy’ (book and co-lyrics by Brightman). Other writing projects include the infamous, award-winning Super Bowl publicity stunt, Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, starring Michael C. Hall (book by Will Eno, lyrics with Nathaniel Lawler, directed by Sarah Benson); ‘We Aren’t Kids Anymore’ (a song cycle); ‘Everything in its Place: The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers’, a one-man-show starring Marc Summers, and ‘Make Me Bad’ (both with scripts by Alex Brightman); ‘Crazy, Just Like Me’ (2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival “Best of Fest”); Turn of the Screw and #UntitledPopMusical (both with Michael Kimmel); and songs for Hit List on the NBC television series ‘SMASH’, the children’s cooking programme ‘Monica’s Mixing Bowl’, and ‘Hot Mess in Manhattan’ (“The Text Message Song”).

Drew’s unique brand of musical theatre concerts have been performed to sold-out houses around the world at venues such as Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in D.C., and the St. James Theatre in London. Much of Drew’s comedic writing and performing is done with a collective of lovable wackos/Broadway besties, Alex Brightman (‘School of Rock’, ‘Beetlejuice’), F. Michael Haynie (‘Frozen’, ‘Wicked’), and Andrew Kober (‘Beautiful’, ‘Hair’, ‘Les Miserables’). They are lovingly referred to as The (M)orons.

Drew also writes, records, and performs as a solo artist as well as in his folk-pop band (along with his two sisters Kasie and Chloe) called Saint Adeline.

A few of the songs are sufficiently wordy to draw a comparison between Drew Gaspirini and Jason Robert Brown. I Could Use A Drink isn’t quite as profound as Songs For A New World, but this is a positively intense and heartfelt experience. Review of I Could Use a Drink

LISTINGS INFORMATION
I Could I Use a Drink
Garrick Theatre
2 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0HH
Monday 2 August, 2021
Duration: 2hrs including one interval
Age recommendation: 16+
Tickets: from £21.00
Box office: 0330 333 4811
www.nimaxtheatres.com

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