Exclusive: A fundraising concert will air later this month to raise funds for the creation of new musicals.
As part of the event, which will take place on September 18 at 7 p.m. BST, composers will “offer” unreleased tunes from classic or emerging musicals, many of which have never been heard before.
Title Regenerate: Lost Songs from Musicals, the evening benefits the charity Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) and Musical Theater Network (MTN). Note that the show will no longer be available for download or viewing after this date. You can get a preview below.
Anthony Drew (Identical) explains, “Like all art forms, musical theater is an evolving beast that needs new blood as much as it celebrates the old. Shows as innovative or audacious as Hamilton, The Group Visit, The Book of Mormon and Come from afar would not exist without the legacy passed on by previous generations of songwriters. You read, you listen, you learn – and then you create.”
The public will be able to log in for free and make a donation at www.regeneratemusicals.com. All participants will participate in a draw to win tickets for Six – either in the West End or on Broadway.
The online concert will be hosted by composer, comedian, actress and musician Vikki Stone (The John Bishop Show).
The public can donate at https://bit.ly/regeneratedonate or text MUSIC followed by your donation amount to 70085 to donate that amount. (ex: MUSICALS5 for 5£ / MUSICALS10 for 10£ etc…). SMS will cost the donation amount plus one message at the standard network rate.
Watch Natalie Paris perform a number from SixToby Marlow and Lucy Moss here
Conceived and produced by Neil Marcus, the musical director of the concert is Nick Barstow, while the studio producer is Bartek Podkowa.
The range of bumpers will include:
◉ Tony Award Winner Six writers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss – presenting a new composition, “How Far We’ve Come”, sung by original actor Natalie Paris.
◉ Tony Award-winning writing team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Anastasia) – with a number from their upcoming Broadway show little dancer. The tune is titled “Life Of The Person” and is performed by Adrian Lester.
◉ “It’s Still Me In Here” by Oscar-winning Don Black and Debbie Wiseman from their brand new musical feather boy – sung by Anita Dobson.
◉ The song “I Could Not Miss You More” by Elton John and Tim Rice, taken from the movie Gnomeo and Juliet. It is sung by Duncan James.
◉ The new writer Urielle Klein Mekongo, who sings her composition “Nobody’s There” from Black power desk.
◉ Emerging writers Kit Buchan and Jim Barne, with their discontinued issue “Midtown Christmas Eve” from The seasonsung by Grace Mouat (Revenge of a Blonde) and Dan Partridge (Fat).
◉ Cut number of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil from Miss Saigon“Too Much for One Heart”, sung by Desmonda Cathabel (winner of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year 2022 award).
◉ Stephane Schwartz (Nasty), which provides “Leaving Myself Behind” from his new project marley. He will accompany Broadway actor Michael McCorry Rose on the piano.
◉ Composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family), featuring “It Should Be Funny” from the musical jerry christmaswritten with Daniel Goldfarb (The Incredible Mrs. Maisel), and sung by Olivier Prize winner Janie Dee (Follies).
◉ Tony Award-winning actor and writer Douglas Hodge (101 Dalmatians), who will perform “Counting The Hairs” from his musical Wigmakerwritten with playwright Bryony Lavery.
◉ A duet by Masi Asare (Paradise Square), titled “How Would You Know?” new show Rishvorsung by Alice Fearn (Come from afar, villain) and Aisha Jawando (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical).
◉ The song “You And Me Buddy” by Stuart Brayson, written for From here to eternity. He will be portrayed by George Maguire (sunny afternoon) and Luke friend (The X factor finalist).
◉ Omar Baroud (Cliff in Cabaret) will sing a duet “Without” from his new musical After Elijah with Hanna Khogali (Britannicus). Omar is the most recent recipient of the Stiles Plus Drewe Mentorship Award in association with MMD.
◉ Another brand new musical song by Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic) of his current writing project The big bridge on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. The track, “For My Father”, is sung by Luke McCall (Wretched).
◉ “Mrs Me” by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, written for a romantic comedy film, “which, like so many projects in Tinseltown, bit the dust long before the final script”, will be sung by Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (A Blonde’s Revenge).
◉ Canadian husband and wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Come from afar), who offered a first song, subway sparrowsung by Frances Mayli McCann (Bonnie and Clyde).