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New Musical Theatre Initiative Launched

Written by  Friday, 27 December 2013
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Leicester Square Theatre has launched an exciting new initiative to discover emerging talent in Musical Theatre. The New Musical Project invites writers to submit a new, unpublished or never previously performed one-act musical, with the winning work receiving a fully-staged production at the venue’s Lounge space for a four-week run.

The writers must also include a sample of two or three songs from the show. Six finalists will then be picked out of all the submissions, and will have their pieces performed at a rehearsed reading. The theatre will select one writer to have their production fully staged in the Lounge space in May next year.

The six finalists selected for this year’s competition include: Reception by Tom Read Wilson and Gary Albert Hughes; De Profundis by Paul Dale Vickers based on the words of Oscar Wilde; Pierced by Tamar Broadbent; Grace Notes with book and lyrics by Robert Gould and music and lyrics by Christopher J Orton; Part A with music and lyrics by Freya Smith and Jack Williams; and The Next Big Thing with book, lyrics and music by David Kent.

Professional actors, a director and musical director will be provided for the rehearsed reading and the one-act musicals will be performed in front of an audience and industry panel with a Q&A after the performance in order to provide feedback to the writers.

On the panel will be George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, an award-winning writing duo, who have been writing together for over 20 years. Their work include Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes, Just So, Peter Pan and Soho Cinders. Sally Ann Triplett will also be on panel with past credits including Donna in Mamma Mia!, Roxy Hart in Chicago and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.

The theatre said, “This Project is a unique opportunity for writers to develop their work alongside a professional West End Theatre with the support of an experienced creative team. We have no preconceptions. We simply want to find talent and ideas that will entertain audiences for years to come."

To find out more information on the finalist’s individual pieces, click here.

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Claire Mason

Claire enjoys going to the theatre, in particular musicals. If she had to choose, her favourite shows would be Grease and Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz.

Originally from Plymouth, Claire came to west London to study a degree in Journalism at Brunel University. After finishing her degree, Claire decided to combine her passion for writing with her eagerness to learn new skills, stay in the city and pursue a career in PR.

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