JemmThree to Present SCROOGE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL & More Next Week
JemmThree, the UK's first 24/7 radio station dedicated to musical theatre, is having a Musical Theatre Christmas by raising the curtain on nine musicals, with many narrated by the shows' own writing teams.
Every day from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day, JemmThree will broadcast a musical in its entirety at 7pm. The majority of these shows have a festive theme and have been created by established and up and coming composers including Alan Menken, Stiles and Drewe, Leslie Bricusse, Chris Burgess and Paul Boyd. The composers featured have won numerous awards including Oscars, Golden Globes, Tony and Olivier Awards.
Leading British musical theatre record labels JAY Records and SimG Records have worked alongside JemmThree to offer seven of the nine shows being featured with British composers Laurence Mark Wythe and Charles Miller providing the remaining two shows.
JemmThree's Musical Theatre Christmas begins on Christmas Eve with the Leslie Bricusse musical Scrooge, with Anthony Newley as the eponymous lead. It's followed on Christmas Day by the Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens adaptation of A Christmas Carol, with an all-star cast including Kelsey Grammer, Jane Krakowski and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
British writing team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe are featured twice in JemmThree's Musical Theatre Christmas with Soho Cinders, their contemporary twist on the classic Cinderella story, and The Three Little Pigs, their latest family musical. Stiles will narrate Soho Cinders while Drewe will be the narrator for The Three Little Pigs.
Contemporary musicals Sleeping Arrangements, by Chris Burgess (based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella), and When Midnight Strikes, by Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds, both had recent productions in London, receiving excellent reviews, while That Time of the Year, a musical revue conceived by Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman, is having its UK premier on JemmThree.
Bringing the curtain down on JemmThree's Musical Theatre Christmas is Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory. This titillating tale by Paul Boyd was due to be performed at the Hackney Empire in September 2013 but was unexpectedly cancelled at the last minute. Its broadcast on New Year's Day will finally introduce this satirical show to a wider audience.
Alongside this bespoke programming, JemmThree will also broadcast over 150 seasonal show tunes, the majority of which are making their JemmThree debuts this December, from shows such as Elf - The Musical, A Christmas Story, Songs For A New World, Christmas in New York, Mame, Annie, White Christmas and many more.
Stephen Beeny, head of music at JemmThree said: "Musical films like The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music have always played an important role in Christmas celebrations. We're building on that tradition with JemmThree's Musical Theatre Christmas and I'm proud to launch our first season with such a strong line-up of shows, featuring a mix of classic and contemporary musicals to touch the heart and raise the spirits.
"It's been a real pleasure to work with the very best British musical theatre record companies and composers to achieve this. I'm very excited to be able to bring these exciting shows, in their entirety, to a wider audience on JemmThree. Make sure you have yourself a JemmThree Musical Theatre Christmas."
Simon Greiff from SimG Records said: "SimG Records are thrilled to be included in JemmThree's exciting inaugural 'Christmas Feature'. SimG has fast become the UKs leading independent record label supporting new British writers, and having JemmThree's support and encouragement will only help bring original, fresh musical theatre to a fervent and eager new audience."