Atherton, Jack, Khadime, Lonsdale and More In GIGGIN4GOOD: WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR, May 18

Atherton, Jack, Khadime, Lonsdale and More In GIGGIN4GOOD: WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR, May 18

As the name Disney has always been considered synonymous with entertainment that provides joy and happiness for children with its family-oriented movies and musical theatre stage shows, it is perhaps fitting that the upcoming Giggin4Good concert to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children's hospital should present a show with a Disney theme. "Giggin4Good - When You Wish Upon A Star" will be staged at the Actors' Church, Covent Garden on Sunday May 18.

Giggin4Good, which is produced by children's nannies Emma Howe, Karen Howe and Hayley Guild along with actor/singer Shaun McCourt, has already raised a crucial amount of funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital's oncology, play therapy, respiratory care, neonatal care and palliative care units through a series of concerts since its inception in July 2011. The May concert will raise desperately-needed funds for slow release syringes primarily used in palliative care wards to infuse morphine and other pain relief drugs.

The Giggin4Good producers have put together a diverse and particularly stellar cast of musical theatre vocalists to perform in the concert where the West End meets Disney, including:

Lucy Jane Adcock, Julie Atherton, Marcus Ayton, Charlotte Bradford, John Dudley, Lorraine Graham, Anna Haresnape, James Hume, Lauren Ingram, Keith Jack, Leanne Jones, Alexia Khadime, Jordan Langford, Jeremy Legat, Steffan Lloyd-Evans, Nathan Lodge, Robert Lonsdale, Matt Nalton, Laura Tebbutt, Will Tudor, Benjamin Vivian-Jones, Lisa Anne Wood, Gary Wood.

The show will be musically directed by Marc McBride.

In keeping with Giggin4Good's commitment to promoting and showcasing new musical theatre - previous shows have showcased songs from new musicals such as My Land's Shore, Roundabout and Based On A True Story - there will be a slight break from the Disney theme during the course of the show when songs from the score of brand new musical Shadow On The Sun will be showcased.

Shadow On The Sun is a "Sci-Fi Musical-within-a-musical" written by composer Omri Lahav and librettists/lyricists Robert Gould and Jimmy Granstrom. While telling the story of drug-addicted Sci-Fi novelist Jake Temple and the story of the book he is struggling to write - which is set in a world where a shadow on the sun forces everyone to live in perpetual darkness - the musical poses the question "does reality actually exist"? The 3-song selection from Shadow On the Sun will be performed by Keith Ramsay, Andrew Bateup, Carolyn Maitland, Jodie Steele and Shaun McCourt.

George Ure, a cast member of one of the early Giggin4Good concerts who is currently playing the role of Boq in the UK tour production of Wicked, described Giggin4Good as "a wonderfully diverse evening of entertainment in aid of a truly worthy cause". And "Giggin4Good - When You Wish Upon A Star" promises to be even more diverse and even more entertaining while equally worthy.


St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London Sunday May 18, 2014 at 7pm

Tickets £25 (VIP) £20 (Standard) £15 (Student)

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Robert Gould Robert Gould is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea, a former teacher, a writer of history books for schools (The French Revolution and European Nationalism, 1848-71) and the librettist and lyricist of a number of musicals. Collaborating with composer Ty Kroll, he has written the book and lyrics for the musicals, Lovers, Alone and Vocalize!. Concerts of songs from Lovers and Vocalize! were presented at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (in March 2002 and April 2003) and Alone received its world premiere staging in Madison, Wisconsin in April 2003. He has co-written the book & lyrics(with Jimmy Granstrom) for The Dying Game, a musical that speaks for the victims of HIV/AIDS in Africa (with music by Filip von Uexkull, Ty Kroll & Tristan Bons) - which received a showcase production at the Greenwich Musical Futures season in 2005. He wrote lyrics for the Tim Prottey-Jones albums More With Every Line and Surrounded By The Sounds and is currently developing the musical Roundabout with songwriter Joe Sterling and the musicals Based On A True Story, Elephant Juice, Grace Notes, Flop and My Land's Shore with composer Christopher J. Orton.


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