FROM PAGE TO STAGE Festival Announces Line-Ups!
Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Robert McWhir of The Landor Theatre are delighted to announce the full programme of work for the second annual From Page To Stage Festival, a season of new musical theatre at the Landor Theatre from Monday 10 February to Sunday 9 March 2014. The full season of work is on sale now with tickets to the two headline musicals at £15 and tickets to all other events in the season at £10.
From Page To Stage is a season of new musical theatre dedicated to the showcasing of work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved. The 2014 season was selected from an open application process which saw 120 musicals submitted, and presents a mixed programme of work at various stages of development from rehearsed readings to fully staged productions, as well as a selection of platform and scratch events aimed at inspiring discussion about the future of musical theatre on a local, national and international level. Following the success of last year's inaugural festival, From Page To Stage has also been awarded an Arts Council grant to support the 2014 programme of work.
The 2014 season will feature two fully staged productions, presenting the UK Premieres of a British and an American musical in week-long runs:
BEFORE THE NIGHT IS THROUGH
TUESDAY 15 TO SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2014
Before the Night is Through is a brand new British musical with Book and Lyrics by Olivia Thompson and Music by Chris Whitehead.
November 1935. Honey Quenelle, England's biggest movie star is hosting a lavish party to celebrate her birthday, at her remote home on Lost Crow Island. The champagne is chilling, the glamorous guests are ready for an unforgettable night and reliable butler, Hugo is on hand to make sure the evening goes without a hitch. But when catering fails to arrive, news filters through of an escaped inmate at Beningford asylum, and Gaylord, the gerbil escapes from the soup tureen, events take a nasty turn. Who is about to meet their maker? Who cannot escape from their past? And who will be brave enough to sample Mabel's devilled prunes before the night is through....
THE MISTRESS CYCLE
TUESDAY 4 TO SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014
Mistress: a woman who illicitly occupies the place of wife - practically speaking, anyone who comes second. Jezebel, Siren, Vixen, Enchantress, Adulteress.
A musical tale of sacrifice, destruction and renewal, The Mistress Cycle is the story of Tess, a struggling 30-something photographer living in Manhattan, who is made an offer by a wealthy, older man to "keep her" as his mistress. As she wrestles with his proposition, Mistresses from different eras and cultures come to tell their stories and share their points-of-view: Ching, a 14-year-old concubine from 12th century China; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 1500's; Lulu White, a bordello Madame in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans; and Anais Nin, the famous diarist and infamous sexual adventuress. By the end of the show, Tess has learned so much about these women, about mistresshood, about herself - and has made her decision.
Three musicals will be showcased in the form of a rehearsed reading:
TUESDAY 11 AND WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2014
1970. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end. But twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn't know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and meets the Queen of Broadway Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star...making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman's Apprentice.