West End & Broadway Stars Join Forces to Celebrate the Work of Writing Team Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds
Making Records & Strike Up The Band announce the launch on iTunes of IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING: The Songs Of Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds A 'must buy' for all lovers of musical theatre, this collection of 18 tracks, featuring over 50 artists and musicians, showcases the songs of the Transatlantic writing team Charles Miller (Music - UK) and Kevin Hammonds (Lyrics - USA).
CAROLINE O'CONNOR (Moulin Rouge, Chicago - Broadway, Gypsy, On The Town, Mack & Mabel), PIA DOUWES (Chicago - Broadway & West End, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, Cats, Passion), MARK EVANS (Book Of Mormon, Wicked, Ghost), BRENDA EDWARDS (We Will Rock You, Chicago), JULIE ATHERTON (Avenue Q, Mamma Mia), MICHAEL McCARTHY (Les Miserables - Broadway & West End), CASSIDY JANSON (Wicked, Lend Me A Tenor, Avenue Q), PAUL SPICER (Avenue Q, The Last Five Years). LOUISE PLOWRIGHT (Mamma Mia, Les Miserables), JODIE JACOBS (We Will Rock You, Rock Of Ages, Fame), and SHONA WHITE (Wicked, Mamma Mia, Chess)
Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds have been writing together since 2000, and have penned a staggering 250 songs in that time. Theatre Critic Mark Shenton says: "In a West End now dominated, as is Broadway, by compilations of past pop hits, original composing teams are hard to come by, but Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds continue to blaze this apparently unfashionable path, and I hope that this album paves the way for more of their work to be seen on the stages for which they were written and where they belong."
So far, Broadway and the West End have eluded this prolific team, but their songs and musicals have steadily built up a following with those 'in the know', and this newly released album allows Musical Theatre lovers around the globe to hear for themselves.
A wide range of musical styles is apparent by the diversity of their subject matters, from Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, (an hilarious parody of 1950's Nancy Drew novels) to When Midnight Strikes (a gritty account of the breakdown of a marriage during a New Year's eve party in New York) and Hope (A near-Operatic morality tale with themes of Faith and Redemption).