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Mel Giedroyc Joins the Star Studded Cast of NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS

The Great British Bake Off host MEL GIEDROYC joins a star studded cast of NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS giving the West End a unique experience of seeing star performances of songs from four new musicals, in this one off Gala Concert at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER at 7.30pm produced by musical theatre Production Company The Stable.

The star cast also includes: Douglas Hodge (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory), Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy - Game Of Thrones), Haydn Gwynne (Threepenny Opera), jazz supremo Ian Shaw, Alex Gaumond (We Will Rock You), sublime tenor HAL CAZALET and singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert (The A-Z Of Mrs. P). Top West End performers also joining the company include: Jos Slovic, Emmanuel Kojo, James Smoker, Katie Bernstein and Daniella Bowen** - not to mention a Brass Band and kids from Sylvia Young Theatre School!

NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS is just that, the first opportunity to enjoy a sneak preview of four exciting new musicals that will go into full production from 2017 onwards, hearing their songs for the first time in this fully staged concert production. The best in new British musical theatre with:

  • WIGMAKER a modern hairy fairy tale about a beautiful wigmaker - but when she locks the door at night the wigs come to life, with music and lyrics by the acclaimed Tony award winning actor Douglas Hodge and book by celebrated playwright Bryony Lavery. DOUGLAS will be performing songs from the show alongside Haydn Gwynne who will sing the show stopping Women Go Grey!
  • FANATICAL - a romantic comedy which takes place at a Science Fiction Convention by Matt Board and Reina Hardy, includes: MEL GIEDROYC as Trix, the rather inadequate conference organiser, singing the comic patter number Best Con Ever; and a power Ballard to be performed by Game Of Thrones' Gemma Whelan, in her musical and West End debut. A talented young production team will work with the FANATICAL sequence, directed by Lotte Wakeham (And The World Goes Round - Stephen Joseph Theatre). FANATICAL is choreographed by Tim Jackson (Stepping Out - West End, Made in Dagenham - Hornchurch) who will also be overseeing the evening's continuity of NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS as Gala Director.
  • JOAN - the life and times of Joan Littlewood written by Gwyneth Herbert and Mel Brimfield, with performances from Ian Shaw performing Hey Joan (inspired by Murray Melvin's recollections of life with Joan), a surprise guest playing Joan sings Puppet On A Shoestring - an anthem to Joan's credo for living and GWYNETH singing Fun Palace, with a cast of children and a Brass Band!
  • THE HAPPY PRINCE - the classic Oscar Wilde story brought to life, with a score by opera singer Hal Cazalet and book by Michael Barry. Performances will include the heart breaking pas de deux between the tragic Swallow and the happy Prince, directed by quadruple Oliver Award winner Maria Friedman and choreographed by hotshot Drew McOnie (In The Heights) and danced by Sophia Hurdley and Alan Vincent, both principles with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Company.

MEL says: "I have adored musical theatre since the age of five when I would listen to Jesus Christ Superstar religiously (!), everyday after school and act out all the parts. So I am HUGELY excited to be performing not in my parents' living-room, but in The Stable's first ever public Gala!"

Douglas Hodge says: "I've always had a secret life as a songwriter, so when The Stable came forward to commission WIGMAKER I leapt at the chance. The story started life as a short film and then when I married a wigmaker in real life it seemed crazy not to follow the notion all the way to the West End. I've always been envious of the way Broadway generates and develops as many new musicals as plays, and now The Stable is supporting home grown brand new musicals. It won't just be a chance for the audience to see new work it will be the first chance too for the composers to see their work up on its feet."

THE STABLE is headed up by Neil Marcus alongside his expert team, all of whom have enviable reputations in the world of musical theatre. THE STABLE is also very proud of their close working relationship with The Kevin Spacey Foundation on their Artists Of Choice Initiative both in New York and London. THE STABLE is also developing THE RHYTHM METHOD by Gwyneth Herbert and Diane Samuels, a musical revue that looks at issues surrounding fertility, supported by The Wellcome Trust.

A ground-breaking evening in the West End for all musical lovers: NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS.

**All cast appear subject to availability on the night.

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