Bobby Cronin's THE CONCRETE JUNGLE International Recording Released on iTunes; Concert Set for Tonight
Tonight, 24th March ILIADebuts are hosting a concert celebrating the release of Bobby Cronin's The Concrete Jungle International Studio Recording at St James Theatre Studio, London. The album is now available on iTunes!
The Concrete Jungle has music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Bobby Cronin & Crystal Skillman and has been released on the Great White Wax label; produced by Burlington Productions in association with Nick Lloyd Webber & James D. Reid.Cast members of the recording, cast by Will Burton CDG for David Grindrod Associates, already confirmed to perform are Rebecca Trehearn (Abby), Danielle Hope (Katie) and Olivia Phillip (Claire). Other fabulous West End talent performing at the album release concert include Tom Parsons (Guy), Craig Mather (Simon), Cynthia Erivo (Vanessa), Fra Fee (Sailor), Natasha Barnes, Michael Pickering, Chloe Hart, Edd Post, Iwan Lewis, Scott Garnham, Matthew Barrow, Sam Lupton and Ceili O'Connor, plus a special guest appearance by Nathan James. Musical Director for the concert will be George Dyer, with musical arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Haslam (MD on The Concrete Jungle album). The concert will feature songs from the album as well as a handful of tunes from Bobby's other musicals including the 2012 Alec Baldwin Fellowship winning 'Til Death Do Us Part, W2ML, & Sunset City.
Tickets are available from £10.00 - £20.00 on the St James Theatre website: http://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/events/bobby-cronin.
NYC based award winning composer/writer Bobby Cronin is no stranger to London, his debut was hosted in January 2010 at The Players Theatre and his music is becoming more and more part of the new music theatre scene in London. The Concrete Jungle was originally commissioned by Chris Hocking, Director of Musical Theatre at the prestigious Arts Educational School London (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber) for the graduating students of 2012. A contemporary take on the Cyrano de Bergerac story with a female twist, The Concrete Jungle is a romantic comedy of epic proportions, set in The Concrete Jungle Bar & Grill in New York City, where Abby, a nearing 30-year old Ivy League graduate, works while waiting for her writing career and love life to finally start. When Abby receives a random phone call, her life is changed forever as hilarity and mistaken identity infiltrate The Concrete Jungle. Can Abby find the strength to tell her romantic interest the truth or will she continue sleeping sideways in her lonely bed, letting her soul mate say, "I love you" to the wrong woman?
Bobby Cronin's Pop/Rock musical WELCOME TO MY LIFE (W2ML) with co-bookwriter Alicia Dempster is under a Broadway option. He and book writer Allen Mogol were awarded 2012 The Alec Baldwin Fellowship in NYC for their musical 'TIL DEATHT DO US PART. He is the first American commissioned to pen an original musical (THE CONCRETE JUNGLE) for London's esteemed ArtsEd School (President: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber). DAYBREAK (add'l material by Brett Teresa; 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest winner) premiered in NJ & London in June 2012. Music and songs for the webseries THANK YOU, NEXT (LAWebFest Award, Best Original Song). Other: Lincoln Center Songbook Series, Joe's Pub, Birdland, Symphony Space, London's The Players Theatre, more. "Reach The Sky: Live at The Beechman" on iTunes. Yale graduate, Member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild. For more information visit www.bobbycronin.com and follow Bobby on Twitter @bobbycronin.
Crystal Skillman is the author of CUT (The Management, Apollinaire), THE VIGIL (ITG/Brick; 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script) and BIRTHDAY (Rising Phoenix Rep) and FOLLOW. Her new play GEEK will debut in NYC with Vampire Cowboys this March running through April;WILD, debuted in Chicago with Kid Brooklyn Productions this past summer, will make it's UK debut with Kibo Productions in summer 2013. She is currently the screenwriter of RUN in development with director Michael Melamedoff and is a co-book writer on Bobby Cronin's musical THE CONCRETE JUNGLE (international recording coming out this spring). She is at work on her new drama ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE (Developed at IRT/Overturn Theater). Crystal is represented by Abrams Artists Agency and is a part of the MCC Playwrights' Coalition, as well as a Women's Project Lab and Soho Rep Lab alumni. Plays available from Samuel French and indietheaternow.com.
ILIADebuts have facilitated the London concert debuts of Jonathan Reid Gealt (November 2011) and David Are (March 2012) as Conrow Productions and under their new ILIADebuts have hosted Bobby Cronin's first public London masterclass (September 2012), facilitated an unrehearsed reading of 'The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes' by Kooman & Dimond (November 2012) and the London concert debut of Kooman & Dimond (December 2012). On all occasions they have worked very closely with the songwriters who have come over from America for each event. They have also worked with some wonderful MD's and performers. They are absolutely thrilled to be producing the release concert for the international recording of The Concrete Jungle and especially pleased to be hosting it in such a gorgeous venue, St James' Theatre Studio. Follow us on Twitter @ILIADebuts.