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Bourne's LOSERVILLE: THE MUSICAL to Hit the West End?

Whatsonstage.com is reporting that Loserville: The Musical, which was successfully staged at Bracknell's South Hill Park Arts Centre in August, may be heading to the West End -- if the play's creator, James Bourne's twitter account is to be believed. 

According to whatsonstage, Bourne's twitter account reads today: "after months of negotiations I finally signed the deal to take Loserville to the West End!" The tweet does not specify a venue.

The show is centred around Michael Dork, aged 17, who is branded a geek and a loser by his peers. Constantly picked on, Michael is desperate to find an escape - and when stunning new girl Holly arrives, he is introduced to a whole new world of cool.

The show is co-written by James Bourne, who is best known for appearing in the bands Busted and Son of Dork and for his songwriting credits with McFly and Boyzone.

A major new show, Loserville: The Musical has an entirely original story inspired by Son Of Dork's last album Welcome to Loserville, and will also feature new songs written by Bourne. The show will be staged between 20-22 August, with a planned London transfer in 2010.

Bourne paired up with musical theatre book writer and composer Elliot Davis (TMA Award for Outstanding Musical Production for Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi) for the project, which featured a cast of thirty of the UK's most talented young performers, selected from over 1500 auditionees around the UK for the Bracknell's production. The company was led by Martin Lowe, who has previously worked as the Musical Director on the West End and international productions of Mamma Mia! as well as the record-breaking film version of the show, and on Jerry Springer: The Opera, Caroline, or Change and War Horse for the National Theatre.

Speaking about the project, James Bourne commented "the show has a brilliant and colourful cast of characters - it's all about the geek coming through. For anyone who ever felt bullied or felt different, this show is for you! We think it will appeal to people who aren't necessary regular musical theatre goers; we hope it will convince some regular music lovers who might not be into musicals that there is something in it for them."

Elliot Davis has said "when James brought the album out with Son of Dork, there were some great stories on there - I thought it would be great to bring those stories out of the songs. This show is unlike any other musicals - it's modern, completely stand-alone and original... we're taking a completely original approach."

Reportedly, the production could be moving to a West End house as early as withing the next six months. 

 

 


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