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THE CONFESSION ROOM Concept Recording Released, With Casey, Chisnall, Gaumond & Hunter


SimG Records, the leading independent British label devoted to new musical theatre writers and artists, is to release the concept recording of the new British musical The Confession Room, on Friday 31st May 2013.

The cast is comprised of stellar West End stalwarts; Anna-Jane Casey (Billy Elliot, Spamalot, Chicago), Dean Chisnall (Shrek, Love Never Dies, Never Forget), Alex Gaumond (Top Hat, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde), and Ross Hunter (Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You), with Matthew Rowland (Taboo, Darling of the Day), Devon Johnson (Taboo, Spring Awakening), Joshua Lovell (Soho Cinders, Joseph), Rebecca-Jayne Davies (Jersey Boys, West Side Story) plus Natalie Bush, Steven Bush, Ben Fenner and Stephanie Clift.

The Confession Room, with music and lyrics by Dan Looney, book by Patrick Wilde (based on an original idea by Dan Looney and Reece Looney) and additional lyrics by Reece Looney and Sam Champness, is a new original British musical about a group of people who come to The Confession Room to spill their most embarrassing confessions and stories; a way of getting it off of their chest in front of a group of strangers rather than the humiliation they may face in telling their friends. We see confessions of all types: from hysterical stories to unbelievable tales, from sexual fantasies to touching moments of grief; the show is a message of how not to bottle up your feelings. But can the counsellor Caroline get over her own personal problems? And can she cope with new member Oliver whose opinions begin to divide the group - but won't reveal why he is in the room himself?

The 'Limited Edition' concept recording boasts a 12-page colour booklet and a bonus track exclusive to the physical copy (and not available when purchased as a download). The album also features a thirty-strong ensemble cast, made up of past and present musical theatre students from the prestigious Arts Educational School (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber), plus a ten-piece band led by Musical Supervisor Timothy Evans and Orchestrator & band Musical Director Florian Cooper.

The Confession Room is the debut musical for Dan Looney, and the song 'Excalibur93' from the show was a finalist in the 2013 Stiles & Drewe Song Prize. He has previously written music for 'Judy, The Righteous' (Trafalgar Studios & King's Head Theatre), and is the current composer on 'Oil & Trouble' a new dance piece produced by TREMers. Dan is currently writing two new musicals and has also written for various jazz and indie UK artists. Acclaimed American composer Bobby Cronin described Dan's music as "Clever, witty, heartfelt, melodic, passionate, humorous, universal, and more. He is someone to watch out for!"

The Confession Room is Produced by Simon Greiff for SimG Records, and will be available from iTunes, and direct from and now.

** The first 50 pre-orders will be signed by the West End cast, and all orders will be posted out as soon as possible. **

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