West End Recording of ONLY YOU CAN SAVE MANKIND Gets CD Release Today, December 2
Today sees the release of Only You Can Save Mankind, a studio concept album recorded by major West End stars, of a sci-fi stage musical based on the international best-selling book by Terry Pratchett.
Only You Can Save Mankind - The Album will be available to download individually or as an entire album on Monday November 23. The CD?will be released on Wednesday December 2.
Daniel Boys (Avenue Q), Sharon D. Clarke (who originated the role of the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You), Zubin Varla (Judas in the last West End production of Jesus Christ Superstar) and Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero in Wicked) are some of the well-known singers on the album, who appear alongside acclaimed cellist Zoe Martlew (BBC TV's Maestro competition).
The producers are donating 10% of the profits to the Alzheimer's Research Trust. In December 2007, Terry Pratchett revealed that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Since then, he has become Patron of The Alzheimer's Research Trust and has done a great deal of work to raise the profile of the disease and campaign for higher government research as well as making a sizeable donation himself.
Only You Can Save Mankind - The Album, with music by young British composer Leighton James House (Lifts, A Brief Affair), and lyrics by Shaun McKenna (West End musicals Lord of the Rings, Là Cava, Maddie and Lautrec), received rave reviews in a production at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A major UK touring theatre production is planned for 2010.
As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons. But it's only a game, or is it?
Only You Can Save Mankind - The Album is produced by Neil Brock (David Garrett, Baaba Maal), with orchestrations by Tom Deering (Musical Director of the Witches of Eastwick UK tour with Marti Pellow).
REVIEWS OF THE 2004 EDINBURGH FESTIVAL PRODUCTION
"The songs are excellent, witty, melodic and with a couple of soaring
power ballads that are deeply effecting...
This is clearly a show with a future'
The Daily Telegraph
"It has moments of emotional delicacy,
and keeps the story rolling... "