Lloyd-Webber Development Space Working on Five New Musicals

Little Beasts

Five new musicals are in development and Andrew Lloyd-Webber's new theatre space.

The Other Palace opened in February as a new home for musical theatre, the idea behind the venue is to discover, develop and reimagine musicals.

The Other Palace - Photo by Craig Sugden
The Other Palace - Photo by Craig Sugden

 

The team want the spaces to be used to nurture the next generation of musicals, and the creatives behind them.

Now they've announced five musicals they're working on for this year: Heathers The Musical, Dr Feelgood, Joybubbles, Bonnie & Clyde and The Little Beasts.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said:

“I want The Other Palace to become the London space where writers and producers can try out and perfect new work, offering audiences the opportunity to see and contribute to musicals in development.

"My hopes for The Other Palace are based on my experience with “School of Rock” in America. 

"I presented “School of Rock” as a staged workshop at the Gramercy Theatre, a rock venue in New York.

"By not premiering the musical in a finished form with elaborate sets, it gave the creative team complete flexibility to refine the material. It was a liberating experience for all of us.”

The Other Palace Theatre - Photo by Craig Sugden
The Other Palace Theatre - Photo by Craig Sugden

 

The Other Palace Artistic Director, Paul Taylor Mills added:

“We’re delighted to be hosting a series of initiatives that truly nurture artists and their work, and allow our audience to be an important part of the action.

"Our Development Programme is at the heart of our vision to advance the musicals of tomorrow whilst reimagining the classics.”

"In our first Work in Progress series we’re developing two brand new British musicals and rediscovering two American musicals."

The five new musicals in the first 'Work in Progress' series:

Heathers

Heathers The Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe “(Legally Blonde” and “Bat Boy”) and Kevin Murphy (“Reefer Madness” and “Desperate Housewives”) and original production directed by Andy Fickman.

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers.

  • Tuesday 30 May, 8.00pm
  • Thursday 1 June, 8.00pm
  • Friday 2 June, 8.00pm
  • Saturday 3 June, 3.00pm and 8.00pm

Dr-Feelgood

Dr Feelgood

Book and Lyrics by Alex Baranowski, Music and LyricsDavid Watson, Directed by Sam Yates.

When the wife of anambitious young doctor diesat the hands of the medicalsystem he reveres, he setshimself along a vigilante-likepath, using unorthodox,unethical medical practiceto propel him towards thetop of American society,but ends up disgraced,as nothing more than ahigh-class drug dealer.

  • Saturday 10 June, 8.00pm

 Joybubbles

Joybubbles

Book and Lyrics by Carl Grose, Music & Lyrics by Alex Silverman, Directed by Raz Shaw.

Joe Engressia was born in1 949 completely blind but with perfect pitch. This gift enabled him to escape into the world of the newly-established telephone network. But when this is taken from him, Joe decides to become five years old again and changes his name to Joybubbles. And boy, does he have some stories to tell...

  • Saturday 17 June, 8.00pm

Bonnie-and-Clyde

Bonnie & Clyde

Book by Ivan Menchell, Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Frank Wildhorn

When Bonnie and Clyde meet, their mutual cravings for excitement and fame immediately set them on a mission to chase their dreams. Their bold and reckless behaviour turns the young lovers' thrilling adventure into a downward spiral, with the lovers resorting to robbery and murder to survive. As the infamous duo's fame grows bigger, their inevitable end draws nearer.

  • Monday 26 June, 8.00pm
  • Thursday 29 June, 2.00pm
  • Friday 30 June, 8.00pm
  • Saturday 1 July, 3.00pm and 8.00pm

Little Beasts

Perfect Pitch presents The Little Beasts

This dark and imaginatively comic musical follows a selfish little girl who runs away from home and discovers a magical menagerie filled with animals that used to be children before their naughtiness brought them to untimely ends. When the menagerie’s menacing proprietor tasks her to choose one animal to set free, she must decide which one, if any, has learned its lesson. But things are not what they seem, and is any child truly naughty?

  • Friday 14 July, 11.00am and 7.30pm
  • Saturday 15 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Thursday 20 July, 11.00am and 7.30pm
  • Friday 21 July; Saturday 22 July; Thursday 27 July; Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July, all at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
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