Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rehearsals finally get under way on "Once on this Island"

So finally we have arrived at the first week of rehearsals for the long awaited return of the musical "Once on this Island"Written by Stephen Flaherty and Linda Ahrens the writers behind the excellent musicial "Ragtime" "Once on this Island" contains some absolutely cracking songs and arrangements..This version is the first in 15 years in the u.k.Martin Lowe of "Mama Mia and Jerry Springer the Opera fame has been drafted in to work in vocally direct the cast and I will Musically Direct the show!So far we are sailing along and enjoying the incredible vocals from a truly first rate cast led by Sharon D Clarke and Melanie Le Barrie..Martin Lowe is an absolutely fantastic vocal direcor so it's a real pleasure to observe him in full flow..A great learning experience as well for me and I intend to make the most of the next 3 months. I will put up updates as the production gathers momentum leading up to the first night in the Birmingham Rep.here are websites if you want to get along to one of the shows on the tour.

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