A Night at the Oscars

A Night at the Oscars

Wednesday 7 February – Sunday 4 March 2018
Upstairs at the Gatehouse

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Sunday 11 March 2018
Radlett Centre

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Every year Hollywood pats itself on the back and celebrates its best films, best performers and best songs. A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS tells the story of the Golden Age of Hollywood through song, dance and stories! Enjoy the fabulous music of Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Kern, Arlen, Bernstein, Mercer, Mancini, Hamlisch and more! Follow the enthralling tale of the rise and fall of a Dream Factory, the like of which will never be seen again.

A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS compresses forty years of Oscar-mania into a jam-packed two-hour entertainment.

IT’S A NIGHT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!


Directed by Bronagh Lagan
Written by Chris Burgess
Musical Arrangements by Andy Collyer

From Page To Stage 2017

From Page to Stage 2017
Monday 14 August – Sunday 3 September 2017

The Other Palace

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Aria Entertainment are delighted to announce their exciting musical concerts and the eleven new musicals selected to be showcased during their Summer Festival at The Other Palace (Monday 14 August – Sunday 3 September 2017) including: musical royalty with Tony and Grammy Award winning writer Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and Academy Award, Grammy Award winning pop legend Burt Bacharach’s new musical Some Lovers – a fully produced main house production; and titular royalty on stage in the studio, with the coming of age new family musical The Queen’s Nose by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders, adapted from the right royal author Dick King-Smith’s delightfully funny children’s book.


Fast becoming the world’s leading new musical theatre Summer Festival From Page To Stage moves into The Other Palace, where night and day over the three weeks, the sound of music from new musicals from across the globe will be brought to life; both in the theatre and studio – and even the bar. From a record breaking 302 submissions from 15 countries, the selected new musicals will be showcased and performed by top West End performers, directors, choreographers,  musicians and musical directors – showing each step of a new musical, with workshops, readings, showcases (25 minute tasters of musicals) and fully staged productions.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, owner of The Other Palace says: “I am thrilled that Katy Lipson is bringing From Page to Stage to The Other Palace, in August. It buoys my hope that The Other Palace will become a breeding ground for new musicals and a genuine hub for anyone interested in musical theatre.”

The Festival will open with the slick cutting-edge Song Writers Showcase (14 Aug), giving a professional platform for some awesome new musical songs from a plethora of musical genres, very clearly showing the calibre of shows on tap for three weeks at The Other Palace.

Creating a perfect From Page To Stage mini Family Festival in the studio (28 Aug-02 Sept), The Queen’s Nose will be one of three family shows alongside the infectious tale of Chicken Little by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary; and the first musical where the world of carnivores and herbivores clash in Dinostory by Luke Di Somma, Mark Anderson and Erin Carter.

The Festival includes darker musicals XY (15 – 17 Aug) by Oliver Houser: “whilst studying on my undergraduate psychology course, I learnt about the psychologically harmful, non-consensual corrective surgeries still performed regularly on intersex infants. It’s been percolating in me for 5 years….” – Christopher Dickens and Tom Wright’s Rebel Song (21 – 23 Aug), a topical love story adapted from the award-winning novel At Swim, Two Boys…… – and One Way (24 – 26 Aug), in which an astrophysicist is selected to go on the first one-way trip to Mars by Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel.

Other exciting musicals being premiered at From Page To Stage include: The Edinburgh 7 (24 – 26 Aug) by young bloods Christina Tweeddale & Catherine Myers (from the band Honeyblood), the Kielty Brothers and Jordanna O’Neill – their musical of women’s suffrage and their fight to study medicine in 1866…. – The comedy musical by Chris Burgess, The Girls of Downey Hall (24 – 26 Aug) based on Jenny Colgan’s best-selling novel Class …. – Tasha Taylor Johnson (Feed Your Ego) and musical director Phil Cornwell’s Cult! (24 – 26 Aug) a comedy tale of an unlikely group of Doomsday Seekers…. – and One Day (28 – 30 Aug) by Ben Toth, Todd Almond and Anil Baral set in 1972 Northern Ireland: Catholic against Protestant, Irish against British, neighbour against neighbour….

And the headline show: Some Lovers (24 Aug – 02 Sept) – Bacharach’s first new score for the theatre since 1968s Promises Promises. Steven Sater says: “Love songs, that’s what I write. Burt and I had just written our first song together; and some months and any number of songs later I came to recognise how distinct our songs were from those ubiquitous pop anthems of young love. Ours seemed invariably to express a sort of disaffection, a disappointment, a dark joy, or the renewed determination of a more mature, mid-relationship romance. One day, in the heat of July in Los Angeles, as Burt and I laboured away on a Christmas song, I thought: what if we revisited that Depression-Era classic story, The Gift of the Magi?  What became of those young Christmas lovers, twenty years after their happily ever after? And that was the beginning of Some Lovers.”

The first weekend of From Page To Stage sees two special evenings in the Studio, with British composer Charles Miller in You Know How To Love Me (18 – 19 Aug). Joining him will be a host of West End artistes singing from his wonderfully surprising shows including: Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, When Midnight Strikes and The Return Of The Soldier – and Charles will be sharing his favourite behind-the-scenes stories.

And then the Closing Gala (03 Sept) and the icing on the cake of Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage Summer Festival is an evening with America’s finest: An Evening Of Songs From Spring Awakening Creators Duncan Sheik And Steven Sater. An extraordinary concert performance of Steven and Duncan’s many musical collaborations including: Spring Awakening, Phantom Moon, Nero, Alice By Heart, Umbrage, The Nightingale and A Home At The End Of The World – and maybe a sneak preview of their latest projects….. a unique ending to the world renowned festival……

Ticket prices from £7.50 – £20.

That’s Jewish Entertainment

Presented by Aria Entertainment

Why have Jews dominated the entertainment industry? How is it that so many writers, composers, performers, directors and producers are Jewish?

THAT’S JEWISH ENTERTAINMENT presents a cornucopia of Jewish talent, with song, dance and comedy spanning decades of Jewish life. From the shtetls of Eastern Europe to Broadway. From Yiddish folk songs to Hollywood blockbusters.

It’s been a long bitter-sweet journey, and on the way contributors to this entertainment heritage are artists such as:

THE GERSHWIN BROTHERS / AL JOLSON / SOPHIE TUCKER / EDDIE CANTOR / IRVING BERLIN
THE MARX BROTHERS / FANNY BRICE / WOODY ALLEN / MEL BROOKS / BARBRA STREISAND
JACKIE MASON / JERRY HERMAN / SID CAESER / JOAN RIVERS / BETTE MIDLER
…and many, many more!
From Louis B Mayer to Steven Spielberg. From The Jazz Singer to Yentl. From fiddlers in the shtetl to Fiddler on the Roof.

A CENTURY OF JEWISH ENTERTAINMENT – IN ONE SHOW!


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Production Photos: Pamela Raith

7th February – 11th March 2017

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

12th March 2017

Radlett Centre

CAST

MATTHEW BARROW
JOANNA LEE
DAVID McKECHNIE
EMMA ODELL

CREATIVES

WRITER – CHRIS BURGESS
DIRECTOR – 
KATE GOLLEDGE
MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS – 
ANDY COLLYER

HAIR – 50th Anniversary Production

Aria Entertainment, Senbla and Hope Mill Theatre
present
HAIR

10th October to 3rd December
Previews from 4th October

Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle

HAIR transfers to London, celebrating its 50th anniversary year! The acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre’s production of the iconic tribal rock musical directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, transfers to The Vaults, from WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER

Like a mini Woodstock, from the moment the audience arrive, The Vaults is transformed into a fully immersive 60s venue, with psychedelic innovative design, iconic artwork and hippie flower power.

COME JOIN THE TRIBE AND LET THE SUNSHINE IN.


Set in New York in 1967, HAIR is the musical story of a group of hippies who celebrate peace and love in the shadow of the Vietnam War.

Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifistic principles and risking his life.

This ground breaking musical  was the first in a new age of what we now know as ‘the rock musical’. With its themes of war, prejudice, sexual freedom and self discovery, HAIR is as relevant now as it was in the 60’s.

The MGM Story – World Premiere

Presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Szpiezak Productions

The World Premiere!

THE MGM STORY traces the history of the golden age of song and dance and tells the tale of how the studio fostered the talent of stars including Judy Garland and Gene Kelly and composers such as Cole PorterIrving Berlin and many more.

This brand new musical revue will take you back to those timeless classics, with songs from Singin’ in the RainAn American in ParisThe Wizard of Oz and many more, featuring a brand new book by Chris Burgess and musical arrangements by Andy Collyer.

Set on a disused film set, see how the world of the MGM musicals comes alive. Directed and choreographed by Matthew Cole, with a West End cast and band, we welcome you to the world of….. THE MGM MUSICALS!

GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE! IT’S A NIGHT OUT AT THE MOVIES – LIVE ON STAGE

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Pics: Danilo Moroni

WRITTEN BY: CHRIS BURGESS
DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER:
MATTHEW COLE
MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS:
ANDY COLLYER
MUSICAL DIRECTION:
CHARLIE INGLES
DESIGNER:
EMILY BESTOW
LIGHTING DESIGNER:
JAMES SMITH
CASTING DIRECTOR:
BENJAMIN NEWSOME
TECHNICAL PRODUCTION MANAGER:
CHRIS SILVESTER


2017 UK TOUR DATES

5th February | New Wolsey Theatre – Ipswich | www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

11th February | The Phoenix Theatre – Blyth | www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk

14th February | Theatre by the Lake – Keswick | www.theatrebythelake.com

18th February | The Theatre – Chipping Norton | www.chippingnortontheatre.com

19th February | NST CAMPUS – Southampton | www.nstheatres.co.uk

23rd February | Arts Depot – London | www.artsdepot.co.uk

26th February | Hope Mill Theatre – Manchester | www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk

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