The first From Page to Stage was a season of new musical theatre writing at The Landor Theatre, London. Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment teamed up with the Artistic Director of the Landor Theatre, Robert McWhir, to curate a season of new musical theatre, compiling showcases, workshops and products of new International musical theatre writing. People had been asking, ‘Why isn’t there a venue dedicated to the presentation of new musical writing?’ Well, that was what this season was meant to do! Work was presented by a wide range of writers and producers - including a showcase of songs from The New Musical Songbook (a website created with rights-holders and publishers Stagescripts Ltd, A STAGE KINDLY and The New Musical Network which promotes the online sale and exposure of original musical theatre songs).The Landor season took place from February-March 2013.
The programme was:
Wednesday February 13th - Sunshine Guy - a new musical by James Lovelock
Friday February 15th - An Evening of Music and Lyrics by Annemarie Lewis Thomas annemarielewisthomas.co.uk
Saturday February 16th and 17th - The Road To Qatar! – by David Krane and Stephen Cole. A reading of this new musical all the way from New York. Directed by Kate Golledge and musically directed by George Dyer. www.stephencolewriter.com/
Tuesday February 19th – Sunday February 24th - The Route To Happiness - The world premiere of the new musical by award-winning composer-lyricist and BBC comic songwriter Alexander S. Bermange, with top musical theatre artists Cassidy Janson (Lend Me A Tenor, Avenue Q, Wicked), Niall Sheehy (finalist on ITV’s Superstar, Spamalot, Wicked) and Shona White (Chess, Les Misérables, Wicked). Directed by Landor Theatre artistic director Robert McWhir (Hot Mikado, Curtains, The Glorious Ones).
Sunday February 24th - Richard Beadle & Friends – a collection of songs from the talented composer with some guests straight from the West End. richardbeadle.com
Tuesday February 26th - 3 Writers And A Piano – Giles Howe, Tamar Broadbent and Gary Albert Hughes showcase some of their very own writing.
Wednesday February 27th - A Body To Die(t) For – a new musical by Tim Anfilogoff and Alan Whittaker. Directed by Matthew Gould and musically directed by Benjamin Holder.
Thursday February 28th - A British Boy in Brooklyn – a new musical from the writers of Jet Set Go, Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary. brungerandcleary.co.uk
Friday March 1st and 2nd - Bitesize – 3 mini musicals by Michael Gordon Shapiro and Mark Harvey Levine and comedy songs from David Reiser, Noel Katz and Alexander Bermange feastofsnacks.com
Sunday March 3rd - Accidental Songs: The Words And Music Of Andy Collyer
Sunday March 3rd - The Music of Lee Freeman
Wednesday March 6th and 7th - Twenty Something – Tales From The Bad Years Work In Progress by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk
Friday March 8th - 3 Composers 3 Countries – a collection of songs from writers Anna Hurkmans, Raffaele Paglione, Nicola Jane Buttigieg and Danny Davies. Directed by Christopher Lane and musically directed by Vikki Rogers.
Saturday March 9th - First Impressions: an exclusive afternoon of never-heard-before musical theatre
Saturday March 9th - Writer’s Block – a showcase of 3 new musicals in development.
Tuesday March 12th - ‘The List’ and other musical stories by Tamar Broadbent.
Wednesday March 13th - Emerald – a new Irish-American musical by Denise Wright and Chris Burgess (this musical is the winner of the Sidney Brown Award for New Musicals 2013), starring Claire Sweeney. Directed by Nikolai Foster and musically directed by Tony award winning Sarah Travis. denisewright.co.uk
Thursday March 14th - Kandy Kottage – a bitter-sweet tale by Taylor, Rowan & Hughes.
Friday March 15th - The Landor presents “Preview” – a selection of material from some of the upcoming projects to be shown at The Landor Theatre in 2013.
Saturday March 16th - New Musical Songbook GALA newmusicalsongbook.com
Sunday March 17th - Dougal Irvine and Guests. dougalirvine.com