2016 Season Announcement

Full programme announced for fourth year of FROM PAGE TO STAGE 2016 Tristan Bates Theatre | 31 October – 20 November 2016

New musicals, chosen from over 130 entries, include Heart of Winter by Tim Connor (The Stationmaster and Winner of the Stiles + Drewe Prize for Best New Song), Bananaman the Musical by Leon Parris and Rehab by Grant Black, Murray Lachlan and Elliot Davis (Loserville, Out There).

Season will also showcase the European premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Hamilton, In The Heights) 14-minute musical, 21 Chump Street

The From Page to Stage 2016 Season is comprised of three rehearsed, semi-staged readings, two gala evenings and the showcase evenings, which will allow audiences to see two complete mini musicals as well as two 30 minute selections from musicals in development in one evening.
The shows chosen for this year’s readings are:

  • Luna Park Music by Hyeyoung Kim, Lyrics by Michael Cooper, Book by Daniel F. Levin, Additional Material by Michael Cooper and Hyeyoung Kim - a look at the partnership between Skip Dundy and Fred Thompson, the true fathers of the modern themed amusement park.
  • Bananaman the Musical by Leon Parris - the live action debut of the much loved Man of Peel.
  • Rehab by Grant Black, Murray Lachlan Young and Elliot Davis - a poptastic, rock bottom to redemption journey for one rock star after choosing rehab instead of prison.

The showcase evenings will include:

  • The European premiere of 21 Chump Street by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Heart of Winter, music and lyrics by Tim Connor, story and dramaturgy by Lia Buddle.
  • Family-friendly musical, Pollyanna, book and lyrics by Steven Gallagher and music by Linda Barnett.
  • The Toyboy Diaries based on Wendy Salisbury’s book The Toyboy Diaries: Sexploits of an Older Woman, adapted for the stage by Simon Warne and Wendy Salisbury, with music and lyrics by Andy Collyer.

The season will be held at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 31 October – 20 November 2016. It is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment. Full listings and show information is below.

Katy Lipson says: “This year, From Page to Stage has chosen an exceptional group of shows that highlight the diversity and innovation present in new Musical Theatre. With over 130 shows submitted, we are so proud to have the opportunity to support and showcase these pieces and are looking forward to presenting them to industry and audiences alike.”

Matthew Keeler, Producer of Tristan Bates Theatre says: “We could not be more delighted to welcome back From Page to Stage to the Tristan Bates Theatre for another year, with such a stellar programme. It is vital that we develop, support and present the next generation of world-class musicals.”

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Opening Night Gala
The From Page to Stage 2016 season opens with a Gala evening with performances of selections from five submitted musicals which highlight the musical creativity and broad subject matter that is currently being developed by writers from around the globe. Shows to be highlighted are: Love, Always by Michael Cooper and Bill Connington, Real Women by Jacqueline Ozorio and Matthew Samer, When Harry Met Barry by Paul Emelion Daly, The Jungle by Pippa Cleary and Bola Agbaje, Home By Christmas by Adrian Kimberlin, Ian Stephenson, and Robert Scott, and Connected by Alanya Bridge. 31 October at 7.30pm. £15
Luna Park
Luna Park chronicles the partnership of Skip Dundy and Fred Thompson, the true fathers of the modern themed amusement park. A full generation before Walt Disney, they created at Coney Island an attraction called Luna Park, a place designed to allow everyone to forget the pressures of modern industrial society and remember how to play. Music by Hyeyoung Kim, Lyrics by Michael Cooper, Book by Daniel F. Levin, Additional Material by Michael Cooper and Hyeyoung Kim. 1, 2, 3 November at 7.30pm. £12
Bananaman The Musical
“This is 29 Acacia Road. And this is Eric Wimp. He’s a schoolboy who leads an amazing double life. For when Eric eats a banana an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananaman. Ever alert for the call to action.” Bananaman the Musical is the live action debut of the Man of Peel, a cult cartoon character from the Dandy  and from the hugely popular cartoon series voiced by the Goodies. With a useless hero and some equally clueless villains, Bananaman’s winkingly clever, delightfully silly humour has been sealed into the memories of those who saw him first, and will now spark the imagination of a new bunch of Bananafans. It won’t be long before we all ‘Peel the Power’ of Bananaman. By Leon Parris. Produced by Sightline Entertainment in association with DC Thomson. www.bananamanlive.com 4 November at 7.30pm 5 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £12
Rehab
Rehab or Prison? Kid pop, the world’s biggest pop ego, has no choice. However, his manager Malcolm can smell a killing and needs cameras and action inside PDQ. Welcome to The Glade: Cross dressing room mates, tanning addicts, group therapy and terrible food. It's all too much! Kid needs a fix. Meet Lucy, she’s gorgeous, sensitive. It's lust at first sight but Lucy has a secret, one that will plunge them both into a life threatening dilemma. Join us in Rehab on a poptastic, rock bottom to redemption journey of heart, hips, boom-boom belly laughs and lightning quips. Hearts must be broken and songs must be sung from a stunning score that will live on in the heart and mind as we and our deeply loveable cast of characters seek the ultimate goal: love, peace, serenity and great choreography. Welcome to Rehab. By Grant Black, Murray Lachlan Young, and Elliot Davis. 8, 9 and 10 November at 7.30pm. £12
21 Chump Street
21 Chump Street by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights, Hamilton) is a new 14-minute musical based on a true story as reported in the series 'This American Life'. It is a cautionary tale of a high school honours student who falls for a cute transfer girl. He goes to great lengths to oblige her request for marijuana in the hopes of winning her affection - only to find out that his crush is actually an undercover cop planted in the school to find drug dealers. By Lin-Manuel Miranda. As part of the From Page to Stage Showcases on 11 November at 7.30pm,12 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, 13 November at 2.30pm, 15,16, 17, 18 November at 7.30pm and 19 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £16
Heart of Winter
Heart of Winter tells the funny, heart-warming and down-to-earth story of Kate, a primary school teacher in her mid-twenties, living up North. Her relationship of three years is over. With the help of her mum, her close friends and a large tub of Ben & Jerry’s, she battles the harsh reality of winter to find the new hope of spring… Music and lyrics by Tim Connor, story and dramaturgy by Lia Buddle. As part of the From Page to Stage Showcases on 11 November at 7.30pm,12 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, 13 November at 2.30pm, 15,16, 17, 18 November at 7.30pm and 19 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £16
The Toyboy Diaries
When twice-divorced Lily inadvertently falls under a much younger man, it opens the door to a wild new world of inappropriate relationships. From Tom the Tender to Sam the Submissive, via Paul the Policeman, Hat Trick Patrick and Matt the Monstrous (with Old Willy and Philandering Phil in between) Lily finally finds Ben the Bountiful. This comedy musical may contain nuts as it charts the hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking sagas of mid-life dating. Disclaimer: No older men were harmed in the telling of the story . . . Based on Wendy Salisbury’s The Toyboy Diaries, adapted for the stage by Simon Warne & Wendy Salisbury with music and lyrics by Andy Collyer. As part of the From Page to Stage Showcases on 11 November at 7.30pm,12 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, 13 November at 2.30pm, 15,16, 17, 18 November at 7.30pm and 19 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £16
Pollyanna
An uplifting tale of hope triumphing over adversity, Pollyanna is the story of a young girl who transforms an entire town. Pollyanna Whittier, an extraordinary eleven year old orphan, is sent to live with her stern Aunt Polly in the unhappy town of Beldingville, Vermont. Forbidden to speak of her parents in the presence of her aunt, Pollyanna plays the "Glad Game" to keep her spirits up. When tragedy strikes, even Aunt Polly must turn to the Glad Game to understand how much her outlook has changed since accepting Pollyanna into her life. Based on the classic American novel by Eleanor H. Porter. Book and lyrics by Steven Gallagher and music by Linda Barnett. As part of the From Page to Stage Showcases on 11 November at 7.30pm,12 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, 13 November at 2.30pm, 15,16, 17, 18 November at 7.30pm and 19 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £16
From Page to Stage Closing Gala
With performances from all the shows selected to be a part of the From Page to Stage 2016 season, the Closing Night Gala is a celebration of the achievements of the entire group of writers and performers involved in this year’s season. The second half of the evening will see a Q&A with key members of the season’s writing teams, creative teams, and producers. 20 November at 2.30pm. £15.
About From Page to Stage
From Page to Stage is a season of musical theatre dedicated to showcasing new musical work in development to an audience, to gain feedback and create new opportunities for the artists involved. This year marks its fourth year, following its most successful season to date in 2015 at the Tristan Bates Theatre in 2015.

Listings
FROM PAGE TO STAGE 2016
Monday 31 October – Sunday 20 November 2016
Running time: varies, see website
Tickets: £12 - £16 / Box Office 020 3841 6611 / Book online at www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk
Address: 1A Tower St, Covent Garden WC2H 9NP
Full schedule below.

Overall Schedule
Monday 31 October – 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Opening Night Gala
Tuesday 1 November – 7.30pm – Rehearsed Reading 1 (Luna Park)
Wednesday 2 November – 7.30pm – Rehearsed Reading 1 (Luna Park)
Thursday 3 November – 7.30pm – Rehearsed Reading 1 (Luna Park)
Friday 4 November – 7.30pm – Rehearsed Reading 2 (Bananaman the Musical)
Saturday 5 November – 2.30pm and 7.30pm - Rehearsed Reading 2 (Bananaman the Musical)
Tuesday 8 November – 7.30pm – Rehearsed Reading 3 (Rehab)
Wednesday 9 November – 7.30pm – Rehearsed Reading 3 (Rehab)
Thursday 10 November – 7.30pm – Rehearsed Reading 1 (Rehab)
Friday 11 November – 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Saturday 12 November – 2.30pm and 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Sunday 13 November – 2.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Tuesday 15 November - 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Wednesday 16 November - 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Thursday 17 November - 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Friday 18 November - 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Saturday 19 November – 2.30pm and 7.30pm – From Page to Stage Showcases
Sunday 20 November – 2.30pm – From Page to Stage Closing Night Gala