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LATEST NEWS

5 STAR REVIEWS FOR 'COMRADE ROCKSTAR' CONCERT

Reviewers have praised 'Comrade Rockstar' in Concert

 'the show pushes forward the boundaries of the biographical musical in its creative blend of fact and fiction...the ideal combination of John's carefully crafted melodic hooks and Woolford's catchy lyrics..Comrade Rockstar represents an excellent contribution to new musical theatre, and one that I hope will soon receive the more extended performance run in fully staged form that it unquestionably warrants.' Musical Theatre Review 

'polished and intriguing...As a rock musical it has genuine guts and a score that from time to time tore into the frame. It had softer moments too. As a musical bio-cum-documentary' it possess both drama and humour...tightly twisting into an evening that at times teetered on the brink of 'thriller'. I loved it and wish the show well.' Surrey Advertiser

'COMRADE ROCKSTAR' CONCERT IN GUILDFORD 

'Comrade Rockstar' will be performed in concert at the Ivy Theatre on Friday 2 October 2015 with a cast comprising West End stars and GSA students. 

Canadian star Tim Howar, star of Rock of Ages and We Will Rock You will lead the cast and the concert will also be live-streamed worldwide.




RICHARD IS MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR 'SINATRA'

Richard will be Musical Director for 'Sinatra' at the London Palladium, a celebration of 100 years of the birth of Frank Sinatra. 

JULIAN DIRECTS 'THE SOUND OF MUSIC' IN CAIRO 

Julian is to direct a new production of 'The Sound of Music' in Cairo and Beirut. In Cairo this will be the first commercial musical ever in Egypt 

 WATCH 'THE HUNTING SONG' FROM 'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST'


FOUR NEW SONGS FOR 'THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST'

Julian and Richard have written 4 new comedy songs for the production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' at the English Theatre of Hamburg. The songs, in the style of 1950s comedy songs will be performed to a ukulele accompaniment performed by the cast. The play opens on February 21 and runs until April 28 2013.

'COMRADE ROCKSTAR' READING

Richard and Julian unveiled 'Comrade Rockstar' at a private reading in February 2012 held at Arts Ed and featuring Ben Goddard in the lead role of Dean Reed with West End stars Rosie Ashe (the original Carlotta in 'Phantom of the Opera'), Katy Secombe (Madame Thenadier in 'Les Miserables'), Gemma Sutton (alternate Elle in 'Legally Blonde'), Kaisa Hummerlund, Issy Van Randwyck, Sean Mulligan, Norma Atallah, Joanna Forrest, Marine McMenemy,  Jennifer Kidd, Orla Gormley, Benjamin Brook and students from Arts Ed in the cast. More news soon. 

JULIAN'S BOOK NOW ON PRE-SALE

Julian's new book, "How Musicals Work (and How to Write Your Own)" is being published by Nick Hern Books on 21 April 2012 and is now available on Amazon as a pre-sale. Order it now! 

RICHARD IS MUSICAL SUPERVISOR FOR UK TOUR OF 'LEGALLY BLONDE'

Continuing as Associate Musical Director on the show in the West End, Richard is now also the Musical Supervisor on the Uk tour. 

FIRST USA PRODUCTION OF 'THE RAILWAY CHILDREN' LICENSED

The Railway Children is to be presented in the USA for the first time at the Menlo Atherton High School in California in February 2011.

WORKSHOP OF 'TWANG!!'

Julian and Richard's rewrite of the new version of Lionel Bart's infamous Twang!! was presented as a reading at Arts Ed after a two week development  workshop. The cast included Ben Goddard (Sunset Boulevard) as Robin Hood, Kaisa Hummerlund as Maid Marion, Sarah lark as Delphina and Oliver Brenin as Much with Teddy Kempner, Peter Straker, and Alisdair Harvey as the villains, The Sherriff of Nottingham, Prince John and Sir Guy of Gisbourne.    

RAILWAY CHILDREN PRESENTED AT DRURY LANE

(10 April 2010) Mercury Musical Developments presented a 1 hour reading of The Railway Children as part of their The Works Season sponsored by the Noel Coward Foundation. Original Sevenoaks Playhouse cast members Susannah Fellows (Mother) and Neil Ditt (The Engine Driver/Dr Forrest) were joined by Arts Ed cast members Jenilee Ralwins (Bobby) and chorus with West End star Paul Bentley as the Old Gentleman and children from Sylvia Young Theatre School in the presentation of Act One to an industry audience.


WE WILL ROCK YOU's Ross Hunter sings SMALLVILLE COLORADO on YouTube

(4 April 2010) Ross Hunter, the alternate Galileo in the West End production of We Will Rock You recently sang SMALLVILLE COLORADO at London's Canal Cafe Theatre in a cabaret showcase. You can catch Ross' performance on YouTube here.

OKLAHOMA! National Tour opens

(2 April 2010) Julian's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical has opened and  is planned to tour until November. Read much about it here.

RAILWAY CHILDREN to have reading at Drury Lane

(24 March 2010)  THE RAILWAY CHILDREN will have a one-off reading at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the 6th April to an invited industry audience as part of Mercury Musical Developments The Works season supported by the Noel Coward Foundation. 

'MUSICAL STAGES' feature

(1 Feb 2010) The Uk's only magazine dedicated to Musical Theatre has a double page feature on Julian and Richard in the current edition. It also has reviews of 'Legally Blonde' and 'Liberace, Live From Heaven'. It can be purchased at Dress Circle.

RAILWAY CHILDREN nominated for awards

(1 Feb 2010) Congratulations to the Morecambe Warblers on being nominated for 3 Noda North West Awards for their production of The Railway Children. The nominations are in the 'Best Actor'. 'Best Producer' and 'Best Musical' categories.

TERMINAL FOUR PLAY is online now!

(8 Jan 2010) Terminal Four Play is finally released. One of the final Urban Scrawl Projects to be released as the project draws to a close, Julian and Richard's 10 minute podcast musical about suicide bomber, security and sex can now be heard on the Urban Scrawl Website (scroll down to 'Heathrow Terminal Four'). The show features Dougal Irvine and Gemma Sutton and is directed by Lisa Spirling.

RICHARD goes 'LEGALLY BLONDE'

(8 Jan 2010) Oh My God You Guys! Richard is the Assistant Musical Director for London's newest  musical hit which stars Sheridan Smith and Duncan James at the Savoy Theatre. On New Year's Eve Richard made his conducting debut in the West End when he picked up the baton for the first show.

RAILWAY CHILDREN to open in New Zealand

(8 Jan 2010) Centrestage Theatre are to present the show from 27 February to 13 March 2010 at the Centrestage Theatre, Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand. This is the first Australasian production. Click here to got the companies website. 

COMRADE ROCKSTAR workshop in Glasgow

(30 Oct 2009) Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama have produced a workshop of 'Comrade Rockstar' featuring new songs and focussing on Act One of the Musical.

New RAILWAY CHILDREN dates announced

(15 Sept 2009) New forthcoming productions of 'The Railway Children' have now been added to the website. Check out the Railway Children page to see your production listed. 

TERMINAL FOUR PLAY recorded for broadcast

(15 Sept 2009) Julian and Richard's new piece Terminal Four Play has now been recorded for the podcast which will be released later in the year. The recording features Dougal Irvine and Gemma Sutton and you can check out more details at the Urban Scrawl website as they become available.

JULIAN directs 'TWO PIANOS, FOUR HANDS' in Vienna

(15 Sept 2009) Julian has just opened a production of the Canadian play '2 Pianos, 4 Hands' in Vienna at the English Theatre. This new production stars Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell, otherwise known as the piano comedy duo Katzenjammer. Performances are already selling out after the production received excellent reviews. See Julian's site for more info.

TERMINAL FOUR PLAY TO APPEAR AT LATITUDE FESTIVAL

(4 July 2009) Terminal Four Play is a 10 minute rap and r'n'b musical about security staff at Terminal Four written as part of the Theatre503/Theatrevoice Urban Scrawl project will appear live onstage as part of Latitude Festival. Theatre 503 have chosen 3 of the 53 pieces written for the project to appear as part of Urban Sprawl, where the city moves to the countryside. We are honoured to have been chosen and will appear alongside a new operatic piece by Mark Ravenhill. Featuring suspected suicide bombers, sex and guest appearance from George W Bush (recorded, not live!), Terminal Four Play will play on the 15th and 16th July in the Theatre Space at Latitude. As it has not yet appeared online this will be its premiere performance.

RAILWAY CHILDREN AT ARTS ED

(1 June 2009) Leading London Musical Theatre School presents The Railway Children from the 10 - 13 June at the Studio Theatre. This is a great chance to see a cast of tomorrow's West End performers in the show.

JULIAN DIRECTS BEN TRAVERS' THE BED BEFORE YESTERDAY

A new production of The Bed Before Yesterday, directed by Julian is playing at the Mill at Sonning from the 4 June to 11 July, starring Susan Penhaligon, Brian Deacon, Rosie Ashe, Jess Conrad, Janie Booth, Joel Sams, Stacey Cadman and Joe Ferrera. The comedy deals with a middle-aged woman's sexual awakening and Julian has changed the setting of the play from 1930 to 1966, the era of  Mary Quant, mini-skirts and Swinging London.

RICHARD TOURS WITH JOHN BARROWMAN

Richard joined the band for John Barrowman's recent tour, travelling around the  country accompanying the star in his UK concerts

RAILWAY CHILDREN WORKSHOPS PAGE ONLINE

Check out pictures and quotes from participants from our recent Cheltenham workshop by clicking here. Consider booking your own workshop for your production!

RAILWAY CHILDREN TO PLAY IN BERMUDA

The first production of 'The Railway Children' outside the UK is scheduled to play in Bermuda. Bermuda Music and Dramatic Society will present the show at Daylesford Theatre, Hamilton from the 19-28 March 2009.

UPDATED RAILWAY CHILDREN FORTHCOMING PRODUCTIONS NOW ONLINE

Check out the Railway Children page to see the newly updated Forthcoming Productions list and see if the show is playing near where you are.

THEATRE 503's URBAN SCRAWL

Woolford and John have written a new piece 'Terminal Four Play' for Theatre 503/Theatrevoice's Urban Scrawl Project. Urban Scrawl is a collection of 53 new short plays, each one themed around a different Piccadilly Line London Underground Station. See the new 'Terminal Four Play' page.

RAILWAY CHILDREN WORKSHOPS LAUNCHED

Richard and Julian are now running workshops for companies presenting The Railway Children. Check out the Railway Children page under 'Enhance Your Production' for more details.

JULIAN AND RICHARD TO BRING 'I DO! I DO!' TO VIENNA

Julian will direct and Richard will be the musical director for a new production of 'I Do! i Do!' in Vienna in Spring 2009. Written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the show charts the marriage of a couple over 40 years, and uniquely for a Broadway Musical has only two characters, originally played by Robert Preston and Mary Martin. This new production will run in English from 30 March to 9 May at Vienna's English Theatre.

RICHARD IS MUSICAL DIRECTOR FOR THE FULL MONTY IN BERMUDA

Richard is currently working in Bermuda on a new production of THE FULL MONTY, the Broadway musical version of the popular British film.

RAILWAY CHILDREN NOW AVAILABLE ON iTunes

The original cast album of The Railway Children is now available on iTunes. You can buy individual songs or the whole album. Simply go to iTunes and search
'Railway Children Sevenoaks'.

RAILWAY CHILDREN CAST ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE


The Original Cast Album of The Railway Children is now available from record shops. It can be bought direct from JAY Records. It is available from Samuel French or Dress Circle in UK (both of whom run excellent mail order services). It is available in the USA from Footlight.com who also do worldwide mail order.

RAILWAY CHILDREN PLAYS IN PADSTOW

The Railway Children is currently playing at The Little Theatre, Padstow, Cornwall (29 July - 30 August 2008). It is produced by the Padstow Kernow Players and the Little Theatre seats just 60 people. 

RAILWAY CHILDREN ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM RELEASED MONDAY 28 JULY

The Railway Children Original Cast Album will be available in shops from Monday 28 July 2008. Starring Susannah Fellows, Paul Henry, Nicholas Smith, Emily Bull, Karen Clegg, Brendan Cull, Neil Ditt, Maria Holley and Claire Taylor the CD is released on the TER label and will be available from Dress Circle, Amazon, HMV, Zavvi and all good record shops.

Susannah Fellows is currently appearing as Glinda in The Wizard of Oz at the South Bank, Paul Hnery is on tour in Run For Your Wife, Emily Bull is currently playing Frenchy in Grease at the Piccadily Theatre, Brendan Cull is appearing in the National Tour of West Side Story and Neil Ditt is playiong Perchick in the National Tour of Fiddler On The Roof.

The Cast album can be ordered now from JAY Records.

The album will also be released on iTunes at a later date.

SONGS CHOSEN FOR AMERICAN NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

Two songs from Comrade Rockstar have been chosen for the New Works Festival in Delaware USA, produced by Clear Space Productions.

Each year, Clear Space's Festival includes a concert of songs from new musicals by emerging writers.

The two songs chosen are Smalliville Colorado and Don't Go. Smallville Colorado was the song Carl Au chose when he won the Sondheim Student Performer of the year - Don't Go will get it's first public performance at the Festival. 10 songs are chosen in total from the dozens submitted from all over the world.

The concert this year is to be held on 13 November. If you are in Delaware then go along. You can find more information here.

Posted: 9 July 2008

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN performed in Chichester

Oakwood School Chichester presented The Railway Children on the 25 and 26 June. 

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN FACEBOOK GROUP REACHES 300 MEMBERS

Just two weeks after launching the new Facebook Group: The Railway Children (Musical) has more than 300 members. It is designed for groups presenting their own productions to be able to leave comments, post pictures and contribute to discussions. It can be found at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20818892159&ref=ts

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN performed in Chatham

The first youth theatre production of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN took place at the end of May at the Kings Theatre in Chatham. A cast of over 50 young people aged from 5 – 13 gave a spirited performance.

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN now released

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN has now been released for professionals and amateurs for performance and is booking well. Contact Samuel French Ltd if you are interested in your group or school producing the musical.

COMRADE ROCKSTAR in workshop

Arts Educational school in London produced a one-hour workshop of material from our new musical COMRADE ROCKSTAR. The musical is about the life and death of Dean Reed against the backdrop of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN songbook published

Samuel French Ltd have published a songbook of material from THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, which includes cabaret/audition versions of certain songs. It is now available from Samuel French Ltd.


Julian and Richard are Professional Writer Associates of Mercury Musical Developments, established in 1992 to support, develop and initiate new musical theatre in the UK and worldwide.