REGENERATE: Lost Songs from the Musicals Online Fundraiser

July 28th, 2022

On Sunday 18th September 2022 at 7.00pm GMT (1900hrs), the greats of the West End and Broadway join together for a unique night of musical theatre at REGENERATE: Lost Songs from the Musicals. The concert will be livestreamed online in support of charity Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network. Tune in for free and donate at: www.regeneratemusicals.com

Titans of musical theatre are supporting emerging musical theatre talent, gifting their favourite songs cut from classic shows, or chosen stunning songs from their new projects; culminating in an incredible evening of 16 never-before heard songs, for one night only!

REGENERATE is free for everyone to join and watch – and whilst watching the audience can donate online or via text. Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of SIX tickets (West End, UK Tour or Broadway, depending on winner’s location) + a programme signed by the cast.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to support new writing talent to present their work at BEAM2023.

Composer, comedian, actress and musician, Vikki Stone (The John Bishop Show, The Now Show – BBC R4) will host the Gala, creating a glorious evening of musical theatre.

Complete line up of the WORLD PREMIERES and PERFORMERS:

  • Tony Award-winning writers of SIX Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss gift a new composition How Far We’ve Come to be sung by an original SIX cast member and Olivier-nominee Natalie Paris.
  • Tony Award-winning writing team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Anastasia) sent a song from their forthcoming Broadway show Little Dancer, called Life Of The Person, to be performed by Olivier Award winner Adrian Lester.
  • Oscar winner Don Black and Debbie Wiseman’s It’s Still Me In Here from their brand new musical Feather Boy sung by Anita Dobson.
  • Elton John and Tim Rice’s song I Could Not Miss You More (cut from the movie Gnomeo and Juliet) to be sung by Duncan James.
  • Emerging writers Kit Buchan and Jim Barne‘s jettisoned song Midtown Christmas Eve from The Season to be sung by Grace Mouat (Legally Blonde, SIX) and Dan Partridge (Danny in Grease).
  • Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil‘s song cut from Miss Saigon, Too Much for One Heart, will be sung by Desmonda Cathabel (winner of 2022 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year).
  • Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) is gifting Leaving Myself Behind from his new project Marley. He will accompany the Broadway actor Michael McCorry Rose on the piano.
  • Composer / lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) gifts It Should Be Funny from musical Jerry Christmas, written with Daniel Goldfarb (The Amazing Mrs Maisel), to be sung by Olivier Award winner Janie Dee (Follies).
  • Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor and writer Douglas Hodge (101 Dalmatians) will perform Counting The Hairs from his musical Wigmaker, written with dramatist Bryony Lavery.
  • A duet from Masi Asare (Paradise Square, recently on Broadway) How Would You Know? from new show Rishvor, sung by Alice Fearn (Come From Away, Wicked) and Aisha Jawando who is currently playing Tina in The Tina Turner Musical.
  • Stuart Brayson’s song You And Me Buddy, written for From Here to Eternity, will be performed by Olivier Award winner George Maguire (Dave Davies in Sunny Afternoon) and Luke Friend (X Factor finalist).
  • Emerging composing talent Omar Baroud (Cliff in Cabaret) will be singing a duet Without from his new musical After Elijah with Hanna Khogali (Britannicus). Omar is the most recent recipient of the MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in association with MMD.
  • Another brand-new musical song from Maury Yeston (Nine, Titanic), from his current writing project The Great Bridge about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. The song For My Father will be sung by Luke McCall (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera).
  • George Stiles and Anthony Drewe‘s Mrs. Me, written for a romcom movie, “which like so many projects in Tinseltown bit the dust long before the final script”, will be sung by Michael Ahomka-Lindsay (Legally Blonde).
  • New writer Urielle Klein Mekongo sings her song Nobody’s There from Black Power Desk.
  • Canadian husband and wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein (Come From Away) have gifted an early song, Subway Sparrow, sung by Frances Mayli McCann (Bonnie & Clyde, Chess In Concert).

Why is it so important to support & nurture musical theatre writing and composing talent?

Anthony Drewe: As with all art forms, musical theatre is an evolving beast that needs fresh blood just as much as it celebrates old. Shows as innovative or daring as Hamilton, The Band’s Visit, The Book Of Mormon and Come From Away wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the legacy handed down from previous generations of song writers. You read, you listen, you learn – and then you create.

Stephen Schwartz: For those of us who love the genre, it means we’ll continue to have good musicals to go see.

Andrew Lippa: New musicals with original scores are friggin’ hard to get right. And they are expensive. Without support, guidance, funding, nurturing, practice, space, time, room to fail, new musicals can’t really grow.

Maury Yeston: The musical theatre is now a worldwide form. It brings us together and unites so many disparate and unique national styles and techniques. Its musical and theatrical force has fostered a common bond in theatre communities all over the world. The nurturing of its creators and its traditions creates a continuing force for peace.

Conceived and Produced by Neil Marcus, Musical Director is Nick Barstow and Studio Producer is Bartek Podkowa. Theatrical Rights Worldwide are lead sponsor of REGENERATE. The event is also supported by Music Theatre International Europe and Clintons Solicitors. Supporting BEAM2023 – removing financial barriers for creatives to share their work at the UK’s biggest showcase of new musical theatre.

Join free online Livestreamed Gala Musical Theatre Fundraiser concert REGENERATE: Lost Songs from the Musicals Sunday 18th September 2022 at 7.00pm GMT www.regeneratemusicals.com.
Donate and support the future of musical theatre. Please give generously!

TO DONATE: Visit https://bit.ly/regeneratedonate OR text MUSICALS followed by your donation amount to 70085 to give that amount. e.g: MUSICALS5 for £5 / MUSICALS10 for £10 etc. Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.

REGENERATE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD OR VIEW POST THE LIVE EVENT

We are delighted to bring these great songs to life at REGENERATE, in aid of the next generation of musical theatre writers, at the start of MMD’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. The generosity of the contributing writers, performers and audience members will go a long way to ensure that new talent can be properly supported at BEAM2023, where we will showcase a selection of the most exciting new musicals being created in the UK. – Natalia Scorer, Mercury Musical Developments

This is a brilliant example of acclaimed musical theatre writers ‘paying it forward’, sharing some songs that could otherwise have been lost to us, to help improve the chances of tomorrow’s musical theatre breakthrough writing talents being discovered sooner. We’re always in awe of the talent that emerges through BEAM – these freelance artists are so very deserving of our support; they’re the future of the art form in the UK. – James Hadley, Musical Theatre Network