THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Commissioned by NYMT for the 2018 Season
Based on the short story by Washington Irving
Book by Helen Watts, Music & lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer
New England, 1820: A body is laid to rest in the shadowy town of Sleepy Hollow. The grieving widow stands alone at the graveside, and the townsfolk talk in hushed tones of the strange events that led her to this place; tales of witches and ghouls, of wailing banshees and headless horsemen, and of course the tale of the enigmatic Ichabod Crane - once merely a man, but now a man become a legend.
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Book & Lyrics by Ben Elton
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. The award-winning musical follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers from both sides of the religious divide during “The Troubles” in 1960s Belfast.
Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnell, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue careers as professional footballers. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and football. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community and, as time passes, each has to decide whether or not to follow their hearts.
Ben Elton tells their story with wit and compassion, while Lloyd Webber’s evocative score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems with the sounds of Ireland. This powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.
A LITTLE PRINCESS
Première of new musical
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Book & lyrics by Carl Miller
Music & lyrics by Marc Folan
Additional lyrics by Adey Grummet
A Little Princess tells the story of Sara who has been left at a London boarding school for girls by her wealthy father, Captain Crewe. With his ‘Little Princess’ under the care of Miss Minchin, Crewe returns to India to control his business. As Sara befriends many wonderful characters at the school through her incredible imagination and amazing stories, Miss Minchin grows to dislike her immensely.
When news arrives that Captain Crewe is dead, Miss Minchin robs Sara of all her possessions and sends her to the attic to spend her remaining days as a scullery maid. Cold, hungry and tired, Sara must count on everything she has inside her, and what truly makes a little girl a princess, if she is to pull herself from the muck of late 19th century London and survive her riches to rags story.
SUPER HERO, THE MUSICAL
Première of new musical
Book and lyrics by Adam Johnson
Book, music and lyrics by Henry Roadnight
Timmy Thompson just wants to be a normal kid. There is only one thing stopping him. He has the super power to turn everything he knows into a musical. The minute Timmy starts dancing, or singing, or whistling, so does everyone else, and his parents have had enough. It’s time for Timmy to do what all other super powered children must do, go to Hero High, a school for supernaturally gifted children. Finally, Timmy might be accepted, all the other pupils will be freaks just like him, but his musical power is too much even for them. The Headmistress threatens to expel him and use the dreaded special switch, a switch that when pulled, removes a pupil’s powers forever. Timmy will never be a hero.
However, across the horizon, the evil Miss Menace and her useless sidekick Mr Plop are plotting to take over Hero High. They are going to use the special switch for their own villainous plan, and force all the pupils to pull it so that only Miss Menace may be the most powerful woman in the world.
With Miss Menace and Mr Plop on their way to destroy Hero High and every last pupil within its walls, Timmy will have just one chance to prove that he is a hero and, most important of all, that it’s not so bad being different.
GROWL – THE TRUE STORY OF THE BIG BAD WOLF
Residential workshop of new musical
Book and lyrics by Timothy Knapman
Music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe
We all think we know the story of the big, bad Wolf but the truth is much more surprising… Far from being the dangerous predator who tries to eat anyone he meets – assorted pigs, granddaughters and easily-impersonated old ladies – he is, in fact, the guardian of the forest who presides over a happy and diverse family of fairy tale characters. But when a sharp-talking Woodcutter and his gang of henchmen turn up with deforestation and redevelopment on their minds, they know that the Wolf is the only one standing in their way. Once they’ve sown the seeds of doubt amongst his friends, the Wolf – and his woodland family – will be tested to breaking point, and his murky past will come back to haunt him.
This, the second in our series of developmental workshops for new British musical theatre writing.