Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers will receive its fully presented European premiere as part of this year’s From Page To Stage summer festival.
Bacharach’s second original musical is a surprise inclusion in the line-up for Aria Entertainment’s annual event which moves to its new home at The Other Palace for three weeks this summer.
Following on from an industry-only workshop reading of the show at the Southwark Playhouse in February, Some Lovers will be the fully produced main house production staged during the event which will run from 14 August until 3 September.
Describing the show which will play The Other Palace from 24 August until 2 September, Some Lovers’ award-winning writer Sater says: “Love songs – that’s what I write. Burt and I had just written our first song together; and some months and any number of songs later I came to recognise how distinct our songs were from those ubiquitous pop anthems of young love.
“Ours seemed invariably to express a sort of disaffection, a disappointment, a dark joy, or the renewed determination of a more mature, mid-relationship romance. One day, in the heat of July in Los Angeles, as Burt and I laboured away on a Christmas song, I thought: what if we revisited that Depression-era classic story, The Gift of the Magi? What became of those young Christmas lovers, 20 years after their happily ever after? And that was the beginning of Some Lovers.”
After opening the doors to the world’s aspiring musical theatre writers, the 2017 From Page To Stage (FPTS) attracted a record breaking 302 submissions from 15 countries.
Featuring leading West End performers and creative talent, the line-up of musical concerts and 11 new musicals will also include a new family show, The Queen’s Nose by Charles Miller and Tim Sanders, adapted from Dick King-Smith’s popular children’s book which will play The Other Palace Studio.
Welcoming the arrival of From Page To Stage at his newest theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I am thrilled that (Aria Entertainment’s) Katy Lipson is bringing From Page To Stage to The Other Palace in August. It buoys my hope that The Other Palace will become a breeding ground for new musicals and a genuine hub for anyone interested in musical theatre.”
The festival will open with the Song Writers Showcase (14 August), which offers a professional platform for new musical songs from a wide variety of musical genres.
From 28 August until 2 September, the Studio will host a mini ‘Family Festival’ featuring the Queen’s Nose alongside Chicken Little by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary, and Dinostory by Luke Di Somma, Mark Anderson and Erin Carter.
The festival includes darker musicals: XY (15-17 August) by Oliver Houser; Christopher Dickens and Tom Wright’s Rebel Song (21-23 August), and One Way (24-26 August) by Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel.
Other musicals being premiered at FPTS include: The Edinburgh 7 (24-26 August) by Christina Tweeddale and Catherine Myers (from the band Honeyblood), the Kielty Brothers and Jordanna O’Neill; Chris Burgess’ The Girls of Downey Hall (24-26 August); Tasha Taylor Johnson and Phil Cornwell’s Cult! (24-26 August); and One Day (28-30 August) by Ben Toth, Todd Almond and Anil Baral.
The festival’s opening weekend will include two special evenings in the Studio, with British composer Charles Miller in You Know How to Love Me (18-19 August). Miller will be joined on stage by a host of West End performers in a show which will combine music and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
The closing gala on 3 September will be An Evening of Songs From Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, a concert performance of Sater and Sheik’s work together on shows including Spring Awakening, The Nightingale and A Home At the End of the World, plus the promise of a sneak preview of their latest projects.