From Page to Stage festival goes global

fp2s-logoWriters from across the world will for the first time compete with homegrown talent for a place in next year’s From Page to Stage summer festival.

Opening the doors to the world’s aspiring musical theatre writers, the event’s creators Aria Entertainment also revealed From Page to Stage (FPTS) will be moving to its new home at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace for three weeks next summer.

Running from Monday 14 August until Sunday 3 September, the 2017 FPTS event will showcase more than 20 new musicals performed by leading West End performers and creative talent.

Announcing that From Page to Stage 2017 is now open for submissions, Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson said: “FPTS is on the lookout for submissions from every musical genre as well as varying themes and subject matter.

“Musical theatre is a universal language with musicals produced worldwide. We want new voices and writers – commercial but also innovative new work. We want FPTS Summer Festival 2017 to be as diverse and inclusive as possible – just no jukebox musicals please!”

Writers with unfinished musicals are also being encouraged to submit their work before the Tuesday 28 February 2017 closing date as next year’s event will showcase each step in the development of a new show.

Entrants should include their show title, composer/lyricist/book writer, short synopsis and three recorded tracks from the show. Each show will be fully assessed by a team of experts and the 50 shortlisted submissions will each receive a short constructive critique from FPTS. The 20 musicals selected for the Summer Festival 2017 will be revealed in May next year.

From one fully produced musical production to workshops, semi-staged performances and extracts in the theatre and studio, the event will also include readings and songs in the bar area as well as ‘pop-up’ talent performing new songs from new musicals in the box office and foyer.

By opening up the event to the world, FPTS hopes to break 2016’s record 200-plus submissions.

Angela Thomas

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