Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, the transatlantic songwriting duo known as Anderson & Petty, are hosting a celebration concert of their debut songbook album You Are Home at St James Studio, London on Sunday 16 March. They will be joined by a host of West End performers including Matthew Barrow, Edward Baruwa, Kieran Brown, Nadine Cox, Andy Coxon, Chris Howell, Kim Ismay, Sophie Issacs, Laura Main, Gloria Onitiri, Sophia Ragavelas, Willemijn Verkaik, Charlotte Wakefield and Jacinta Whyte (subject to availability).
Anderson & Petty’s upcoming projects include a new musical based on a classic and beloved children’s story and a piece entitled LOST – A Song-Cycle on ‘The Trials of Life’. With exclusive previews of both of these projects, musical director Barry Anderson onboard, and Mark Petty co-hosting the occasion, this very special event is a night that should be popular with supporters of new musical theatre writing.
You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson & Petty was released on 16 December. The album is a 16-song journey reflecting varying sounds and genres, including musical theatre, pop, country, folk-rock, and gospel.
US performers featured on the album include Jen Burleigh-Bentz (Mamma Mia!), Brent Michael DiRoma (Avenue Q national tour), Josh Franklin (Anything Goes), Natalie Gallo (Jersey Boys), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Jason Kappus (American Idiot), Jonathan Rayson (Because of Winn-Dixie), Coleen Sexton (Jekyll & Hyde), and Lucia Spina (Kinky Boots).
UK performers include Matthew Barrow (Merrily We Roll Along), Gina Beck (Wicked), Kieran Brown (Love Never Dies), Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple, I Can’t Sing!), Debbie Kurup (Olivier Award nominee – The Bodyguard), Sophia Ragavelas (Les Miserables) and Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables).
When reviewing the album, Musical Theatre Review’s critic Nick Wakeham wrote: “There is no doubt in my mind that this songwriting team have a huge future in front of them.”