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June 2016

Workshop presentation of:
Six Nights in Naples
, Charing Cross Theatre.

This filmed performance of Six Nights in Naples showed selections from the show linked by narration. The full script and a demo recording will be available soon.

6 nights workshop presentation curtain call

CAST
Narrator Eden Phillips
Salvatore David Burt
Fabio Ellie Kirk
Captain Brian Mander David Habbin
Lieutenant Michael Brown Daniel Goode
Private Tom Wilks Alex Green
Private Donald Brightwell Steven France
Corporal Fred Owen Xandy Champken
Lucia Tivolini Kim Criswell
Deborah Tivolini Abigail Matthews
Mariangela Helen Ward-Jackson
Major Carl O'Leary Tim Rogers

Stage Manager Susan Burns

MUSICIANS
Piano Richard Link
Guitar Joe Warwick
Bass Amy Baldwin

If you would like to know more about Six Nights in Naples, please contact
Jean Diamond,
Diamond Management
jd@diman.co.uk

December 2015

Press release:
The Musical Theatre review of
Six Nights in Naples
, London College of Music,
November 2015

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Six Nights in Naples was performed by final year BA Musical Theatre student from the London College of Music at Lawrence Hall, University of West London.

The book and lyrics for Six Days in Naples are by Eden Phillips and the music is by Richard Link, the show’s musical director.

The author calls it a ‘fantastical tale’ that, without giving too much of the plot away, has a supernatural dimension as well a theme beloved of countless films and shows of yesteryear: high art versus popular culture, opera or Broadway show.

It says a lot about the expertise of Phillips’ book that this old cliché doesn’t pall but rather enhances the juxtaposition between the drama and the lighthearted scenes. Phillips, who counts musical versions of Alfie and Love in a Cold Climate amongst his credits, knows just the right moment to surprise us with a plot development to sustain his yarn spinning along in high gear.

The balance between music and dialogue, where one takes over from the other, is judged to a tee. His book throws up a number of deft exchanges such as the Italian Diva enquiring of the stiff upper lip Army Captain: “I didn’t know you were that romantic?”/“I’m not, I’m English.”

The fluency of his writing is buoyed up by the effervescent and tuneful score by Richard Link.

Six Nights in Naples is given a generous welcome that is fully deserved.

Read the full review here

 
September 2015

Press release: London College of Music
Six Nights in Naples is a musical based on an original idea by Eden Phillips (book and lyrics) with music and orchestrations by Richard Link.

Set in the San Carlo opera house Naples in 1943, it explores the tensions between British soldiers and Italian singers and musicians, and affectionately spoofs the conventions of opera and musical comedy. The plot is deliberately fantastical, with characters falling in and out of love with one another at a moment's notice, while the 'spirit' of the San Carlo hovers in attendance.

The show is directed by Marc Urquhart, who also choreographs in tandem with Emma Evans.

Six Nights in Naples Poster

Six Nights in Naples will be performed by students of the London College of Music from the 25th – 28th November 2015. To book tickets, please select your preferred date from www.uwlsu.com/lcmlive and follow the instructions.

www.sixnightsinnaples.com



Alfie the Musical is a great success!
performed by students at the
London College of Music
19-22 November 2014

Alfie The Musical poster

Musical Theatre Review
November 2014

"There's a huge amount of talent in this London College of Music company"

"Eden Phillips' book and witty lyrics ... and John Cameron's catchy music provide … a cracking evening full of tuneful ballads and lively ensemble numbers that would not look out of place in the West End."

Read the full Musical Theatre Review here.

October 2014

Press release: London College of Music
Alfie the Musical
Alfie the Musical will be performed by students of the London College of Music from the 19th – 22nd November 2014. To book tickets, please select your preferred date from www.uwlsu.com/lcmlive and follow the instructions.

30th July 2013

Press release: Musical Schatz
The Postman & The Poet Review
The discovery of THE POSTMAN AND THE POET (CD) is the discovery of a treasure. … Acoustically, this musical is a true listening pleasure from the first to the last second.

In addition to reflections of Boublil/Schonberg's musicals Les Miserables and Miss Saigon in the overture and ensemble numbers, composer Michael Jeffrey has developed a style all of his own – Latin rhythms, fitting to Chile, can be heard in the very peppy "Taca Taca" (and "Dance at Rosa's") and also in "Poetry is Poison". There are many musical highlights on this double CD.

In the leading role of the poet Pablo Neruda is Ethan Freeman. For over 20 years he has been the crème de la crème in German musicals, and has appeared on Broadway and in London's West End. He exhibits his power to express emotion in his only solo "Speak from the Heart". The same quality applies to "Stolen Words" sung by Simon Thomas (Mario) and Joanna Ampil's (Beatriz) singing "You're a Man".

The presentation of the CD should also be mentioned. Although a concept album, one still gets a double CD and a 60-page booklet with the libretto, background information and several photos. It only remains to be hoped that this powerful musical will one day find its way onto the stage and the CD recording will have been just the appetizer. This could be such a beautiful musical. More please!

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2013

The Postman and the Poet CD now available on Amazon
Great price deals for new and used CD's.
www.amazon.co.uk

2012

The ALL NEW Phantom of the Opera Cast
The Postman and The Poet's Simon Thomas plays Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny in Phantom of the Opera
thephantomoftheopera.com