Preview by Jack Foley
FOLLOWING four critically-acclaimed shows to date, Notes
from New York, the West End’s first and only platform
for contemporary US musical theatre, will return for the final
time to celebrate its first anniversary with a special gala performance
at the Trafalgar Studios on Sunday, November
The event will be headlined by soap siren, Amy Nuttall, and teen
pop sensation, Jon Lee, alongside young musical theatre stars
and series regulars, Julie Atherton and Paul Spicer (pictured),
who will be joined by a selection of previous cast members.
Celebrating the songs and shows of all nine composers so far
profiled in the series, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Jonathan
Larson (Rent, Tick Tick Boom), Tony Award winner Jason
Robert Brown (Songs for a New World, Parade, The Last Five
Years) and the Grammy nominated Andrew Lippa (John &
Jen, The Wild Party), this special first anniversary gala
performance will also feature the UK and European première
of material from Tim Acito’s enchanting musical fairy tale,
Zanna Don’t, which following a critically acclaimed
Off-Broadway run last year, will open on Broadway in Spring 2005.
Amy Nuttall, whose theatre credits
include Christine in Phantom
of the Opera, is currently playing Chloe in ITV’s Emmerdale
and Jon Lee, who became a household name as a member of pop group
S Club 7, recently starred as Marius in the West End production
of epic musical Les Misèrables.
Julie Atherton, fresh from her universally acclaimed performance
in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Just
So, is currently playing Serena in the West End production
of Fame and Paul Spicer, whose extensive theatre credits
include leads in The Witches of Eastwick and Taboo,
will next star as the Prince in Sleeping Beauty at the
Nottingham Playhouse this Christmas.
Both Julie and Paul, who have headlined three of the four Notes
from New York shows to date and are gaining a reputation as two
of the UK’s hottest young talents, return by popular demand.
Launched in November 2003, to present a selection of brand new
US musical theatre work in the West End for the very first time,
Notes from New York has since developed something of
a cult following and enjoyed a succession of sell-out shows, having
played at The Arts Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and, most recently,
at the Trafalgar Studios, where it returns for this final gala
performance, which will celebrate the best moments from all four
previous shows as well as offering one or two unexpected musical
Produced by Neil Eckersley, Notes from New York is directed
by David Randall, with associate direction and musical staging
by co-founder of the series, Paul Spicer.