West End stars to perform new original songs to help charities during the lockdown

Some of London’s theatreland’s best-known actors will appear in a very special gala featuring both new tunes and classic songs from musicals. The show, which will be accompanied by a live full orchestra, will split all of their proceeds evenlt between the participants and the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. The campaign has been organised by producer Adam Blanshay, whose goal is to inspire and lift people during the pandemic.

There’s nothing more unique about the performing arts than its ability to touch, to raise awareness, to calm and comfort, and to bring out the best in people in just a couple of minutes. And though the theatre shutdown continues both in the UK and in many other countries, it’s rather true that you just can’t put a stop to creativity. During these days, many artists have been sharing their talent for free with their audiences to make this isolation period a bit more bearable. But now several of them have taken a higher step, not only regarding their art, but their contribution to solve the problem.

Adam Blanshay Productions has just launched the campaign Newfound Hope Song, where some of London’s theatreland’s greatest actors will join forces by writing and collaborating with new musical pieces – in a beautiful attemp to move us, uplift us, inspire us, and  of course, also entertain. Accompanied by a live orchestra, these brand new songs will be combined with some other classic showtunes – all of them performed in a very special gala whose proceeds will be split evenly between the participants and the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

“With Newfound Hope Songs we hope honour this good will, unite musical theatre talent, and inspire song-writing creativity during this time of reflection”, says producer Adam Blanshay. “In support of NHS Charities Together and participating performers, we are committed to staging this new work at a charity gala when theatres are able to reopen their doors, in what promises to be an uplifting and inspirational evening of fun, music, laughter and love. My hope is that after the concert, these songs will live on to be sung far and wide by theatre fans alike, continuing to instil hope in people, and enabling people to look back at something positive that came out of the lockdown period.”

The stars who have already comitted to the initative include Shan Ako (Les Miserables, The X FactorJohn Dagleish (Olivier Award-winner for Sunny Afternoon), Kerry Ellis (We Will Rock You, Wicked, Oliver!), David Hunter (Kinky Boots, Once, Waitress), Cassidy Janson (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Leading Ladies, & Juliet), Rachel John (Hamilton, Memphis, The Bodyguard)  Lucie Jones (Waitress, Eurovision Song Contest, Les Miserables), Josh Piterman (The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, The Ten Tenors), Joshua St. Clair (City of Angels, Kinky Boots, Wicked), and Jodie Steele (SIX, Heathers, Rock of Ages).

The date and theatre for the Newfound Hope Song gala will be announced in due course. For advanced booking and additional information, you can sign up on the following link.

By Guillermo Názara

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