Wednesday, September 5

Michael Ball, Michael Xavier, Maria Friedman and Sally Anne Triplett at MMD Anniversary Gala

Updated 22nd September: The full line up of artists for Mercury Musical Developments 20th Anniversary Gala at 8:00 pm  Sunday 14th October at the Novello Theatre are Michael Xavier, Janie Dee, Claire Moore, Hayley Gallivan, Maria Friedman, Danielle Hope, Alison Jiear, Haydn Gwynne, Sally Anne Triplett, David Bedella, Tam Mutu, Paul Kaye, Stuart Matthew Price, Lucy May Barker, Madalena Alberto and Jenna Russell with ex Busted member James Bourne performing an unplugged set from his new show Loserville

Willy Russell, Charles Hart and Stiles & Drewe will be introducing new songs at the event performed by the artists above.

Michael Ball will present the Sidney Brown Memorial Award for new musical theatre writing with an excerpt from the winning show being performed at the gala.

An auction of musical theatre memorabilia will also take place around the time of the event with current lots including an item from the film Les Miserables signed by Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, hand written lyrics to James Bond’s Diamonds are Forever by Don Black and a specially written song from Stiles & Drewe.

Mercury musical Developments (MMD) is a registered charity for writing book, music and lyrics for musical theatre. The charity joined the Arts Council Portfolio this year in partnership with Musical Theatre Network.
It started in 1992 when founding members studied with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford when he was The Cameron Mackintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre. Early members of the organisation include Howard Goodall, Charles Hart, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe and Kit Hesketh Harvey.

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