Lowry festival offers look at future musicals

The Lowry. Pic: Nathan Chandler


Paul Genty

26 Oct 2020

Next generation of West End musicals face audiences for the first time

A festival designed to give new musicals their big break is coming to Salford’s The Lowry next month.

Musical Rewrites (Nov 10-14) showcases new musicals touring for the first time, works in progress and “curtain raisers”. 

In this fourth iteration of the festival, work under the spotlight includes: Sunshine, developed by Andy Barnes, producer of hit show SIX; A Mother’s Song, by Cameron Mackintosh resident composer Finn Anderson, and Unfortunate, which offers the back-story to one of Disney's favourite villains and was an Edinburgh Fringe hit in 2019.

Each musical will be performed live for a small, socially-distanced audience as well as being streamed the following week on Broadway on Demand UK’s stream.theatre platform. Once online it will run alongside a showcase of new musicals at New York's famous National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals.

Lowry senior programmer and producer Matt Eames said, “'Even in the midst of lockdown, I was convinced that we could and should find a way for our annual mini-musicals season to proceed. This was a unique opportunity to work with some really exciting people and open up Rewrites to a new audience by streaming it online.

“I’m thrilled with the line-up and delighted we are able to showcase the brilliant new musical theatre being made right now across the UK.”

Tickets (£10 for viewing live or online) are available with more information about each show here.