This year really has flown by. It only seems like yesterday we were debuting our new Christmas song, Santa, You’re Still My Friend at A West End Christmas 2012 and now we’ve just had A West End Christmas 2013. We loved writing Reindeer Wives and Sophie Isaacs, Harriet Thorpe and Christopher Howell (currently starring in Stephen Ward) brought these reindeers to life so beautifully and hilariously. Check out the video from the night here. West End Bares was also so much sexy fun this year and we had the pleasure of writing Bare It At The Funfair performed by Michael Xavier and Frances Ruffelle as the closing song of the show. Check out the video here.
In less than one week on the 16th December we will be debuting our very first songbook album entitled ‘You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson & Petty’ It’s a culmination of some of the work that we have composed over the last few years and we can’t wait for you to hear it. The album will be available for download on amazon and iTunes and will come with a digital booklet. The physical release will follow soon and will be available on amazon.com.
U.S. performers featured on the album are Jen Burleigh-Bentz (Mamma Mia), Brent Michael DiRoma (Avenue Q nat’l tour), Josh Franklin (Anything Goes), Natalie Gallo (Jersey Boys), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Jason Kappus (American Idiot), Jonathan Rayson (Because of Winn-Dixie), Coleen Sexton (Jekyll & Hyde), and Lucia Spina (Kinky Boots).
U.K. performers are Matthew Barrow (Merrily We Roll Along), Gina Beck (Wicked), Kieran Brown (Love Never Dies), Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple, I Can’t Sing – The X-Factor Musical), Debbie Kurup (Olivier Award nominee – The Bodyguard), Sophia Ragavelas (Les Miserables), and Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables).
Track listing for ‘You Are Home’:
1. Beautiful Day – Brent Michael DiRoma
2. Suddenly – Cynthia Erivo
3. Only Me – Matthew Barrow
4. You Are Home – Coleen Sexton
5. The Rain It Falls – Natalie Gallo
6. Forever Child – Gina Beck
7. This Time I Know – Jen Burleigh-Bentz
8. Tell Me – Jason Kappus
9. Superman – Autumn Hurlbert
10. Christmas Eve – Jonathan Rayson
11. We Stand Together – Frances Ruffelle
12. Take Me Away – Josh Franklin
13. Love Will Find Its Way – Lucia Spina
14. A New Star Tonight- Kieran Brown
15. River, Slow Down – Debbie Kurup
16. Stand Up (bonus track) – Sophia Ragavelas
In March of next year we will be presenting songs from ‘You Are Home’ as well as new material from upcoming projects in concert at the St. James’ Studio in London. We are also planning a New York City concert for August.
So as we come to the close of this year we would like to wish you all the very best for the Holidays and once again thank you so much for all of your support.
Barry and Mark x
Hello from Anderson & Petty Central….
Welcome to our fall update. The last few months have been fantastically crazy. We’ve finished recording all of our vocalists for the upcoming album ‘You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson & Petty’ both in the USA and the UK. Barry was in London throughout August and we had a ball working with so many talented people. Our album is due out on Monday 16th December on Great White Wax Records and will be available in a physical release as well as a download on iTunes, amazon and CDBaby worldwide. September saw us have our song Bare It At The Funfair performed at West End Bares by Michael Xavier and Frances Ruffelle. You can see a video of the performance here. We are also writing a brand new song entitled Reindeer Wives for this year’s MADTrust A West End Christmas show on the 1st December which will be performed by Sophie Isaacs, Harriet Thorpe and Christopher Howell. We are also putting together plans to have a concert in London in March of next year to showcase songs from the album, our new song-cycle and a musical currently in development.
Here is a list in no particular order of the songs on our album. We will have the confirmed tracklisting order in the next few weeks.
Coleen Sexton – You Are Home
Josh Franklin – Take Me Away
Jen Burleigh-Bentz – This Time I Know
Natalie Gallo – The Rain It Falls
Frances Ruffelle – We Stand Together
Cynthia Erivo – Suddenly
Jason Kappus – Tell Me
Lucia Spina – Love Will Find Its Way
Sophia Ragavelas – Stand Up
Jonathan Rayson – Christmas Eve
Gina Beck – Forever Child
Brent Michael DiRoma – Beautiful Day
Kieran Brown – A New Star Tonight
Matthew Barrow – Only Me
Debbie Kurup – River, Slow Down
Autumn Hurlbert – Superman
Once again, thank you to each and every one of you for your continued support. Much love, as always….Barry & Mark x
Welcome to our summer update. The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for us and the results of this will be seen over the coming months. Firstly we wanted to extend our congratulations to Maud Millar who received a special commendation at The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Competition where she performed our song Love Will Find Its Way as part of the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Award.
In June, Barry and I began preparations for our album which will be a songbook of our work up until this point and will be available for Christmas on Great White Wax Records. You will know most of the songs as they have already been performed in our showcases but there will also be a few new ones on there so we are very excited to see what you think of them. We have already recorded all of the US vocalists for the album and Barry will be arriving in London this evening as we begin the recording sessions with all of the UK vocalists over the coming week. Rehearsals have been going well and we can’t wait to get into the studio with everyone. We will be tweeting and uploading photos and videos from these sessions over the coming weeks.
We have also been commissioned by MADTrust (the Make A Difference Trust) to write the closing song again for this years West End Bares show on Sunday 1st September. Click here to purchase tickets. Our song entitled ‘Bare It At The Funfair’ will be performed by Frances Ruffelle and Michael Xavier. Michael is currently playing Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to rave reviews and Frances has recently completed sell-out shows in London and New York for her ‘Behind The Dress’ show and will be debuting her brand new show ‘Paris Original’ this October in London at The Crazy Coqs.
Thank you as always for your continued support x
LOVE WILL FIND ITS WAY makes it to the final of The Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Award at The Garrick Theatre on the 19th May 2013Apr 08
We are thrilled to announce that our song Love Will Find Its Way has made it through to the final stages of the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Award and will be performed at The Garrick Theatre on the 19th May 2013 by Maud Millar. We would like to extend our congratulations to our fellow nominees Dan Looney, Pippa Cleary & Jake Brunger, Jen Toksvig & Alex Rudd, Darren Clark, Tamar Broadbent, Tim Sutton, Mark Anderson, Stuart Matthew Price, Chris Passey, Mark Redmond and Theo Jamieson. Tickets for the show can be purchased here :) x
I hope that you are all beginning to feel the festive spirit, we most certainly are. The last few months have been incredibly busy for us and as always there is a lot more to come. We finally debuted our two new songs last weekend both commissioned by the wonderful charity The Make A Difference Trust (MAD Trust). The first was entitled We Stand Together and was written for The Service of Dedication & Celebration for World Aids Day on 1st December and was performed by the wonderful Rachel Tucker with a choir of 20 students from the MTA (Musical Theatre Academy). You can see the video here. The second was written for A West End Christmas on 2nd December and was entitled Santa, You’re Still My Friend’ and was performed by Daniel Shwartz-Briskin, Ava Merson-O’Brien & Jaime Adler from The Sylvia Young School. You can see the video here. Both songs were performed at the truly beautiful St. Paul’s (The Actors’) Church in Covent Garden, London. On the 6th December our other Holiday song Christmas Eve is being performed by 14 of the 2nd Years from the Italia Conti Academy at their annual Christmas Show. The studio recording of Christmas Eve performed by Jonathan Rayson is also our new single and can be downloaded on iTunes and Amazon worldwide.
Once again we would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support for us on our musical journey. We love what we do and we love to share it with you.
Have a wonderful holiday season and glad tidings to all.
Love, Barry & Mark xxxx
We hope this finds you well. Well, the leaves are beginning to fall and summer is finally over. Which means that Christmas is right around the corner, which always makes us happy. As usual we are busy working on new projects and we can’t wait for you to see and hear what’s coming. We will have the footage of the fantastic performance of Stand Up from this years West End Bares show performed by Louise Dearman and Mark Evans very soon. You can check out the West End Bares 2012 Highlights Video here. There are also new songs in the pipeline including something festive for you too. Be sure to keep checking in on our website and also our YouTube channel and twitter page for all of the latest updates.
We have also added our new songs to the song store.
Be good and we hope to be seeing you very soon.
Barry and Mark xxxx
We are so excited to finally be able to reveal to you the two wonderful vocalists who will be performing our brand new song Stand Up which has been written especially for this years West End Bares. They are Mark Evans (currently playing Sam
Wheat in Ghost) and the West End’s soon-to-be-new Elphaba in Wicked, Miss Louise Dearman. We are honoured to have both of these shining lights adding their amazing vocals and performance to our song.
The show will be on Sunday 2nd September and tickets can be purchased via the link below….xxxx
A huge thank you from both of us to everyone involved in the show last night. To the performers, the musicians, the musical direction, the lighting, sound, the composers, the staff at The Union Theatre and all of the wonderful people that came along to see the show we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Where would we be without all of your truly amazing support. Thank you…..xxxx
Here is the final list of performers for our concert on the 12th August. Performing songs by Anderson & Petty, Christopher J Orton (My Land’s Shore) and Laura Tisdall (The In-Between: A New Musical) will be Georgie Ashford (Legally Blonde), Michael Burgen (Spamalot, The Pirates of Penzance), Chloe Hart (Hairspray, Les Miserables, Wicked), Sophie Evans (The Wizard of Oz), Ceili O’Connor (The Wizard of Oz, The Fantasticks), Kelly-Anne Gower (Les Miserables, Blood Brothers), Craig Rhys Barlow (Les Miserables), Emily Tierney (The Wizard of Oz, Wicked), Jonathan Williams (Les Miserables, The War of the Worlds), Nadine Cox (Mamma Mia, Wicked, Billy Elliot), Edd Post (Jersey Boys We Will Rock You), Kieran Brown (Wicked, Love Never Dies, Les Miserables), Kim Ismay (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard) and Matthew Barrow (The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Rent). The night will be under the Musical Direction of Annemarie Lewis Thomas and will feature the students of the MTA (Musical Theatre Academy)
We are proud to present an evening celebrating new musical theatre songwriting. We will be joined on the evening by Christopher J Orton (My Land’s Shore) and Laura Tisdall (The In-Between: A New Musical) with performances from some very special guests.
Christopher J Orton:
Christopher is a writer and composer who works mainly with librettist and co-lyricist Robert Gould. Together they have written eight musicals and four plays. Most recently they completed a professional recording of their largest work My Land’s Shore, which is on sale now from Amazon, Dress Circle and their own website. For more info please visit www.MyLandsShoreMusical.com and follow @mylandsshore and @kitorton on Twitter!
Laura Tisdall is a new musical theatre composer. She has recently finished writing her second musical, The In-Between, and recording a concept album for the show with West End stars Sabrina Aloueche, Julie Atherton, Daniel Boys, Cassandra Compton, Hadley Fraser, Alexia Khadime, Dianne Pilkington, Lauren Samuels and Liam Tamne. The album is now available from Dress Circle shop and iTunes.www.theinbetweenmusical.com
We will be announcing our special guest vocalists in the coming weeks.
Tickets are £15 and can be purchased by calling the box office on 020 7261 9876 or online at www.uniontheatre.biz