I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical premiere & tons of #StageFaves' cabarets in new Live at Zedel season

05 Dec
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Alexander S Bermange's new musical revue premieres at Crazy Coqs

Live at Zedel's new 2018 winter/spring season includes the world premiere of Alexander S Bermange's new revue I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical (you can relate, right?!), a new residency for American composer Scott Alan plus a slew of #StageFaves in cabaret...

James Albrecht, Artistic Director says: “According to the Oxford dictionary the definition of ‘Festival’ is, 'An organized series of concerts, plays, or films, typically one held annually in the same place.' The more we embrace the possibilities of the venue and the insatiable appetite of our increasingly diverse audience, the more we have the sensation of programming a yearlong festival of culture – and the place is Crazy Coqs. With some 800 performances in our first year, at least 2 a night at 7pm and 9:15pm, the range and quality of artists who have populated our tiny stage has been thrilling and humbling.  We hope there will be plenty to entice you in our 2018 winter/spring season.”

In a wide-ranging programme, musical highlights include:

  • The world premiere of Alexander S. Bermange’s musical revue I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical runs for nine performances from 9 to 17 April 2018 in a cheeky, caustic, and affectionate exploration of why there is no business-like show business
  • Songwriting star Scott Alan begins a week-long residency with some astonishing special guests including Alice Fearn, Sophie Evans, Matt Henry, Natasha Barnes, Amy Lennox and Marisha Wallace
  • Flo & Joan, the British-born, Toronto based musical comedy sensations bed in for a monthly residency with guests

Cabaret highlights include:

  • Janie Dee, one of Britain’s most celebrated actresses who is back after a sell-out 2017 show and an Evening Standard award nomination for her role in Sondheim’s critically-acclaimed Follies at the National Theatre with a brand-new show on 11, 12, 16 and 17 March
  • Julian Ovenden provides a rare opportunity for audiences to hear one of the most versatile singers up close and personal
  • Anne Reid: A Night at the Pictures
  • West End and film star Johnnie Fiori and legendary cabaret artist Holy Penfield
  • Joe Stilgoe and Friends returns for a weeklong residency following nine sold-out performances in 2017

From the US, artists crossing the Atlantic include:

  • Christian Howes, following multiple sold-out engagements in New York and Washington
  • Tony Award-nominated Melissa Ericco makes her solo debut bringing her gorgeous voice to the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim
  • classically-trained artist and protégé of Quincy Jones Eli Taplin, the ‘comic firecracker with a  pyrotechnic voice’ (Time Out) Christina Bianco who makes her Crazy Coqs debut
  • Jason Kravits who reinvents the musical cabaret with Off The Top! with Jason Kravits