Stars of the West End have come together to sing for the West End in new charity single “Christmas Again (The Show Must Go On!)”, released today on Apple Music, Spotify and iTunes.
An original song penned by Anna Hale, Joe McNeice and Matthew Spalding, “Christmas Again” features recognisable voices from across the West End, with 30 performers in total.
All proceeds from purchasing the song go to the Theatre Support Fund+, who will distribute to Acting for Others, The Fleabag Support Fund and the NHS Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
Voices on the track include Mark Anderson (School of Rock the Musical), Marc Antolin (Little Shop of Horrors), Luke Bayer (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Tracie Bennett (Follies), Norman Bowman (Les Misérables), Alex Cardall (Evita), Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Only Fools and Horses the Musical), Matthew Croke (Aladdin), Adam Davidson (Mary Poppins), Janie Dee (Follies), Alice Fearn (Wicked), Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar),) Rachel John (Hamilton), Ryan Kopel (The Book of Mormon) and Rebecca Lock (The Phantom of the Opera).
Jack Loxton (Dear Evan Hansen), Robert Madge (Les Misérables), Rebecca McKinnis (Dear Evan Hansen), Claire Moore (The Phantom of the Opera), Martha Pothen (The Visit), Joanna Riding (The Girls), Clive Rowe (Guys and Dolls), Savannah Stevenson (Mary Poppins), Noah Thomas (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Harriet Thorpe (Mamma Mia!), Sally Ann Triplett (Mamma Mia!) and Lauren Ward (Dear Evan Hansen) also star. William Huke and Ellie Sayles, recent Royal Central School of Speech and Drama graduates also feature in the track.
Writer and producer McNeice said, “We couldn’t have done this without the tireless efforts of everyone involved, and the dedication of our creative team. Not to mention the singers, who either trekked through London to come to the studio or pulled out all the stops to get professional standard recordings to us remotely, people were just overwhelmingly generous with their support for the project, and I think that’s testament to the fact that everyone in our industry is absolutely desperate to do anything they can to get us all back to doing what we love.
It’s an incredibly volatile time and there are days where the future feels paper thin, so we just wanted to spread some festive cheer and hopefully raise a bit of cash for the Theatre Support Fund+ to raise monies for those struggling in the industry in these times. They have been an amazing support system to many so far and I hope our single can help many more.”
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