Theatre discovery platform Thespie has announced that renowned composer Stephen Schwartz has created a special sung performance at the piano for audiences to enjoy as part of the first concert of the Reunited series— four filmed musical theatre concerts premiering throughout December.
Unlimited: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz is a celebration of his works including Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Children of Eden, and The Prince of Egypt, Schwartz’s newest musical. The concert will premiere on Thursday 3 December at 8pm GMT, and will be available on demand afterward for audiences around the globe.
The nine artists in the concert (Nikki Bentley, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Alexia Khadime, Melanie La Barrie, Carl Man, Dianne Pilkington, Liam Tamne, Oliver Tompsett) have all starred in Wicked during its first 14 years in London, and two (Khadime, Tamne) are in the current cast of The Prince of Egypt.
Stephen Schwartz shared, “Since right now we can’t see Wicked, The Prince of Egypt and other live shows, I’m grateful to Thespie for offering the Reunited series of concerts and I’m excited to have these amazing artists singing my songs in this program.”
Developed by Aimie Atkinson (Thespie’s Creative Producer and the Olivier nominated star of Pretty Woman and SIX), each Reunited concert presents ensemble music performances (filmed in COVID-secure London venues), with over 40 of the UK’s top musical theatre artists appearing in the series. The program of each concert has been developed by the artists involved and will also include intimate interview footage.
Thespie Creative Producer Aimie Atkinson commented, “This is truly an all-star cast singing a wide range of Schwartz’s repertoire, music that has meant so much to them since their school days and throughout their careers. The artists really deliver vocally and emotionally, and audiences are in for some incredibly special performances.”
The Reunited concerts are designed to inspire global theatre audiences, by bringing the UK’s best musical theatre talent directly to their homes this holiday season. The artists involved collectively represent over three centuries of experience on UK stages; their recent credits include The Prince of Egypt, Pretty Woman, SIX, Dear Evan Hansen, & Juliet, Come From Away, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Kinky Boots.