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24SEVEN 25th-31st May 2007

"NEXT! So you want the part?" - The Musical

The hunt is on for islanders who can sing, dance and act for a brand new musical to be performed at the Jersey Opera House next year.  "NEXT! So you want the part?" - The musical, written by islander Nikki Marett-Gregory with original scores by Sally Edmondson.
 
It's set to be a unique show where X-Factor meets musical theatre, following a group of women auditioning for the leading role in a West End musical.  The finale each night promises to surprise all, with audience voting designed to give a different outcome each night.
 
The production team is relying on sponsorship from local businesses to put on the massive production. For more information call Nikki on 875284.
 
 
 
 
 The hunt is on far islanders who can sing, act and dance for a brand new musical to be performed at the Jersey Opera House next year. NEXT! is a musical, written by islander Nikki Marett-Gregory with an original score by SDally Edmonson.
It's set to be a unique show where X-Factor meets the musical theatre, following a group of women auditioning for the leading role in a West End musical. The finale each nighrt promises to surprise all, with audience voting designed to give a different outcome each night.
24 Seven Lifestyle Magazine issue:186 
 

 


 Nikki Marett-Gregory, who wrote the musical, said: ‘I was talking to a regular client of mine and we had a conversation about audi­tions. I said that I had been to them before and I didn’t want to go through that again', which gave me the idea, so when I got home I just sat down and wrote it. I hope it will appeal to people because it is so modern. It is an en­tirely original piece.
'I need a few more leading men. I definitely need one who is really good-looking and one who would be happy to play a sleazy director type to lech over the women.’

Jersey Evening Post - August 30th, 2007
By Anna Keylock
 

 

 The musical, to be performed at the Opera House in June 2008, will confirm what audiences always suspected — thatWest Endmusical auditions are stressful events with some niceness and a lot of nas­tiness going on behind the scenes. The trick up the sleeve of this musical is that every audience will be able to vote for which of the people being auditioned should get the part, and the show’s finale will reflect the live outcome.
From words and music to technical sup­port and marketing, everything to do with NEXT! has been conceived inJersey— for what the crew believes is the first time. The script is by Nikki Marrett-Gregory, with lyrics and music by Sally Edmondson, the musical di­rector is Julie Millow and the choreographer is Emma-Jane Cole.
 ‘It’s been a brilliant, if scary experi­ence,’ said Sally ‘We’ve all been working on this for ages and now we’re going public with the auditions.
‘Both Nikki and I have had so many calls of support from people keen to do something totally new to Jersey — and it’s not just going to stay here, be­cause once we see how the show is received at the Opera House, we’ll be looking to take it to the UK — which will be scary all over again!’

Jersey Evening Post - September 8th, 2007  

 
A MUSICAL being pre­mièred at the Opera House in June and featuring local girls could be staged in the West End.

'Next! So you want the part?' is written by author Nikki Marett-Gregory, who says that two UK producers have al­ready shown an interest in the show.

'One has a production com­pany that did a TV show about musicals and the other is a music producer who is coming over,' she said.

According to Mrs Marett-­Gregory the concept for the musical is unique, bringing re­ality TV auditions and audi­ence participation to the theatre. She said that it featured Jersey women aged between 15 and 66 and looked set to be an exciting production.
We have plenty of work in front of us but it will all be worth it.

Mrs Marett-Gregory said that the show told the story of auditions and in the interval the audience would even have the opportunity to vote for their winner.

'I wrote it last January based on a conversation that I had with a client about there not being much out there for women,' she said. ‘It's so much fun giving these girls the opportunity to get on stage.'

She added that although she was enjoying the project, there was a lot of work involved in bringing the musical to the stage.


Jersey Evening Post - By Anthony Deane  
  
 
Articles:
  • 25th May 2007 - The Musical featured in an article by 24Se7en lifestyle magazine - Page 5
  • 14th August 2007 - Nikki interviewed live on the Carrie Cooper Show - BBC Radio Jersey
  • 30th August 2007 - Nikki feautred in article by the Jersey Evening Post - check out page 8
  • 5th September 2007 - Nikki interviewed live on BBC Radio Jersey by Carrie Cooper and Sara Palmer
  • 8th September 2007 - article in Jersey Evening Post
  • 8th September 2007 -  Auditions plug on BBC Radio Jersey in the morning- which produced even more auditionees!
  • 7th November 2007 - Nikki was on BBC Radio Jersey with Sarah talking about the show, how the auditions went & up coming events.
  • 7th November 2007 - "All My Life Here Now" was played on BBC Radio Jersey for the first time featuring Jamie Boylan. 
  • 23rd November 2007 - Nikki was on BBC Radio Jersey Breakfast Show talking to John about the show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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