It's Just The Beginning:
The Songs of Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds
Featuring the very best of Charles & Kevin's songs from 10 of their most popular musicals, sung by West End and Broadway stars including:
18 Stunning songs sung by the West End & Broadways hottest stars! Featuring: JULIE ATHERTON (Avenue Q, Mamma Mia), HELENA BLACKMAN (BBC s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?), VALERIE CUTKO (Cabaret), PIA DOUWES (Chicago), BRENDA EDWARDS (ITV's X-Factor, Chicago, We Will Rock You), MARK EVANS (BBC's Your Country Needs You, Wicked, Spamalot), FENTON GRAY (Les Miserables, Blood Brothers), DONNA HINES (Little Shop Of Horrors, Dancing In The Streets), JODIE JACOBS (Rent, Fame), CASSIDY JANSON (Wicked, Avenue Q), MICHAEL MCCARTHY (Les Miserables), CHARLOTTE PAGE (Phantom Of The Opera), LOUISE PLOWRIGHT (Mamma Mia), RICHARD REYNARD (Blood Brothers), PAUL SPICER (Avenue Q), SHONA WHITE (Wicked, Chess), ALAN WINNER (Gone With The Wind) and a stunning performance of Never Learned To Type by CAROLINE O'CONNOR (Moulin Rouge, Chicago) This CD contains the finest works from Musicals written by this very unusual team combining the very best of British music scores from Charles Miller with the dynamism of the lyrics of New York's Kevin Hammonds. West End meets Broadway in new musical theatre composition. The songs come from their best known shows including: Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, When Midnight Strikes, Cabin Fever, Fabula, Hope and No One In The World.
In a West End now dominated, as is Broadway, by compilations of past pop hits, original composing teams are hard to come by, but Charles Miller & Kevin Hammonds continue to blaze this apparently unfashionable path, and I hope that this album paves the way for more of their work to be seen on the stages for which they were written and where they belong. --
Mark Shenton, Theatre critic Sunday Express and The Stage
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We need to cherish composers and writers like Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds.
Roger Foss, LBC
Charles Miller and New York-based Kevin Hammonds have borrowed the baton from the likes of Sondheim and created a rare thing - a witty and entertaining piece of musical theatre that is a treat for the brain. It's enough to restore one's faith in the genre.
The British Theatre Guide
For sheer escapist fun, no evening in the London theatre can beat this fizzily entertaining and witty send-up...a giggle from the first melodic note to the very last...the show has terrific energy...with proper backing, this little show could lift off to a bigger future."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
I've a hunch we'll be hearing a lot more of Brenda Bly: Teen Detective. It's a show that seems excitingly familiar from its first spooky chord, full of that strange quality that screams popular hit. The score, packed with 50's pastiche, hits the button repeatedly...as purely entertaining an evening you will get in the theatre this year.
Paul Vale, The Stage
BRENDA BLY: TEEN DETECTIVE
Brenda Bly: Teen Detective was produced at the University of Chichester.
Photos courtesy of University of Chichester
When Midnight Strikes
London critics have gone mad for Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds' When Midnight Strikes, and its new stunning production Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
Click here to download the press packet to read the rave reviews.
After an exciting new rewrite and complete overhaul Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds' RSVP ASAP received a brand new production at the London School of Musical Theatre.
Real Estate shark, Kyle Prescott has his marching orders: Tear down a New York City homeless shelter in order to build a Cineplex – even if it is one week before Christmas. Kyle is humbled and amazed when he meets older resident Nick who has amnesia but also a giving spirit, even under such dire circumstances.
With his supervisor breathing down his neck, Kyle is feeling pressure to shut down the shelter, but when he learns that Nick was found unconscious in a Santa suit, he starts to believe that his new friend may be the actual Santa Claus. As the hustle and bustle of Christmas in New York builds to a frenzy, so does the action-packed twists and turns of this hysterical and heart-warming new family musical. This soon-to-be classic is filled with rousing Broadway tunes, and touching Christmas songs that will get even the most jaded city dweller in the holiday spirit.