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Wednesday 18 December 2013

Take In Nine Festive Musicals This Christmas From The Comfort Of Your Living Room

JemmThree, the UK's first 24/7 radio station dedicated to musical theatre, is having a Musical Theatre Christmas by raising the curtain on nine musicals, with many narrated by the shows' own writing teams.



Every day from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day, JemmThree will broadcast a musical in its entirety at 7pm. 

The majority of these shows have a festive theme and have been created by established and up and coming composers including Alan Menken, Stiles and Drewe, Leslie Bricusse, Chris Burgess and Paul Boyd. 

The composers featured have won numerous awards including Oscars, Golden Globes, Tony and Olivier Awards.

Stephen Beeny, head of music at JemmThree said: 

"Musical films like The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music have always played an important role in Christmas celebrations. 

"We're building on that tradition with JemmThree"s Musical Theatre Christmas and I'm proud to launch our first season with such a strong line-up of shows, featuring a mix of classic and contemporary musicals to touch the heart and raise the spirits.

"It's been a real pleasure to work with the very best British musical theatre record companies and composers to achieve this. 

I'm very excited to be able to bring these exciting shows, in their entirety, to a wider audience. Make sure you have yourself a JemmThree Musical Theatre Christmas." 


Leading British musical theatre record labels JAY Records and SimG Records have worked alongside JemmThree to offer seven of the nine shows being featured with British composers Laurence Mark Wythe and Charles Miller providing the remaining two shows.

JAY Records president John Yap added: 

"As one of the most respected record labels in the genre of show music, it's been a pleasure to work with JemmThree on their Musical Theatre Christmas. 

"Everyone loves a good show tune over the festive season and we're pleased and excited to introduce some familiar and less well known musical theatre recordings from the JAY catalogue to their listeners."

JemmThree launched on the 29 May 2013 and is the UK's first internet musical theatre radio station dedicated to stage and screen musicals, with a focus on contemporary shows. 

You can listen to JemmThree via www.jemmthree.com or by downloading the JemmRadio or Tune In app.


JemmThree's Musical Theatre Christmas schedule:

Christmas Eve, 7pm – Scrooge

By Leslie Bricusse, with narration by JemmThree breakfast presenter Robin Crowley

Originally written for the screen, Leslie Bricusse adapted his screenplay, music and lyrics for this stage version. The heart-warming story of how the miserly Scrooge was shown the error of his ways by his deceased partner Jacob Marley, and the three Christmas ghosts who persuade him to turn over a new leaf, is brilliantly supplemented by this wonderful score.

Christmas Day, 7pm - A Christmas Carol

By Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens, with narration by JemmThree afternoon presenter Stephen Beeny 

A musical is based on Charles Dickens' 1843 novella of the same name. The show was presented annually at the Paramount Theatre in Madison Square Garden from 1 December, 1994 to 27 December, 2003. The version we are playing is the all-star cast from the 2004 television film with Kelsey Grammer, Jason Alexander, Jesse L Martin, Jane Krakowski, Geraldine Chaplin and Jennifer Love Hewitt. 


Boxing Day, 7pm - The Lost Christmas

By Laurence Mark Wythe, with narration by Laurence Mark Wythe

A festive family musical that was most recently seen in London at the Waterloo East Theatre in 2011. It has also been staged by youth groups including Maidstone Youth Theatre at the Hazlitt Arts Centre. The story is about the true meaning of the Christmas spirit and is suitable for all the family with fun, catchy songs, an intriguing plot and great, funny characters including time travelling robots from the future and of course Santa Claus himself! The Lost Christmas appears courtesy of Perfect Pitch Musicals Ltd.

Friday 27 December, 7pm - Soho Cinders

By George Stiles & Anthony Drewe, with narration by George Stiles

Cinderella re-imagined - a modern musical fable with a story centred around the complications of love, with a catchy contemporary new score. In aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, this one-night-only concert was recorded live at the Queen"s Theatre London on Sunday 9 October 2011 and featured an all-star West End cast including David Bedella, Clive Carter, Sharon D Clarke, Amy Lennox, Beverly Rudd, Jos Slovick, Hannah Waddingham, Michael Xavier and Sandi Toksvig.

Saturday 28 December, 7pm - That Time Of The Year

Concept and lyrics by Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman

A musical revue of 25 all-original Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's songs. Running the musical gamut from show tunes to rock, blues and jazz, the songs range from funny numbers highlighting the joys and anxieties of the holiday season to beautiful, touching ballads about the meaning behind the holidays.

Sunday 29 December, 7pm - The Three Little Pigs

By George Stiles & Anthony Drewe, with narration by Anthony Drewe 

A family-friendly 'very curly musical tail' based on the universally famous fairy tale performed by a stellar West End cast including Alison Jiear as the Piglets" put-upon Mother who is "too old and too tough to eat", Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe as The Big, Bad but Misunderstood  Wolf, and Gareth Gates, Amy Lennox and Lewis Barnshaw as the three pigs.

Monday 30 December - Sleeping Arrangements

By Chris Burgess (based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella), with narration by Chris Burgess

This farcical yet heart-felt story explores the theme of "second chances" and "missed opportunities" with a sizzle of sensuality and lashings of Sangria. In the heat of the Spanish summer old passions flare up once more for two ex-lovers – now remarried and holidaying with their families. When a Spanish holiday villa turns out be double-booked, Chloe and Hugh are forced to spend a week together… and it is a week neither will ever forget!

New Year's Eve, 7pm - When Midnight Strikes

By Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds, with narration by JemmThree afternoon presenter Stephen Beeny 

New York, New Year's Eve 1999 - the dawn of a new millennium - and Jennifer West's intimate dinner party for close friends and family begins to fall apart upon the discovery that her husband has been having an affair. To make matters worse, she realizes that the unknown mistress is one of eleven party guests. As the hosts confront their unravelling marriage, new resolutions, past mistakes, and an uncertain future merge into an explosive and life-altering evening.

New Year's Day, 7pm - Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory

By Paul Boyd, with narration by Paul Boyd

An original titillating musical tale of three very ordinary couples who live on Mammary Lane. When a mysterious stranger appears in the town of Little Happening the local men suddenly find themselves plotting to get rid of their wives, whilst the women of the town are left with no option but to get one or two things off their chests! This hilariously graphic musical adventure takes a satirical swipe at a society that considers beauty to be only skin deep.  


by: Mike Cobley




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