MUSICALIVEIn June 2008, musicworks produced MUSICALIVE, a three week festival of exciting musical theatre events including three fully staged musicals, concerts, workshops and masterclasses at the Bonington Theatre.

The festival invited artists, performers and production teams to take part and gave the opportunity for small scale works that may not have previously had the opportunity to be performed including musicworks own production of ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’, a pop rock musical by Jonathan Larson.


Festival Programme

Musical YouthMusical Youth Workshop and Performance

A workshop for children with leading choral trainers, Jane McDouall and Angela Kay, learning songs from the shows and culminating in a performance for friends and family.



The Last Five YearsOld Friends present ‘The Last Five Years’

Cathy – Susan Pascoe
Jamie – Jonathan Pascoe

Production Team
Director – Catherine Orton
Musical Director – Jonathan Orton

Little Shop of Horrors WorkshopsNo Face Productions present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Creative Workshops

Art workshops for children aged 5 – 11 to work with professional artists to create imaginative hand puppets based on Audrey II – the meanest, greenest plant from outer space that you will ever meet!

Puppets were displayed at the company’s subsequent production of the musical at Nottingham Playhouse.

Improv Musicalmusicworks present “…probably the best improvised musical in the world…EVER!”

Ever wondered what would happen if you put five musical theatre performers and a pianist on stage with nothing but an audience? So did we! No script, no music, no safety net!

The first half was a series of improvised musical games culminating in suggestions from the audience for settings, characters and plots. After the interval the performers improvised a musical based on the suggestions…with HILARIOUS results!

Host – Dan Armstrong
Pianist – Jon Orton
Performers – Phil Birkett, Jonny Fines, Gareth Wynne

Zoe Tylermusicworks present ‘Zoe Tyler – MASTERCLASS’

Vocal coach for BBC’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?’, Zoe worked with individual participants on vocal techniques culminating in a performance from each of the participants and from Zoe herself.



P Productions present ‘Blues in the Night’

A compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues songs commenting on three women’s relationships with one snake of a guy.

Emma Adcock
Julie Easter
Sarah Woodall
Shane Perry

Production Team
Director – Shane Perry
Musical Director – Jonathan Orton

Jeff Blumenkrantzmusicworks present ‘Jeff Blumenkrantz – MASTERCLASS’

Tony Award nominated composer and Broadway performer Jeff Blumenkrantz worked with individual participants on how to interpret a song the evening culminated in a performance from Jeff of his own wonderful songs. A stunning evening and a complete privilege to watch!

musicworks present ‘You’re The Top! Afternoon tea with Cole Porter’

A “De-lovely” afternoon with the songs of Cole Porter exploring his life, loves through his music and letters written and received during his lifetime.

Performed by Phil Birkett.

Nottingham Youth Jazz OrchestraNottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra present – A Night at the Musicals

A hugely talented group of young people take you through the best of the West End and Broadway under the baton of Phil Smith and with guest singer Jayne Russell.


tick, tick ... BOOM!musicworks present ‘tick, tick…BOOM!’

Before ‘RENT’, Jonathan Larson had another story to tell…his own! This three hander musical tells the story of Jonathan, a promising young composer on the eve of his 30th birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city (tick), his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue (tick), and he’s still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical before time, and unbeknownst to him, life, passes him by (BOOM!).


Jonathan – Nick Smith
Susan – Kate Williams
Michael – Rob Kemp

Production Team
Director – Catherine Orton
Musical Director – Stephen Williams

Production Photographs

musicworks present ‘Grateful by John Bucchino’

The culmination of the festival was a concert involving performers from all of the productions and events throughout the three weeks and other singers to perform ‘Grateful’. musicworks gained special permission from Mr Bucchino to perform the songs from his album, a collection of the finest songs of this Broadway composer.

CastGrateful Cast
Jonathan Pascoe
Rachel Jacoby
Andrew Regester
Kate Williams
Becky Wallhead
Phil Birkett
Kate Chilton
Stephen Williams
Tom Keeling
Vanessa Christian
Catherine Orton
Jayne Russell
Jonathan Orton
Gareth Wynne
Andrew Dennis
Stephanie Parkes

Pianist – Jonathan Orton