Soho Cinders in Concert, Queen’s Theatre

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Most new musicals take a while to see the light of day, maybe peeping over the parapet with workshops, or even a concept CD, long before they hit the stage. Few, however, gestate quite as long as Soho Cinders, a musical from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Honk!, Just So, the expanded stage version of Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Betty Blue Eyes) which, as Mark Shenton notes today, has been in development for most of this century already.

And it’s a very 21st century piece – a modern day Cinderella story, with rent boy Robbie using the wages from his escort services to fund his law studies, in order to prove that his wicked stepsisters have illegally taken over his late mother’s coffee shop. The ball becomes a fund-raising bash for a good-looking mayoral candidate whom Robbie has been seeing on the side, although he’s there to escort the wealthy businessman who’s bankrolling the mayoral bid. And when he’s exposed as a rent boy and runs off, it’s not a shoe he leaves behind, but a mobile phone…

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Soho Cinders in Concert, Queen’s Theatre5Scott Matthewman2011-10-10 10:14:16Most new musicals take a while to see the light of day, maybe peeping over the parapet with workshops, or even a concept CD, long before they hit the …

A Very Musical Evening, Wilton’s Music Hall

It’s a sobering thought, but every 24 hours in Britain, another six young people are diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust is working to provide dedicated units within hospitals to provide specialist support for young people and their families.

Anthony Drewe, one half of Honk! and Mary Poppins writing duo Stiles and Drewe, will at the end of October embark on a gruelling trek through the Himalayas to raise much needed funds for the charity (you can donate at his JustGiving page). And for the same charity, he and Elliot Davis (who will also be trekking) put on Sunday night’s fund-raising concert.

And it was a superb, unique evening that it was an intense privilege to attend.

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