A GIRL - HER DREAM - HER LOVe - DIVIDED BY A WALL
The Alan Hawkshaw Foundation in association with Alan Hawkshaw, David Soames and Paul Nicholas presents ACROSS THE WALL - an exciting new Musical, set 1 year before the Berlin Wall was to be pulled down, changing the face of Europe forever.
Written by IVOR NOVELLO AWARD winner Alan Hawkshaw and David Soames (writer of the Musicals TIME and A TALE OF TWO CITIES.)
ACROSS THE WALL was presented for one night only, as a World Premier Narrated Concert on the 21st September 2013 at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London.
When the show is opens commercially, it will be performed by a 52 piece orchestra, a cast of about 20 singers, including 5 principal West End singer/actors including Paul Nicholas, John Owen-Jones, Celia Graham, James Graeme and Holly-Anna Lloyd. The work will be assisted by narration and a projection of images from the period.
ACROSS THE WALL is directed by Paul Nicholas, a name well-known to British Theatre and TV audiences. Paul was also the Co-Producer on the Musicals GREASE and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in London.
The year is 1988 and Katja Meier is young woman living in East Berlin, behind The Wall. Her father Volker is Major in the Grepo Border Guard and he is responsible for stopping East Berliners escaping across the Wall over to West Berlin. Katja sings in the bars and cafes of East Berlin but dreams of one day becoming an Opera Star. Her father uses his influence and gets her an audition for the East Berlin Opera House and she is accepted into the company. Katja confides in one of the company members that she believes the Wall should be torn down and is denounced by the Stasi. She is subsequently dismissed from the Opera House for not joining the Communist Party. Katja decides to escape across the Wall to West Berlin and freedom. She is assisted by her boyfriend Andreas and his brother Peter but only one will escape, one will be imprisoned and one will die at the hands of the Major Volker Meier.
When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 Alan was determined to be a part of this momentous event in some small way and with his wife Christine, who was born in Germany, they boarded a flight with the intention of experiencing this global historic scene. They were not to be disappointed. Alan managed to procure a hammer and chisel and on arrival in Berlin went straight to the wall and began chipping away at it with many other westerners. They were nearly arrested by the West Berlin Police for damaging East German property!
It may have been the inspiration of seeing the Berlin Wall go down that inspired him to create this new west end musical ACROSS THE WALL or it may be the love of his German born wife Christine. Since that day he has often considered writing about this event and so the musical was born and Alan was fortunate to be introduced to the right people at the right time. The seed began to flourish, alongside others who supported the production along the way.
The joint production of ACROSS THE WALL the musical will therefore be performed as a concert, a performance of the vocal score, on September 21st 2013 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London in aid of the Alan Hawkshaw Music Foundation at the Leeds College of Music.
It is a heart wrenching story of the dangerous liaisons between family members who are caught up in the conflicts that surrounded the division of loved ones caught up in political turmoil.
We held auditions for the workshop of Across The Wall and I'm overjoyed to say we have John Addison and Jane Quinn on board for our week at the St James' Theatre. With Holly-Anna Lloyd and Jim Graeme involved plus Paul Nicholas it amounts to a very powerful cast.
John Owen-Jones is an award-winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway actor & singer - best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
INVESTMENT IN THE PRODUCTION
Alan Hawkshaw and David Soames are currently seeking finance to perform this wonderful musical. If you are interested in being a part of this unique production, further details of this investment opportunity can be obtained from Amanda Street, Alan's agent.
Paul Nicholas is an English actor and singer who has had considerable success on stage, screen and in the pop charts.
His musical theatre career began with the leading role of Claude in Hair before winning the title role in the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Followed by the part of Danny to Elaine Paige's Sandy in Grease.
It was while touring with Richard O'Brien in Hair in 1970 that he first heard songs from the yet to be produced Rocky Horror Show and made the first professional recording with O'Brien singing "That Ain't No Crime". On the B-side was a song entitled "Very 50s", where O'Brien introduces the characters Brad, Janet, and Dr. Scott (In 2005 Nicholas sent O'Brien a CD copy of the recordings with a view to releasing them as an historical record).
Thereafter Nicholas returned to the West End starring in Harold Fielding's revival of Charlie Girl with Cyd Charisse.
A prolific and impressive career in musical theatre.