WISBECH: Musical writer gives her verdict on premieres - and reveals West End ambition.
MMM Mmm The Musical delighted packed audiences during its premiere run at the Angles Theatre, Wisbech, from April 30-May 3. But what s next for the original musical written by Katrina Mason, from Gorefield. In an exclusive report, Katrina gives us her ove
MMM Mmm The Musical delighted packed audiences during its premiere run at the Angles Theatre, Wisbech, from April 30-May 3.
But what's next for the original musical written by Katrina Mason, from Gorefield. In an exclusive report, Katrina gives us her overview of the show and of her ambitions to see Mmm Mmm reach the West End.
WITH every performance sold out, the dress rehearsal was opened up to the public, but left a long waiting list of people hoping to witness this original musical.
Audiences were full of praise, buying copies of the soundtrack CD and requesting details of repeat productions. A raffle was also held in aid of British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Nurses.
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Now, we are organising filming some excerpts (like a film trailer) and packaging this with CD and literature to hopefully interest other Am Dram societies in doing their own production of it, and to promote it to professional companies.
We are also looking for venture capitalists to invest so we can pursue our goal of getting Mmm Mmm to the West End - I know it's a huge dream, but why not?
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There were so many audience members asking when it would be on again. They loved the music - who would have thought so many audience members would buy 'previously unknown' albums at £10 each!
An incredible amount of people (mostly strangers to me) said they felt it was not an amateur show, and it deserved a wider audience - this was of course testament to a brilliant cast and direction, but they genuinely were blown away by the songs and loved the storylines and characters. I still cannot quite believe the excellent response, and am so grateful for everyone's support.
There is also the proposed documentary of the quest to get Mmm Mmm to the professional stage - I am in seemingly never-ending negotiations with a film/television production team.
Encouraged by the response to its premiere, we intend to promote Mmm Mmm The Musical as far as we can.
With regards other ventures, I am halfway through writing a play (work halted when Mmm Mmm got busy!) and have written a novel for teenagers (again, will get back into editing and sending off once Mmm Mmm has levelled out).
I am going to be 'Audrey' in Little Shop of Horrors (again) both at the Angles and at the Waterford Festival later in the year, so that should be fun to be back on stage rather than the more stressful production side of the theatre.
Phill (husband) and Ross Griggs (who helped write the music) are getting back to performing with 'Boned' - the rock band that played along side Judas Priest, The Scorpions and Ian Gillan at the Royal Albert Hall a year or so ago, re-releasing the album 'Up At The Crack', and planning recordings for a new album. We are all busy re-introducing ourselves to our families and friends, and gigging in function band Red Hot and Blue.
Anything else that comes along will be a bonus!
• More information about future productions of Mmm Mmm The Musical and the West End mission is available at www.mmm-mmm-the-musical.com.