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By Tristan Harris Friday 13 June 2014 Updated: 18/06 12:52
THE PSYCHEDELLIC sounds of the 60s will be coming to the Second City thanks to a Bromsgrove writer.
The first full theatre production of the gritty and groovy musical 3 Summers by Euan Rose will run from Tuesday (June 17) to next Saturday (June 21) at The Library of Birmingham’s new Studio Theatre.
It follows the story of four young women who follow their dreams and ambitions whilst living in a shared house with reclusive 1950s singer Freddie Savage.
Set against a backdrop of revolution, flower-power, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, the production is packed with original songs and music.
It is being premiered at the Birmingham venue before it is taken on a national tour and then hopefully to the West End.
The music has been penned by Nigel Wright, from Redditch, and it is backed by theatrical impresario Laurie Mansfield who earned a star on Birmingham’s Walk of Fame in Broad Street last year.
3 Summers was first performed as a workshop at Bromsgrove’s Artrix in 2011 and this polished version has come after a lengthy development process involving Euan and Laurie’s theatrical partner Bill Kenwright.
Euan said: “It has been amazing to have the support of Laurie Mansfield and, through Laurie, Bill Kenwright.
“Between them they have been responsible for most of the West End’s biggest shows over the past 20 years so the fact they believe 3 Summers has the potential to be a hit is fantastic.”
Euan, a Fellow of Birmingham City University, was also responsible for the story of Wallop Mrs Cox which played to sell-out crowds at The Rep and The Hippodrone in 2010.
And Euan also penned the Charlotte Badger musical, based on the first female Australian pirate who was from Bromsgrove and was given penal servitude in New South Wales. That production received plenty of critical acclaim when it was performed at the town’s Artrix.
Euan experienced musical life in the 60s himself in several bands including The Ekos and The Cheetahs and shared bills with The Beatles in Hamburg. Nigel was a fellow band-mate during that time.
Speaking ahead of the premiere, Brian Gambles, the Director of Library of Birmingham, said: “We are thrilled the first musical to be performed in our exciting new Studio Theatre will be a world premiere.
“3 Summers promises a genuine taste of the 60s and we’re proud to be the first venue in what we are sure will be a long and successful run.”
• Tickets are available online at www.birmingham-box.co.uk and from The Rep Box Office on 0121 245 4455.
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