The Billie Holiday StoryWritten by Brian Langtry and Len Holden
The Five Year ItchWritten by Steve Black
It is several years before Marilyn`s death. Herstardom has reached almost chaotic heights and her own insecurities have forced her to flee to a quiethotel where, under a pseudonym, she checks in to escape the demands put on her by the public, theindustry, friends and lovers. In the hotel room she meets a stranger and begins to talk about her childhood and her troubled life. The play reveals a side of Marilyn Monroe not usually seen.Later in the play the two meet again in the samemotel room. Much has happened in the interveningyears but here ominously dark clouds lurk on thehorizon.This compelling two handed play by Steve Blackprovides an engrossing glimpse into the life andrelationships of Marilyn Monroe.This play was originally premiered at the Kings HeadTheatre in Islington and directed by the renownedactor Jonathan Hyde.
Written in 2005 by friends and colleauges this work details the life of the tragic yet vibrant jazz icon, Billie Holiday, from her first appearance at the age of 13 through to her sad and untimely death in 1959. The Show was toured by` Theatre-Productions` in 2005 starring London based actress `Yah` in the title role and again in 2006 when Billie was played by Rain Prior the accomplished American jazz singer/actress and daughter of comedian Richard Prior. Louis Emerick, once of Brookside, played Lester `Prez` Young. Using film as narration, a live 5 piece band and a cast of 9 this sometime harrowing. often uplifting and engaging story pulls no punches in its exploration of the ups and downs of Billie`s life,The piece is now available for performance again and new producers are sought.
A Girl Called DustyWritten by Brian Langtry
Building upon Brian and Steve Andrew`s award winning play “ The Middle of Nowhere “ this piece covers the story of the ` white queen of soul ` from her early successes with brother Dion in the Springfields through to her later revival via 1990`s ` electro pop `.In between the highs of becoming the biggest selling female solo artist of the time; the critical acclaim of the Album ` Dusty In Memphis ` and the re-emergent collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys, Dusty plummeted troughs of deep despair, desperate bouts of promiscuity, drink and drug dependency, financial chaos, unresolved psychological traumas, insecurities of sexual identity and a seemingly unending inability to find the kind of loving relationship she so desperately desired.This musical biography enshrines, in addition to 18 songs, a variety of music and settings from the era that would change the world forever.Running Time: 1Hour 50 minutesCast: 9 actor musiciansFilm Sequences
The Middle of NowhereWritten by Steve Andrews and Brian Langtry
This is the story of Dusty Springfield, exhilarating, sad,moving, at times funny and at times exhausting. Dusty left behind her a rich musical heritage which has effortlessly survived the passage of time, fad and fashion. `The Middle of Nowhere` although featuring all of her famous songs is much more than simply an evening of unforgetable music charting her life from the first days of The Lana Sisters through the turbulent seventies, her revival in the eighties to her struggles with failing health in her later years.An uplifting and life affirming story, tinged with saddness and tragedy, of a pop icon and troubled soul.The story is told jointly by Dusty and Ronny, a failed show-biz reporter, who after a single chance meeting with her became captivated and obsessed. His life in so many ways mirroring hers.` The Middle of Nowhere ` won the best musical award on its premiere at the Buxton Fringe Festival.It is now offered to theatres as a self-contained show suitable for all ages.
Hello I`m Johnny CashWritten by Brian Langtry
This musical play of `The Man in Black` was toured by `Legless Productions` in 2006/07. It relates the story and songs from the days of Sun Records through the lean years of the mid 70`s and 80`s to his rebirth through collaborations with hip-hop producer Rick Rubin. Cash was a unique, opinionated,tormented, deeply religious and supremely talented singer/song writer. A strong supporter of minority rights, particularly those concerning Native Americans, the working man and those within the prison population to whom he was ever generous in both practical and financial ways.His relationship with June Carter, singer, entertainer and member of Country music royalty, ` The Carter Family ` saved Cash from his powerful self-destructive nature and provided the springboard for his continued creative life.` Hello I`m Johnny Cash ` is either performed as a small cast show for three actors or as more expansive piece for 8 actors and band.This show is now available for production interest.
ClaraWritten by Steve Andrews and Brian Langtry
Teenager Danny is a playstation afficionado. One evening he is drawn into and through the screen of his computer to enter the virtual world of his heroine Clara and her peaceful people ` The Packs `. The welcoming celebrations turn to anguish as Clara is captured by the ferocious Cybermets and imprisioned by Queen Virelia the ruler of Cyber City. Danny sets off to rescue her accompanied by a reluctant and nervous group of `Packs`. Ultimely the rescue is accomplished and, after several perilous encounters, Clara, Danny and his accomplices return triumphantly.Will Danny stay in his `new` world or return to his `real` world? Did all this happen or was it just a dream?`Clara ` is a fast moving musical with elements of drama, dance, comedy and pantomime. The musical is modern and offers enormous scope for characterisation, vibrant sets and a great night out for audiences from 5 to 95.Clara is a musical play for 6 men and 4 women.The running time is 2 hours.