Led by artist and musician Dave Stewart, Ghost The Musical and the charity Stand Up To Cancer today announce a new collaboration. Stewart, whose latest project Ghost The Musical will have its world premiere in the UK this Spring, is a long standing ambassador for the international grassroots charitable movement Stand Up To Cancer. The new single will be the first-ever theatrical single to benefit cancer research.
Ghost The Musical will be working with Stand Up To Cancer on a number of initiatives to raise awareness and funding for the charity. These include the release of a new single on 22nd June 2011 from the show entitled With You, sung by Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy, who play the iconic roles of Sam and Molly, the proceeds of which will go to the charity. The EP will be downloadable from http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder/with-you-ep/id430303920
A star studded Gala performance in aid of the charity is planned for the Autumn at the Piccadilly Theatre and there will be a number of other events and fund raising activities in the coming months.
Dave Stewart said: “What better mediums than music and the theatre to convey a message, as music lovers and theatre goers contribute to cancer research and offer hope for the millions of people surviving with cancer. We can beat this disease but it takes every one of us to get involved. One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetimes. We have all loved someone who has been touched by cancer. And by supporting Stand Up To Cancer in this way we can help change those odds.”
Colin Ingram, Producer of Ghost The Musical, said: “This is the start of a long relationship between Ghost the Musical and Stand Up To Cancer, which aims to raise awareness and funds for the charity. Many of the songs from our show speak about the loss of a loved one and with our composer Dave Stewart as a major creative force on the charity’s team and the leading man of the original film, Patrick Swayze, losing his life to cancer, the partnership between the show and the charity seemed a natural fit".
Ghost The Musical
Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy will lead the cast in Ghost The Musical playing Sam and Molly in Matthew Warchus’ stage musical version of the Academy Award® winning film. Accompanied by Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl, Ghost The Musical has new music and lyrics by Grammy® award winning Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard as well as featuring the iconic song Unchained Melody. Oscar® winning Bruce Joel Rubin has adapted his original screen play for the stage. Set and costume designs are by Rob Howell, choreography is by Ashley Wallen with musical supervision and arrangements by Christopher Nightingale, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and projection design by Jon Driscoll.
Ghost The Musical begins its West End run at the Piccadilly Theatre on 22 June 2011, with booking open for performances until 28 January 2012. Ghost The Musical will receive its premiere at the Opera House, Manchester running from 28 March – 14 May 2011 for a strictly limited 7 week season.
A timeless story about the power of love, Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with his girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Ghost, based on the Oscar® winning Paramount pictures film, will feature new music and lyrics as well as the classic Unchained Melody.
Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up To Cancer is a grassroots movement created to accelerate groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C's goal is to bring together the best and the brightest in the cancer community, encouraging collaboration instead of competition. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort. SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that is the collective philanthropic organization for the television and film businesses in the United States.
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[posted by Honza, 06/04/2011]