Birds of Paradise
Tuesday 09 May 2017 - Saturday 20 May 2017
“MKEC Productions, laid out their credentials in 2015 when they scored a sell-out success with The Baker’s Wife at the venue. A year later they’re back and they’re on a roll…Lucky Stiff is dead funny from start to finish.” Stage Reviews on Lucky Stiff
When a group of eccentric amateur actors attempt to stage an absurd new musical version of Chekhov's The Seagull, they each end up learning more than just their lines. As rehearsals go on, art starts to imitate life as they all learn valuable lessons in love and acceptance.
A joyful and witty comedy told through heartfelt songs and uplifting music, this UK premiere of Birds of Paradise will charm and delight fans of contemporary musical theatre. An early work of Winnie Holzman (writer of the book of Wicked), it showcases the comedic talents of one of the genre's most influential authors.
Following the successes of their previous five-star shows at The Drayton Arms with The Baker's Wife and Lucky Stiff, MKEC Productions continue their mission to bring high-quality stagings of lesser-known musicals to the London fringe.
"The score is filled with the kind of yearning diffused with joy that Holzman would bring to later projects like Wicked and My So-Called Life." Playbill
General Admission £ 16
/ Concessions £ 12
/ Early Birds (First Two Weeks) £ 10
Early Birds Expire 2016-04-25
About the Company:
MKEC Productions was set up in 2014 by Marc Kelly and Elizabeth Chadwick with the aim of producing high quality and accessible London fringe theatre. Marc and Elizabeth met during their time at University where they both studied Musical Theatre. Marc and Elizabeth have performed in the UK and around the world since graduating and have now come together to form MKEC Productions. They strive to produce engaging theatre that appeals to a wide variety of the public. Their first production was Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at The White Bear Theatre, Kennington. This show was a sell out success and was revived due to popular demand. They followed this with two 5* shows, The Baker's Wife and Lucky Stiff. These critically acclaimed shows both ran at The Drayton Arms Theatre, Kensington. In 2017, MKEC Productions will be producing the UK premiere of the musical, Birds of Paradise and When Midnight Strikes by British composer Charles Miller.
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Winnie Holzman and David Evans
Winnie Holzman is an American dramatist, screenwriter and poet. She is known for having created the ABC television series My So-Called Life, which led to a nomination for a scriptwriting Emmy Award in 1995, as well as her work writing for thirtysomething and Once and Again. Holzman has garnered fame for her work on Broadway, most notably for writing the book for the smash stage musical Wicked.
David Evans received a Drama Desk Nomination for his score for Birds of Paradise (directed by Arthur Laurents), which ran Off-Broadway in 1987 and has since had many regional productions. His Drama Desk nominated musical, Children's Letters to God, recently completed an Off-Broadway run and has had subsequent productions around the world. Recently, he presented a star-studded concert of his music at Lincoln Center, featuring Barbara Walsh, J.K. Simmons, Marybeth Peil, Jose Llana and others. He has written songs for many Off-Broadway revues, including A…My Name is Alice, and for television shows, including "Sesame Street" and "Square One TV".
A prominent musical director and conductor, David is currently Associate Conductor of Wicked on Broadway
Director : Marc Kelly
Marc is originally from Tamworth in the Midlands. He trained at Cumbria Institute of the Arts where he gained a First Class Degree in Drama and Musical Theatre, he followed that by training at Guildford School of Acting were he graduated with an MA in Musical Theatre. His career has taken him all over the world, having now visited all seven continents. He has been a lead vocalist for P & O Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. In the UK, Marc has played the roles of; Naryshkin in A Winter’s Tale at the Sage Gateshead, JK Stephen in Jack - The musical, Mr perks in The Railway Children for Blunderbus Theatre Company, John in Tomorrow Morning, Lead Vocalist in Broadway and Beyond, and not forgetting Ugly Sister, Thistle and Dame Gertie at The Radlett Centre. Marc is co-founder and director of the theatre company, MKEC Productions, who produce musical theatre on the London Fringe, most recently the 5* show, Lucky Stiff and Here's To The Ladies Who Belt, at The Drayton Arms, Kensington. Other directing credits include Grit (Pleasance, Islington) and There's Something We Don't Need To Talk About (Arts Theatre). This year, Marc opened Razzamataz Theatre Schools in Hackney, a dynamic children's theatre school providing lessons in all disciplines of the performing arts.
Producers for MKEC Productions - Marc Kelly and Elizabeth Chadwick
Technical Director - Andy Hill