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2nd August 2021.
After a successful UK streaming event, Drew Gasparini’s hit album, ‘I Could Use A Drink’ is now headed to the West End for one night only - with added songs and an increase in the cast to 9 musical theatre stars!
Originally released in 2013, Gasparini’s album is an eclectic mix of progressive contemporary Musical Theatre (both poignant and hilarious) with themes ranging from teen pregnancy and heartbreak to mass shootings due to bullying.
Now for its West End premiere, producers Liam Gartland and Alex Conder reimagine its cutting edge musical theatre songs with some of the West End’s stars of present and the future including AHMED HAMAD (‘Rent’), BILLY NEVERS (‘& Juliet’/’Jesus Christ Superstar’), CAROLINE KAY (‘Daisy’/‘The Space Between’), LUKE BAYER (‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’/’Soho Cinders’), MAIYA QUANSAH-BREED (‘SIX’, ‘Rent’), OLIVIA LALLO (GSA 2020 graduate) and TOM FRANCIS (‘Rent’), with more cast to be announced.
Musical Direction: Flynn Sturgeon.
Director: Alex Conder.
Produced by Alex Conder and Liam Gartland for Gartland Productions.
Drew Gasparini is an award-winning musical theatre composer/lyricist, a singer/songwriter, and a teacher. He is equally committed to forging a new sound in the intersection between theatre and pop, to nurturing the next generation of artists, and to throwing one hell of a party.
Drew is currently developing a number of new stage musicals including the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of ‘The Karate Kid’ (book by screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen), ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ (book by Alex Brightman); ‘Night Shift’ (book by screenwriters Babaloo Mandel & Lowell Ganz); and ‘The Whipping Boy’ (book and co-lyrics by Brightman). Other writing projects include the infamous, award-winning Super Bowl publicity stunt, Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, starring Michael C. Hall (book by Will Eno, lyrics with Nathaniel Lawler, directed by Sarah Benson); ‘We Aren’t Kids Anymore’ (a song cycle); ‘Everything in its Place: The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers’, a one-man-show starring Marc Summers, and ‘Make Me Bad’ (both with scripts by Alex Brightman); ‘Crazy, Just Like Me’ (2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival “Best of Fest”); Turn of the Screw and #UntitledPopMusical (both with Michael Kimmel); and songs for Hit List on the NBC television series ‘SMASH’, the children’s cooking programme ‘Monica’s Mixing Bowl’, and ‘Hot Mess in Manhattan’ (“The Text Message Song”).
Drew’s unique brand of musical theatre concerts have been performed to sold-out houses around the world at venues such as Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in D.C., and the St. James Theatre in London. Much of Drew’s comedic writing and performing is done with a collective of lovable wackos/Broadway besties, Alex Brightman (‘School of Rock’, ‘Beetlejuice’), F. Michael Haynie (‘Frozen’, ‘Wicked’), and Andrew Kober (‘Beautiful’, ‘Hair’, ‘Les Miserables’). They are lovingly referred to as The (M)orons.
Drew also writes, records, and performs as a solo artist as well as in his folk-pop band (along with his two sisters Kasie and Chloe) called Saint Adeline.
Available from the streamed production here.
Based on paying FULL PRICE (no discount!) for tickets, site writers and contributing guests have ALSO created the colour-coded plans for "value for money," considering factors like views, comfort and value-for-money compared with other same-priced seats available.
Some notes for this extra event appear below. For a full discussion, opinions, reviews, notes, tips, hints and advice on all the seats in this theatre, visit the theatre page (link at the top of this page) and click on "BEST SEAT ADVICE" (on the left of your screen).
On the plans below:
Seats in GREEN many feel may offer either noticeable value, or something to compensate for a problem; for example, being a well-priced restricted view ticket. Any seats coloured LIGHT GREEN are sold at "premium" prices because the show producer thinks they are the best. The monkey says "you are only getting what you pay for" but uses this colour to highlight the ones it feels best at the price, and help everybody else find equally good seats nearby at lower prices.
Seats in WHITE, many feel, provided about what they pay for. Generally unremarkable.
Seats in RED are coloured to draw attention. Not necessarily to be avoided - maybe nothing specific is wrong with them, other than opinions that there are better seats at the same price. Other times there may be something to consider before buying – perhaps overpricing, obstructed views, less comfort etc.
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.
To enable "social distancing," available locations may vary.
Extra notes are that the stage is fairly low, so in the stalls the front row isn't a bad bet. Second and third are OK too (if nobody too tall are in front). Go around or behind the premium seats, perhaps. The row in front if you have children, rather than further away. Further back, skip N back at top price, and take R over Q to save a few pounds. Row W at third price is worth taking over U, but take even cheaper row X as it is on a step to help seeing over those in front. Note that restricted view stalls are not discounted from row N back, so skip them at full price unless wanting an aisle seat.
The dress circle has premium seats in the centre of the front two rows, so take seats either side or behind for the same view.
The upper circle puts all seats except the ends at second price. Everybody should skip the front row, as should taller adults other seats - the stalls row R will be more comfortable for the same cash. Furthest out, the restricted view seats are well priced once the same price tickets in the back rows of the stalls have gone.
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.
Runs 2 hours approximately, with one interval.
Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.
To enable "social distancing," locations may vary.