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An original musical by Mark Burton and Pete Sinclair

whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards nominee:

 BEST NEW MUSICAL

The Show

Abba, Boy George, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Madness, Queen, Rod Stewart… is there a pop star living or dead who hasn’t had a musical written about them? How long before we see Kajagoogoo the Musical…?

The Next Big Thing is a rock 'n' rollercoaster ride through the story of the British chart scene from the moment a youthful Cliff Richard stepped out onstage, till the moment some four decades later when he stepped out again looking exactly the same. In between - Merseybeat, Swinging London, Psychedelia, Glam Rock, Punk, New Romantics, Britpop… like a King Crimson concept album, we could go on and on.

Our story is told through the eyes of wannabe rock star Mike West, the Forrest Gump of the British music scene. Wherever it was at, he was at. Every major musical event, he witnessed it. Every musical style, he played it. Every drug going, he took it. Mike has been there, done that, eaten the Mars bar and helped to put an end to Bill Grundy’s career.

The one thing that Mike has never done is ‘made it’. And that’s the one thing that Mike wants above all else. From the moment he sets out on his musical odyssey, Mike longs to be a rock’n’roll star. He dreams of being like his arch-rival Zak Love, a natural born rock god with more sex-appeal than Mick Jagger, more attitude than Johnny Rotten and more make-up than David Bowie. But how much is Mike willing to sacrifice to be The Next Big Thing?

With original songs in the style of Britain's all-time favourite bands, The Next Big Thing packs a bigger punch than Liam Gallagher at a press conference. Just don’t expect any Kajagoogoo parodies…

WATCH THlS SPACE!

The Next Big Thing has come to the
end of its opening run at London's
New Players Theatre. Thanks to all
those who came along to see it. For
news of future productions, keep an
eye on this site! In the meantime, if
you would like to hear some of the
songs again, order your CD NOW! 
 
To leave your comments about the
show visit our new GUESTBOOK.
 
For other enquiries CONTACT US.

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Available NOW...
Limited edition CD of 10 songs from The Next Big Thing

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Why Do You Do The Things You Do Do?
Hey Mr Businessman
I’m In The Mood For Everything
Set Yourself Free
Boy
The Last Straw
Ska Band
Love Love Love Love
This Broken Man
You Made It Every Day
 
Arranged and performed by Willie Dowling
(Arranger and musical supervisor of The Next Big Thing)

Only 10-00 (plus 1-00 packing and postage per order anywhere in the UK. 2-00 over-seas)

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"It was fantastic.
It made me laugh a lot." -
Ian Hislop
(West End Extra)

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 Words and music by Mark Burton and Pete Sinclair.
Arrangements by Willie Dowling.
 
THE NEXT BIG THING

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