ABOUT THE SHOW
On Sunday June 14, 2020 at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, there will be two stellar concerts of The Best of Rock Musicals for the benefit of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. It will be the 21st Anniversary production from the same team who have presented The Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall and elsewhere.
Set Design: Richard Hornsby
Lighting Design: Richard Thomas
Sound Design: Phil Wright
Choreographer: Kevan Allen
Musical Directors: Dr Stuart Morley and Kevin Amos
Devised and Directed by Hugh Wooldridge
In 2020, The Best of Rock Musicals will again feature New York’s Adam Pascal (Rent); Europe’s Kristina Love (Tina), Elvie Ellis (The Little Shop of Horrors), Sabrina Weckerlin (Wicked), Christian Lund (The Phantom of the Opera) and David Michael Johnson (Jesus Christ Superstar); and London’s Kerry Ellis (Wicked), Ricardo Afonso (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Debbie Kurup (The Prince of Egypt) together with a host of young Broadway and West End talent, the West End Chorus, the City of London Philharmonic AllStars. More artistes are to be announced.
Amongst many others, The Best of Rock Musicals (2020) will include songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Evita, Frozen, Chess, Aida, RENT, Tommy, We Will Rock You, The Rocky Horror Show, The Little Shop of Horrors, Wicked and many more.
The aim of the Starlight Children’s Foundation is to preserve childhood for seriously ill children and their families by providing an escape from the reality and routine of treatment. We all hope that childhood can be full of freedom, adventure, time to explore and time to just be, but imagine if all of this were permanently taken away? And imagine if, as a young child, you were isolated from family and friends, you had lost your freedom, and were faced with the fear of illness and distressing medical procedures every day. With the support of The Best of Rock Musicals, Starlight can offer a unique approach to play and distraction services, in and out of hospital, throughout the UK. These include tool-kits for health professionals to distract children through difficult procedures; story-telling and pantomimes that help children socialise in hospital; special days out called Escapes where the whole family can have an incredible day out together; and granting wishes that help families to make memories that really matter. It’s an exciting time for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, full of opportunity to do even more for children with your support.
Musical directors Stuart Morley (We Will Rock You, Big and Only Fools and Horses) and Kevin Amos (Jesus Christ Superstar) will specially re-orchestrate all the titles for a smoking rock band and The Best of Rock Musicals (2020) will again be devised and directed by Hugh Wooldridge who says “This event is a must for all who love rock musicals and musical theatre. With the very best artistes in the world coming together to celebrate the very best in rock musicals from the last 50 years. Come along again for our 21st birthday and join in the fun, and support this most splendid charity for children, whilst raising the roof of the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.”