Sherman says: What makes a family musical?

BUMBLESCRATCH‘s Robert J Sherman has launched a series of blogs on his personal website on various aspects of the show’s creation. We’re excerpting selected blogs here. Please visit robbiesherman.com to read more from this series in full. My father would always refer to the musicals that he wrote as “family musicals” and not “children’s musicals”. Of course the two aren’t …

Putting it together: Bumblescratch  rehearsal diary (& birthday celebrations), part 2

As the first week of BUMBLESCRATCH‘s rehearsals wrap, Robert J Sherman’s production assistant Thomas Josling updates his behind-the-scenes account of putting the show together. You can read part 1 here. Check back for more rehearsal diary updates in the lead-up to opening night on Sunday 4 September… Wednesday 24 August 2016 It really is sweltering now, but we’re working twice as hard. We …

Putting it together: Bumblescratch  rehearsal diary, part 1

Rehearsals officially began with the full company of BUMBLESCRATCH yesterday (Monday 22 August 2016), but they followed two days of ensemble music calls at the end of last week. Here, Robert J Sherman’s production assistant Thomas Josling gives us a glimpse on the work that’s been taking place to put the show together. Check back for more rehearsal diary updates …

Sherman says: The challenges of writing a sung-through musical

BUMBLESCRATCH‘s Robert J Sherman has launched a series of blogs on his personal website on various aspects of the show’s creation. We’re excerpting selected blogs here. Please visit robbiesherman.com to read more from this series in full. BUMBLESCRATCH is a sung-through musical. Since I was small I knew that I wanted to follow in my father’s, uncle’s and grandfather’s footsteps …

Sherman says: Notes on the show’s four leads

BUMBLESCRATCH‘s Robert J Sherman has launched a series of blogs on his personal website on various aspects of the show’s creation. We’re excerpting selected blogs here. Please visit robbiesherman.com to read more from this series in full. The four main roles in BUMBLESCRATCH are played by Darren Day, Jessica Martin, Michael Xavier and Ilan Galkoff. Here, Sherman tells us a …

What do rats wear onstage? Sneak-peek at Bumblescratch  costumes

Designer Gabriella Slade previously worked with Robert J Sherman and Stewart Nicholls on Love Birds, a hit at the Edinburgh Festival, when she received critical acclaim for bringing that musical’s array of vaudevillian parrots and penguins to colourful, fine-feathered life. For BUMBLESCRATCH, she goes grubbier to conjure the plague rats of 17th-century London. Scroll through the galleries below for a sneak-peek at …

Sherman says: ‘Rats terrify and disgust me’

BUMBLESCRATCH‘s Robert J Sherman has launched a series of blogs on his personal website on various aspects of the show’s creation. We’ll be excerpting selected blogs here. Please visit robbiesherman.com to read more from this series in full. ‘Frankly, I can’t stand rats, or mice: they terrify and disgust me. So why write a musical about rats? Shakespeare’s Globe is to blame. …

Ilan Galkoff follows in Sebastian Croft’s footsteps as Perry in Bumblescratch 

As we announce the full cast joining Darren Day, Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin for BUMBLESCRATCH‘s special gala charity concert at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 4 September 2016, we’re particularly excited to reveal that twelve-year-old Ilan Galkoff has been cast as the lead child role of Perry – a part he’s already familiar with… This is the role which was created in the 2013 …