a Scottish based playwright who has written a Scottish musical comedy called MARRYING MEG. It’s a show that has
been a finalist three times in national musicals competitions here in the UK – twice in the prestigious Vivian Ellis Prize and, two years ago, in the
Cameron Mackintosh sponsored Highland Quest for a New Musical.
the enormously valuable experience of the Highland Quest, I continued to develop
the show and submitted it earlier this year to the New York Musicals Festival. To my delight it has been selected as
one of this year’s festival shows. MARRYING MEG will now be performed in its entirety for the very first time
in a midtown Manhattan theatre this October. It’s
a fantastic opportunity and, I firmly believe, an honour for both me and for Scotland.
NYMF is the world’s biggest festival devoted to musical theatre, and MARRYING MEG is the only UK production to
take part this year, and the first Scottish musical ever to be chosen.
can find out more about NYMF on their website at www.nymf.org . You can also visit the MARRYING MEG show page at www.nymf.org/marryingmeg . There you can read more about my show and the team we have put together to mount it.
show itself is firmly rooted in Scottish culture. It is a musical adaptation of a play called The Lass wi the Muckle Mou by the wonderful Scottish playwright Alexander Reid. His play is, in turn,
an adaptation of two well-known folk tales from the Scottish Borders – the story of Borders’ minstrel Thomas the
Rhymer, and the story of “muckle mou’d” Meg Murray and heroic young Willie Scott, and how their somewhat
irregular romance and marriage put an end to the long-standing feud between the Murray clan and the Scott clan.
have already attracted a great team of Broadway professionals to stage this show. To name but one: our choreographer,
Christopher Gattelli, was a Tony-nominee last year for South Pacific on Broadway.
What’s more, with the closing of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 The Musical on Broadway, we have also succeeded in stealing
some of her terrific cast. All of these people are working for the most nominal of fees, and I feel incredibly fortunate
to have them aboard.
was also thrilled to learn recently that Cameron Mackintosh has agreed to continue supporting MARRYING MEG through a donation
from the Mackintosh Foundation. We are the only show Mr Mackintosh is doing this for.
however, we still have something of a funding gap to cover and, with rehearsals fast approaching, time is growing short.
We need to raise some money pronto!
you thought this show might be something your society was able to support in any small way, I’d be thrilled to hear
from you. I realise, of course, that society funds will probably not be directly available for something like this (though
feel free to tell me I’m wrong!), but if it were at all possible for you to forward this email to society members, or
disseminate information about our appeal to them in some other way, it might be a very big help indeed.
any society members then felt inclined to make a small donation to our show – even 5 or 10 dollars might make a big
difference if we get enough support – they could do so by going to the NYMF website ( www.nymf.org ). NYMF is a non-profit organization, so the donation would be tax-deductible.
direct “Donation” link is as follows:
can be made directly to MARRYING MEG by choosing it from the drop down menu next to “Donate to a specific production?”
there is anything else you’d like to know about me, the show or NYMF, please do not hesitate to contact me. I
can send you as much information about the show as you require, up to and including a full script and CD of the principal
musical numbers, as well as our budget breakdown.
can be contacted at both these emails:
if you would like to speak to me directly, you can phone me on +44 1250 870 627
you can help.