Half a Sixpence
Half a Sixpence
A Musical based on the novel KIPPS by H G Wells
Book by Julian Fellowes
Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
Co-Author of Original Musical and Original Music and Lyrics David Heneker MBE
Co-Author of Original Musical Beverley Cross
Co-Creator Cameron Mackintosh
18th-21st July 2018 7:30pm
Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Tickets £16 Adults, £11 Concessions
Manchester Musical Youth are unbelievably excited to return to Z-arts with an exclusive amateur premiere of the Flash, Bang, Wallop New Musical ‘Half a Sixpence’. Fresh after it’s recent success in the West End this exciting new rewrite of the popular classic includes some fabulous new songs such as ‘Pick out a Simple Tune’, as well as the well known anthems such as ‘Flash, Bang, Wallop’ and ‘Half a Sixpence’.
Arthur Kipps, an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century, unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society. His childhood companion, Ann Pornick, watches with dismay as Arthur is made over in a new image by the beautiful and classy Helen Walsingham. Both young women undoubtedly love Arthur – but which of them should he listen to? With the help of his friends, Arthur learns that if you want to have the chance of living the right life, you need to make the right choices.
21st -23rd March 2017, Z-Arts, Hulme, M15 5ZA
Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Arrangements – Steve Skinner
Original Concept/Additional Lyrics – Billy Aronson
Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements – Tim Weil
Dramaturg – Lynn Thomson
RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and New York Theatre Workshop.
Rent was MMY’s Adult group, ‘Graduates’, premiere production, and in true MMY style it was a smash success!
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer
Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive
and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mark,
Mimi, Tom, Maureen, Joanne, Benny and Angel. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this
13 The Musical
13 The Musical
Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn
Manchester Musical Youth returned to Z-arts with the hilarious Jason Robert Brown (Composer of Parade) musical “13”. Evan Goldman is about to turn thirteen, and he can’t wait. His life seems full of possibilities — that is, until his parents get divorced, and he is forced to move with his mom from big-city New York to Appleton, Indiana. If Evan can’t get the coolest kids to come to his bar mitzvah, how is he going to survive the school year, not to mention, the rest of his life? As Evan navigates the world of cool kids and nerds, jocks and cheerleaders, first kisses and heartbreak, he comes to understand “What it means to be a friend.”
Little Mermaid Jr
Z-arts, Manchester, M15 5ZA
Saturday October 14th 2017
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk
Manchester Musical Youth ‘Apprentices’ presented their first full production with a journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. Adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture, featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.
Visit our gallery to see highlights from the show.
The Pirate Queen
Pirate Queen – July 2017 Z-arts, Hulme
WINNER OF NODA NW DISTRICT 1 AWARD FOR BEST YOUTH PRODUCTION 2017
Manchester Musical Youth proudly presented BOUBLIL & SCHÖNBERG’S THE PIRATE QUEEN
From the writers of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, “The Pirate Queen” is an epic musical adventure celebrating the legendary Irish Chieftain Grace O’Malley. Based on her real-life story, Grace is a compelling, inspiring heroine who led an extraordinary life as a pirate, lover and mother in 16th-century Ireland. To protect her people and save her one true love, O’Malley must confront the one woman more powerful than her — her fierce rival, Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Combining classic storytelling and a sweeping score, with the powerful, vibrant traditions of Irish dance and swashbuckling sword fighting, “The Pirate Queen” is a modern musical event that is both an historic romance and a timeless epic.
Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and Richard Maltby Jr. Based upon the book `Grania – She King of the Irish Seas’ by Morgan Llywelyn Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr. and John Dempsey Orchestrations by Julian Kelly.
We were fortunate enough to spend the evening with Claude- Michel Schönberg himself for a masterclass in preparation for this production, a truly memorable evening with a legend of musical theatre. To see highlights of The Pirate Queen visit our gallery.
Legally Blonde The Musical
Following our sell out run of Les Misérables School Edition, we returned to Z-arts in February to present a fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde.
The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!
The production received 5 star reviews, building on the already incredible successes of last seasons Les Miserables and Little Shop of Horrors
Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Les Misérables School Edition
Les Misérables School Edition
20th-23rd July 2016 7:15pm (2pm Matinee)
Our most successful production to date, Les Misérables, stunned sold out audiences over 5 shows including a Saturday matinee.
This incredible musical celebrated 30 glorious years this year and we are very proud of how our wonderful cast performed this legendary score featuring well-loved songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own’, ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ and ‘One Day More’.
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors
24th – 27th February 2016 7.30pm
Manchester Musical Youth (MMY) returned to Z-arts for their third production. In Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s musical we meet Seymour, a down-and out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood! This uproarious musical is brought to life by a cast of over 50 of Greater Manchester’s most talented young performers.
The show was a huge success with sell out performances through the weekend. Check back soon as we update our gallery with images from the show.
July 22nd – 25th 2015, 7:30pm at Z-Arts, Hulme, Manchester.
Summer 2015 saw Manchester Musical Youth’s second production, Hot Mikado.
This hilarious 1940’s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite was a big hit and showcased the diverse talent and flexibility within our cast.
Take a look at the Gallery for shots from the show.
12th – 14th March 2015, 7:15 (Matinee 2:15) at Z-Arts, Hulme, Manchester
Manchester Musical Youth’s premier production, Jekyll and Hyde, proved a huge success with sell out audiences in March. We were hugely proud of the entire cast and team on a dark and energetic performance that attracted high praise from a strong following. We thank you for your support.
Images from the show can be found in our Gallery
Manchester Musical Youth Launch Concert – 15th November 2014
An evening of Musical Theatre favourites to celebrate the rise of the phoenix!
A packed audience were treated to a selection of popular solo and ensemble numbers from across the decades of Musical Theatre, as we officially launched the group and brand new uniform. Check out our Gallery and YouTube channel to see what you missed.”