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Zutons set to star in new musical Shoebox at The Bluecoat

by Lisa Southern. Published Fri 10 May 2013 13:40, last updated: 10/05/13
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Liverpool musicians David South (Cardello) and Boyan Chowdhury (The Zutons, The Venus Fury) have joined forces with Liverpool scriptwriter Michelle Langan (whose tv credits include Coronation Street and Hollyoaks) to produce a new piece of musical theatre set in 1950's Liverpool.

A preview of songs from the show will be performed at The Bluecoat Liverpool, on Thursday 6th June. Boyan and David will perform, along with accompaniment from special guests, The Liverpool String Quartet.

Shoebox follows the story of Julia, a young woman whose life is turned upside down after a chance meeting with charming rogue, Gino. When Julia gives birth to Gino's son, Danny, she struggles to keep him from straying down the same path as his father.

But, as Danny grows older and his ambition for a better life grips him, Julia finds it impossible to shield him from his inevitable fate. It's a gripping tale of love, friendship and how life catches up with those who try to run away from it.

Liverpool songwriter David South first had the initial idea for 'Shoebox' during the final days of his band Cardello. He was introduced to Michelle Langan, who brought her experience as a writer to write the script.

Seeking musical collaboration David turned to a long- term friend Boyan Chowdhury. David says 'Working with Boyan seemed like a natural partnership, and we were both on the same page when it came to writing the songs for the play.'

Boyan Chowdhury says "The performance at The Bluecoat will give an insight into Shoebox without giving too much of the story away. It's a coming of age story with a really nice body of songs to go with it, including some toe-tappers and a couple of slow ones to balance the story. The audience will be gripped as they wonder what will happen to the family."

Michelle Langan says, "As the musical is set in Liverpool, we felt strongly that the preview should take place in our home town. I've loved working on 'Shoebox' and I'm hoping that the Liverpool audience will love the songs as much as we do."

Shoebox The Preview takes place at The Bluecoat, School Lane on 6th June at 7.30pm. Tickets £6


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