ONE-NIGHT ONLY STAGED WEST-END CONCERT SHOW
By Shenelle Salcido and Spencer Williams
Directed by Nick Evans
ADELPHI THEATRE, 5 September, 8 PM
"To be born Welsh is to be born with music
in your blood and poetry in your soul." - Welsh Proverb
The West-End staged concert show of a brand-new musical titled For Tonight is announced today, taking place at the Adelphi Theatre on the 5 September. Tickets will go on sale from 14 July.
This musical uniquely blends, for the first time on stage, the rich and distinct traditions, language and culture of the Welsh and Romani peoples in a stirring journey exploring the power and meaning of home.
Inspired by true events, with its origins in the writer Spencer Williams’ own third great-grandfather's handwritten journal, For Tonight’s timeless love story, one of difference and divide, is propelled by a riveting, foot stomping, atmospheric score incorporating traditional Welsh choral, indie-pop, folk, and Romani style melodies and rhythms.
The team behind For Tonight come with solid musical theatre and theatre credentials including Tony award-nominated producer Blair Russell, who brought Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris to Broadway, Sweeney Todd, the critically-acclaimed immersive show to off-Broadway and Lizard Boy from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and the Edinburgh Fringe to Off-Broadway. Welsh Director Nick Evans whose musical theatre credits include Mary Poppins, Bat Out of Hell, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages and Jesus Christ Superstar joins forces with Welsh musical director lestyn Griffiths (Bat Out of Hell - World Tour), West End choreographer Kevan Allen (Jesus Christ Superstar - World Tour) and writers Shenelle Salcido and Spencer Williams. Award-winning poet and playwright Raine Geoghegan provides cultural script consultancy.
Set in 1832, the story begins at the Parry farm in Trelawnyd, a small town in North Wales where a Romani family find shelter and friendship, but soon after their arrival, an unknown disease brings tragedy. Blame falls on the Romani travellers who are forced to flee and the three Parry children, Tomos, Haydn and Nettie, have to grow up fast after losing their parents.
Tomos, Haydn and Nettie’s lives twist and turn along different paths but fate reunites them with the traveller community from long ago. The Parry siblings encounter love, joy and friendship, as well as pain, prejudice and struggle before finally being forced to face their past, and their biggest fears.
This one-night only staged concert will be the first opportunity for UK audiences to see the full show following the release of the concept album in 2021 which has had over 100k streams to date, and a UK development workshop in 2022. Prior to this, For Tonight has been in development at New York Musical Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Barn, Queensbury Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Michigan State University and Isle of Man’s Gaiety Theatre.
Co-writer Spencer Williams says: “This musical is rooted in my Welsh family history, but like the Romani peoples has journeyed far and wide in the course of its development. I can’t wait for UK audiences to experience this timeless
Cast, choir and full creative team to be announced shortly
For Tonight’s 2021 concept album has already hit 100k streams and is available to download on all major platforms HERE
Book, Music & Lyrics Shenelle Salcido & Spencer Williams
Director Nick Evans
Musical Director Iestyn Griffiths
Choreographer Kevan Allen
Producer Blair Russell
Orchestrator Jen Green
Set Designer Stewart J Charlesworth
Orchestral Management Dave Danford for Absolute Music Services Ltd
Casting Director Harry Blumenau Casting CDG
Cultural Script consultancy Raine Geoghegan
General Management HD General Management
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