London College of Music, final year Musical Theatre students, attempt their biggest feat yet; staging a brand new musical in the heart of the West-End. 'Bel-Ami, by Alex Loveless, opens this evening at the Charing Cross Theatre. I can already sense the growing nerves as the Dress-run ends and the performers begin to prepare for their world premiere.
Back in 1972 Stephen Schwartz, the man behind every teenage girl's musical delight Wicked, teamed up with Bob Fosse to create Pippin, a show that ran for just under 2000 performances. Cabaret, Grease and A Chorus Line were around at the same time and have recently had hugely successful revivals, but till now Pippin has been pretty much lost.