15th June 2020
AN UPDATE FROM PAUL DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
The theatre industry around the world has been brought to a complete standstill over the past few months as individual countries have worked to contain the spread of coronavirus. The repercussions of this paralysis are felt particularly keenly here in the UK and Ireland where the industry was already suffering from a systematic lack of investment from various governments. As of today, 15th June 2020, there is still no clear indication of when or how the theatre business in the UK can return to operating in any recognisable form.
Earlier this year I announced two exciting new productions which were, at that time, scheduled to premiere in 2020. I am pleased to confirm that the touring production of Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall produced by Creation Theatre has been rescheduled and we now hope that we can present that show across the UK in late 2021 (details will be announced in due course).
My 25th original musical Pinocchio The Musical, when announced, was to open at the end of this year at the Lyric Theatre Belfast. The show, a new commission written specially for the theatre, is a follow up to my recent productions there, Alice The Musical (2018) and Peter Pan The Musical (2019). We hope to have some news to share about Pinocchio The Musical later this summer, so visit this page again for that, or you can follow pbm on twitter @paulboydmusic and on Facebook.
In the meantime, there is lots of free original musical theatre material to enjoy here on the pbm web site. The MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS page features 20 short videos of songs from my shows filmed live on stage in various productions across the UK and Ireland. The songs are performed brilliantly by a myriad of talented musical theatre performers and this Musical Highlights collection is something I am very proud to share.
If you’d prefer to watch a full film recording of one of my shows, there is now a selection on the SCREEN ARCHIVES page. Some of the films are available to the general public to watch free of charge (check out Molly Wobbly filmed live in concert in the West End in 2014, or the water spectaculars The Little Mermaid and Sinbad ) others such as Peter Pan The Musical, Alice The Musical, Tinseltown, and Spike Milligan’s Puckoon are accessible only to industry colleagues who worked on the shows - so if you’d like a password to watch one of those films, contact me at email@example.com
Check back soon when, hopefully, I will have some concrete announcements to make about upcoming work and new productions, and in the meantime enjoy the songs and performances here on the web site. Please keep safe and well.
25th September 2020
PAUL'S NEW PINOCCHIO MUSICAL POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
The Lyric Theatre Belfast, Northern Ireland's national producing theatre, has announced that due to the ongoing affects of the global pandemic it will not be producing any work on its stages for the remainder of the year.
In a statement the theatre's Executive Producer Jimmy Fay said:
"At every stage of this pandemic, we have been working towards reopening the theatre in a safe and COVID compliant way for our wonderful audiences and brilliant artists. But each carefully thought-out plan has collapsed like dominos in the howl of the ill-wind of this pandemic. The Lyric has reluctantly come to the conclusion that this year, for the first time in our history, we will not be presenting our hugely popular and unique Christmas offerings. Therefore, we will not produce any work on our stages until 2021".
Amongst the shows due to be staged at the Lyric in 2020 was Paul's new musical version of Carlo Collodi's "Pinocchio", which has the working title Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age. The adaptation was commissioned by the Lyric at the end of 2019 as a follow up to the theatre's acclaimed productions of Alice The Musical (2018) and Peter Pan The Musical (2019). Pinocchio will now be staged at the end of 2021.
Paul has given a response to the announcement:
"We really tried; I can absolutely confirm that this wasn’t a decision taken lightly. From early April up until just a few weeks ago the Lyric Theatre and I were engaged in an ongoing conversation about how we might be able to safely and innovatively stage a show for our amazing audiences this year. We came up with many exciting and creative solutions, many seemed possible for a time until new circumstances, rules, and conditions were imposed upon the sector, at which point we had to put our heads together and come up with yet another exciting and creative solution. We did this time and time again, as Jimmy said in his statement: 'each carefully thought-out plan has collapsed like dominos'. But know that we really tried.
Ultimately creativity and innovation didn't matter - everything came down to one simple, practical, boring reality: the Northern Ireland government has yet to give any indication of when venues such as the Lyric might re-open to the public. So whilst the theatre's announcement is heartbreaking, given the circumstances it was tragically inevitable. Next year, with the building open, the staff back at their desks, actors, writers, directors and creatives wandering the corridors, and hit shows back on its stages, the Lyric Theatre will be better than ever for having weathered this storm so gracefully.
In 2021 Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age will be the production we had always intended it to be, back when we were allowed to dream."
6th August 2020
ALICE THE MUSICAL & PETER PAN SCRIPTS NOW AVAILABLE
The librettos (scripts and lyrics) of Alice The Musical and Peter Pan The Musical have been published for the first time and are now available to buy in beautifully designed editions which also include production photos and original cast and production team credits.
The softback versions of the books cost just £7.99 in the UK (+p&p) and the luxurious hardback versions, which feature an imagewrap cover, cost £14.99 (+p&p). The books are also on sale worldwide with equivalent prices in local currencies.
The Alice The Musical libretto features production photos by Melissa Gordon at Gorgeous Photography, and the Peter Pan The Musical libretto features production photos by Johnny Frazer. 50% of all sales from the Peter Pan The Musical libretto will benefit Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Charity.
You can preview the books free online and order directly from the MERCHANDISE page.
8th November 2020
SANTA's CHRISTMAS TREE-MAIL - NOW TAKING BOOKINGS
During the month of November Santa is normally busy visiting towns and cities, meeting children and families, and switching on Christmas lights in front of huge crowds.
This year his schedule isn't quite so full and he isn't travelling as far and wide - but Santa still wants to say hello to as many children as he can in the run up to Christmas; pbm is making that possible with the all-new Santa's Christmas Tree-mail service!
Priced at just £10 for a video for one child (or £15 for a video for two or more children) Santa's personalised video message comes direct from his home to yours.
Launching the new service Paul Boyd said, "I normally have a couple of shows in rehearsals at this time of year, so to try and generate some income for a small team of creatives over Christmas 2020 I’ve put together this new project - 'Santa's Christmas Tree-mail' - creating personalised video messages from Santa Claus himself with appearances by Santa's chief elf and also Mrs. Claus, all set to some of my original Christmas music.
We're using as much theatrical talent as we can muster to create something truly magical - fortunately, I know the real Santa Claus very well and he was keen to be involved. Do please share the service on social media and with your friends and family - we really appreciate the support and the opportunity to use our theatre experience to spread some festive magic from isolation. Why not order a video for the little elves in your life?"
Bookings are now open and you can order your Santa's Christmas Tree-mail message online now - click here. Early booking is advised as Santa and the pbm team are expecting to be very busy (this year in particular)!
26th December 2020
ALL WILL BE WELL - THE NEW SINGLE FROM PINOCCHIO IS NOW ON SALE
The first song from Paul Boyd's new stage musical Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age has been released ahead of the show's newly-rescheduled opening in November 2021.
The song, All Will Be Well, is written for the character of Pinocchio, and is performed by Christopher Finn. It was recorded during lockdown earlier this year.
Paul Boyd said, "Due to the uncertainty of 2020, and the postponement of the opening of the new musical of 'Pinocchio', I didn't get to share any of the music I had written this year for the new show, my twenty-fifth original stage musical.
There were plans to release a selection of the songs as a concept album, performed by the cast that had been lined up to premiere the show at the Lyric Theatre Belfast from November 2020 - but as lockdowns came and went, and we staggered from tier to tier, in the end even that plan wasn’t possible.
I really wanted to share something of the new show before the end of 2020, and I decided that the words and the sentiment of Pinocchio’s ballad ‘All Will Be Well’ might resonate with people at the end of this most unusual of years. Christopher Finn performs the number beautifully, and I’m very excited to start work on the show properly as we gear-up for its premiere at the Lyric Theatre at the end of 2021”.
All Will Be Well is available now to download on iTunes, Amazon Music, and to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, and all other usual online platforms - click here to visit the Merchandise page. Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age opens at the Lyric Theatre Belfast from 26th November. Tickets are now on sale at lyrictheatre.co.uk