A new radio station dedicated to fans of musical theatre is being created by Wise Buddah and Mothership Management, called Stage Door.
Theatre stars Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Hadley Fraser & Ramin Karimloo are supporting the new station, which will broadcast online and feature tunes, news, backstage gossip and interviews with West End and Broadway performers.
Stage Door stemmed from a conversation between Wise Buddah’s Head of Content Simon Willis and Mothership Management founder Rebecca Sichel-Coates.
Simon is a Radio and TV Producer and Musical Theatre fan with 15 years BBC experience. Rebecca is a music professional and musical theatre fan.
A target of £145,000 has been set to hopefully fund the station for the first year, via crowd funding platform Indiegogo.
The aim of the station is to bring fans closer to the action – to build a direct link with the stars that bring their favourite roles to life.
Presenters include Singin’ In The Rain’s Louise Bowden, Wicked’s Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis from We Will Rock You, Mark Evans from The Book of Mormon and Hadley Fraser from Les Misérables.
Simon Willis: “Last year 13,992,773 people bought a West End theatre ticket, and millions more bought a soundtrack CD or download. We’re creating Stage Door to bridge the gap between listening to a CD and seeing a show, and catering for those fans that want to listen to their favourite songs throughout the year.
“It’ll offer great songs from the best shows and presented by the leading men and women of the West End.”
Mothership Management Managing Director Rebecca Sichel-Coates said: “We’ve had an overwhelming level of support already, from performers to producers to fans. We feel Stage Door can become the number one place for fans to listen to music and get closer to Musical Theatre, as presented by their favourite stars and the people in the know.”