The live recording of the London Musical Theatre’s concert performance of Girlfriends, by Emmy Award-winner Howard Goodall and recorded at Bishopsgate Institute has been released.
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s live recording of their concert performance of Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends has been released on CD and digital download.
Recorded at the Bishopsgate Institute, the album is the world-premiere recording of Howard Goodall’s spectacular Second World War epic, as well as being the debut album of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.
The album features an all-star cast, led by Lucie Jones as Lou (Legally Blonde, UK Eurovision Entrant 2017, Les Misérables) and Lauren Samuels as Amy (Bend It Like Beckham, Romantics Anonymous, We Will Rock You). They are joined by Bronté Barbé as Jane (Beautiful / Shrek UK Tour), Natasha Barnes as Sally (Funny Girl / Mack & Mabel), Vikki Stone as Jasmine (The Now Show / Lyric Hammersmith’s Aladdin and Jack & The Beanstalk) and Rob Houchen as Guy (Candide / Les Misérables). The cast is completed by Chris McGuigan, Lizzie Wofford, Lisa Bridge, Charlotte Clitherow, and Tara Divina. The 2018 concert was directed by Bronagh Lagan.
Howard Goodall’s musical follows recruits of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) on an RAF Bomber Command base during the Second World War. Composed by Emmy Award-winner Howard Goodall, Girlfriends explores the bravery, camaraderie, solidarity and humour between the women in the WAAF while they pack parachutes, make shells, fall in love and live through the horrors of the War.
The album features new orchestrations by Simon Nathan and the composer. The London Musical Theatre Orchestra was conducted by Freddie Tapner and led by Debs White, and the album is produced and edited by Howard Goodall and mixed by Gary Thomas.