Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £200,000 for a special cast recording of The Little Prince musical album and to help provide over 70 people in the theatre industry with jobs during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Gosford Park, Withnail & I), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Rome, Trainspotting), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables), Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow, Hairspray, Follies), Amara Okereke (Les Miserables, The Boyfriend, Oklahoma!) and Lorna Want (Beautiful, Evita, Parade) will all lend their support by playing the principle roles for the recording.
Based on one of the best-selling books of all time, The Little Prince was transformed into a musical in 2010 when Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid were granted permission, by the estate of the author, to create a musical adaptation.
The team behind the original musical of The Little Prince have launched this crowdfunding opportunity to provide work to the arts sector and its employees who are suffering due to the closure of many theatres. In this time of crisis, they are looking to provide work for 70 musicians, singers and production staff including many freelance technicians and artists. The total budget being raised for the project is £200,000.
Due to the huge uncertainty as to when theatres, concert halls and auditoriums will be allowed to fully re-open their doors and greet audiences again. With the majority of the arts industry being freelancers, there is a pressing need to create work for them in controlled, safe environments. The recording studio provides a safe, Covid-secure environment for people to get back to work.
Talking about the news, Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid comment: “The Little Prince has been a source of comfort and joy, for generations of readers, since its publication in 1943 . It’s core message: “all that is essential is invisible to the eye” alludes to the intangible entities of hope and love; being all that’s required for a happy life. Music, the most ethereal and intangible of all the Arts, is the apposite form within which to tell this enigmatic and fantastical story. As we all endure this strange, cruel year – hope and love are needed more than ever. By creating a record version of Saint-Exupéry’s classic tale, we hope to provide them both – to listeners, and to the many artists this project hopes to employ.”
To donate to the campaign visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-little-prince-the-album#/