The new musical titled U.Me: The Musical is set to premiere in May.
The new virtual theatre experience is set to premiere globally at 8pm BST on 12 May 2021 on BBC World Service and BBC Sounds.
Titled u.me: The Musical will feature words and music by Theo Jamieson, who was previously music director for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Here Lies Love, with music production by Liverpool based Steve Levine famed for his work with Culture Club, The Clash and The Beach Boys. Meanwhile, the musical will also feature a book written by Simon Pitts and Theo Jamieson and commissioned by Simon Pitts, BBC World Service.
The score is set to be performed by contemporary musicians as well as the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with over 60 musicians across the UK, all recording their parts remotely to be mixed by Steve Levine in his Liverpool studio.
U.Me: the Musical is an international love story, based around two young people on opposite sides of the world, who meet online and make a true connection. Having moved to London to start a new job just as everything in her world stops, Rose meets Ryo across a crowded video conference at work. He’s a Japanese-American living in Kyoto experiencing a quarter-life crisis and is starting out again. Alone and together during the lockdowns they make sense of it all between them and find hope and joy amidst everything.
Commenting on the news Simon Pitts said: “It can take six years to create a new musical for the West End or Broadway. We’re writing and arranging and recording u.me in 5 months during lockdown. We’re excited to be bringing together some of Britain’s greatest music and drama talents in a project touching on our shared global experience over this last extraordinary year.”
Meanwhile, Theo Jamieson said: “The BBC wanted to do a radio musical in response to the covid pandemic, a romance in this moment we are in that would get the blood pumping and raise goosebumps. When all guns are blazing on a musical, nothing generates that much energy and that much feeling. It’s a big challenge, but actually the feeling of responding and delivering something to the public in a short amount of time is actually really fun. It’s fantastic as an artist.”
The musical is a broadcast hour and will have its World Premiere at 8pm BST on 12th May 2021 on BBC World Service and will be chapterised for podcast on BBC Sounds.