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“WE BEGIN AGAIN” PRODUCED BY THE GUARDIAN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL THEATRE, NOW AVAILABLE DIGITALLY

(New York, NY – Thursday, December 17th, 2020) Broadway Records (https://www.broadwayrecords.com) announced today the release of the new single “We Begin Again” from the musical film of the same name. With a cast of hundreds, WE BEGIN AGAIN features stars of the West End and television including Anita Dobson (EastEnders), Zubin Varla (Jesus Christ Superstar), Susan Wokoma (Enola Holmes), and Noah Thomas (Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie). “We Begin Again” is now available wherever digital music is sold and on BroadwayRecords.com.  

WE BEGIN AGAIN is written by Olivier award winner James Graham (Labour of Love, Ink, Finding Neverland), and produced by The Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com) in partnership with the National Theatre (https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/).   This short musical film is a unifying song for the country to take stock of the extraordinary year gone by and reset for the year ahead. A multi-generational cast reflects on their individual lives and the impact 2020 has had on them, while a supporting company of 100 community members from the National Theatre’s Public Acts programme in Doncaster and London, sing a hopeful chorus encouraging everyone to ‘begin again’.  Filmed both on location and remotely, this online musical is a clear product of these unique times.

WE BEGIN AGAIN is composed by Jim Fortune (National Theatre’s Pericles) and directed by Amy Hodge (who directed the Guardian’s two latest drama series: Brexit Shorts and Europeans, as well as the National Theatre’s Olivier Award nominated musical Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical!). Julian Simmons serves as Music Producer, and Music Director is Tarek Merchant.

WE BEGIN AGAIN is the Guardian’s first musical produced in partnership with the National Theatre and an example of the innovative ways a news website and an arts organisation can interpret the year gone by and bring the performing arts to a global audience during a time when many theatres have been forced to close or reduce their audience intake.

The musical film is now available to watch on The Guardian website here: https://www.theguardian.com/we-begin-again

Broadway Records (Van Dean, President) is the Grammy® winning record label dedicated to preserving musical theatre and theatre vocalists. Recent releases include If The Fates Allow: The Hadestown Holiday Album, Lea Salonga Live In Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Legacy: Two Song Cycles by Ahrens and Flaherty, the Grammy® and Tony Award-winning The Color Purple (2015 revival), the Tony Award® winning and Grammy® nominated revival of Once On This Island, the Grammy® nominated Matilda The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (2015 revival) and My Fair Lady (2018 revival), Anastasia, Bandstand, Groundhog Day, The Lightning Thief and NBC’s television events, “The Wiz Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!”. The label’s critically-acclaimed “Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below” series features top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti, Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Micky Dolenz and many others. Broadway Records launched the Broadway for Orlando initiative (in partnership with creators Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley) culminating in the all-star benefit single, “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which leaped to #1 on iTunes with no radio airplay. Broadway Records philanthropic endeavors also include the From Broadway With Love benefit concerts for Sandy Hook, Orlando (Emmy Award for Sound) and Parkland. To learn more, visit BroadwayRecords.com.

About Guardian News & Media

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes theguardian.com, one of the world’s leading English-language newspaper websites. Traffic from outside of the UK now represents around two-thirds of the Guardian’s total digital audience. In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week, first published in 1821, and the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer.

About National Theatre’s Public Acts programme 

Public Acts is the National Theatre’s nationwide initiative to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community. The programme creates ambitious new works of participatory theatre and is built on sustained partnerships with theatres and community organisations across the UK who share our vision of theatre as a force for change. Their theatre partners are Cast in Doncaster and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. 

Public Acts is inspired by Public Works, the Public Theater’s ground-breaking programme of participatory theatre in New York.

About the National Theatre 

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone. It aims to reach the widest possible audience and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible with a broad range of productions that play in London, on tour around the UK, on Broadway and across the globe. The National Theatre’s extensive UK-wide learning and participation programme supports young people and schools through performance and writing programmes like Connections, New Views and Let’s Play, while Public Acts creates ambitious new works of participatory theatre in sustained partnership with theatres and community organisations around the country. The National Theatre extends its reach through digital programmes including NT Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries, the National Theatre Collection, which makes recordings of shows available to UK schools and the global education sector, and now National Theatre at Home. The National Theatre invests in the future of theatre by developing talent, creating bold new work and building audiences, partnering with a range of UK theatres and theatre companies. For more information, please visit nationaltheatre.org.uk 

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