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    November 17, 2023
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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Is the Development Path a Little Smoother in the UK?
Friday 11/17  at 5pm ET

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In the room: Australian producer Neil Gooding (Back to the Future in London and New York, Holding The Man in London, UK productions of What's New Pussycat and Little Voice; Australian premieres of Gutenberg! The Musical!, Dogfight and 33 Variations and New York productions of Harmony, Islander, Church and State, Handle with Care, The 39 Steps); Patrick Gracey, London-based producer, on the Boards of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and League of Independent Producers in the UK; and Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment, producer of over 100 shows in the West End, Off-West End and UK Touring scene (including Flowers for Mrs. Harris, Brokeback Mountain, Olivier Award Nominated Best New Play Cruise, The Last Five Years, The Toxic Avenger, The Addams Family, Little Voice). Is the road to production as laborious in the UK as it is here in New York? We hear it takes a lot less time and a lot less money to get a new show up on its feet. Neil, Patrick and Katy promise to give us the details!

    As a director, Neil was nominated for a 2009 Helpmann Award and a 2009 Green Room Award for the Australian premiere of Gutenberg! The Musical!. He has also been nominated for a Sydney Theatre Critics Award for his direction of the Australian premiere of Dogfight. Directing highlights include the Australian premieres of Stalking The Bogeyman and The Bridges Of Madison County and the World Premiere of Paris (in concert), The Red Tree and Becoming Bill. Other highlights include the New York Production of Church And State (Asst. Director), Passion, The Hatpin (Asst. Director). Neil was also assistant director to Gale Edwards for the launch concert of Kookaburra Music Theatre Company. As Producer / Director Neil has created many productions including Sing on Through Tomorrow (a song revue of the music of Matthew Robinson); LOVEBiTES by Peter Rutherford and James Millar; Love Letters (starring Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck), Truth Beauty And A Picture Of You and High Fidelity (Hayes Theatre Co); the national tour of Thank You for Being A Friend; as well as Side by Side by Sondheim and Diciasette (starring Mark Vincent). His producing work internationally includes the New York productions of Church and State, Handle with Care; The 39 Steps; Alan Cumming’s one-man version of Macbeth on Broadway; as well as being a financial investor in It’s Only A Play and The Ferryman. In London’s West End, NGP has produced the hit Australian play, Holding the Man, Cyrano and the upcoming Back to the Future. 



    Aria Entertainment was founded in 2012 by Katy Lipson. In 2017, Katy was awarded the Best Producer award by the Off-West End Awards and is a recipient of the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award. She made ‚ÄúThe Stage 100‚ÄĚ in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for her work at Hope Mill Theatre and in 2021 for her work as a solo producer.¬†Katy produced the UK Premiere Tour of¬†The Addams Family¬†and the 50th¬†Anniversary production of¬†HAIR¬†at the London Vaults, which she originally co-produced with Hope Mill Theatre in 2016, where she was the Producing Artistic Director for all in-house musicals from 2016 ‚Äď 2019.¬†HAIR¬†(The Vaults) won the award for Best Off-West End Production at the 2018 Whatsonstage Awards and completed a major UK Tour in 2019. Their transfer of¬†Pippin, which played at the Southwark Playhouse, was nominated for a record number of Off West End Awards. Their production of¬†Spring Awakening¬†won the award for Best Regional show at the 2019 WOS awards. In 2012, the bicentenary year of Charles Dickens‚Äô birth, she produced a revival of¬†The Mystery of Edwin Drood¬†at the Arts Theatre, West End. This was followed by a transfer to the same venue in 2017 of new musical¬†The Toxic Avenger¬†following runs at The Edinburgh Festival‚Äôs Pleasance Theatre and the Southwark Playhouse.¬†Katy set up the¬†From Page to Stage¬†festival to support new musicals at all difference stages of development. In 6 years FPTS has given platform to over 100 new musicals of which many have gone on to have full productions and be licensed worldwide and now they run a full-time literary department for new musicals.