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Julie Atherton prepares the new musical show HOW DO YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH SOMEBODY YOU’VE NEVER MET

Russel Tovey, Richard Fleeshman and Anna-Jane Casey will also star in this new show which concept studio recording will be released in April 2013 with the support of the audience, who can pledge to make this project real.

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A farm in Hampshire is the unlikely birthplace for a new musical with an all star cast, and the blessing of Stephen Fry. Stars Russel Tovey, Richard Fleeshman, Julie Atherton and Anna-Jane Casey are already lined up to be driving through the muddy lanes of East Hampshire to voice characters on the album of the show.

HOW DO YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH SOMEBODY YOU’VE NEVER MET was conceived by West End star Juile Atherton and her friends Marcos D´Cruze and Paul Clarke at their studio on Wallops Wood farm in Droxford. The twelve original songs will tell the story of a girl who is asked the fateful question of the title. There will be tears, there will be laughter, there will be furniture. There is unlikely to be blood.

The stars will perform on the album which will be recorded at Wallops Wood Studios after Christmas - as long as the money can be raised to complete the project. The team are planning to release the album in April 2013, and to present the songs in a ´sing-through´ with the cast members, to which people who have pledged a certain amount will be invited. Other innovative pledge ´rewards´ include a chance to be at the studios during a recording session, and a lyric book signed by the cast.

"We wanted to take our philosophy of ´do-it-yourself´ to next level and see if we could apply it to a West End Musical", said Marcos. "Getting people to fund a musical sounded a bit far-fetched so we hatched the plan of getting there via a recorded album. This meant we could write the songs and the story - have the musical written - but provide supporters with something tangible for their pledge: a beautifully performed CD of the finished songs. We´re talking to theatres both locally and in London about setting up some preview shows, and we´re very excited about that. Getting a run in the West End or Off Broadway would be the ultimate goal, but we´re going to have to break a few more rules to do that!".

Julie adds, "The story idea is such a great one that we soon had a buzz going, so roping in Richard, Russel and Anna-Jane was a piece of cake. Having Stephen offer to record the voice-over for the pledge video was the icing on that cake".

Julie Atherton starred in the original West End production of AVENUE Q, and her other musical theatre credits include FAME, and Phyllida Lloyd’s MAMMA MIA! at the Prince Edward Theatre. In November 2011 she starred alongside Catalan actor and director Daniel Anglès in the first ever bilingual production of THE LAST 5 YEARS at Girona’s Temporada Alta Festival and in Barcelona. She has released two studio albums; ‘A Girl of Few Words’ and ‘No Space for Air’, and is currently playing Sister Mary Robert in the first UK tour of SISTER ACT.

The pledge video can be seen here or at, where you can also follow a link to make your own pledge and be part of the creation of a new musical comedy.

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