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Alexander Bermange

Since graduating from Oxford University, Alexander S. Bermange has written the music and lyrics for the musicals Walking On The Sun (The O2, London, the specially constructed Theatre In The Park, Rotherham, and Rawmarsh Leisure Centre, Rotherham), Odette – The Dark Side of Swan Lake (Bridewell Theatre, London), Aladdin (Pleasance Theatre, London), Shadowless (Bridewell Theatre, London), Close Encounters (Century City Playhouse, Los Angeles), Nessie (Burton Taylor Theatre, Oxford and Musical Kongress, Hamburg), and the music for The Seven Ravens, The Golden Goose, The Frog Prince and Beauty And The Beast – The Singing Springing Lark (all at the Amphitheater Park Schloss Philippsruhe, Hanau, Germany, and all released on CD and/or DVD). Alexander is the winner of two Frank Wildhorn Awards (the Audience Award and the Second Jury Award) for his musical Shadowless (Musical Festival Graz, Austria).

Alexander has written many comic songs for BBC Radio 4′s Broadcasting House programme, and his witty ditties have also been included in many other television and radio programmes (on ITV, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and other stations), performed by the likes of Four Poofs And A Piano and Kit & The Widow (at London’s Coliseum, Wigmore Hall and Arts Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and on Friday Night Is Music Night on BBC Radio 2), and included in his own comic musical entertainment Weird & Wonderful (Canal Café Theatre, London). Nineteen of Alexander’s comic songs have been released on a CD entitled Weird & Wonderful – A Collection Of Songs Celebrating Weirdos And Weirdness, which features an all-star line up of international musical theatre artists, and boasts sleeve notes by Tim Rice.

Performances of The Songs of Alexander S. Bermange have been staged in Munich, as a radio concert for Bayerischer Rundfunk, and with European musical theatre star Felix Martin at the Musical Kongress, Hamburg, which led to the release of a CD maxi single of songs from Alexander’s shows, entitled Walking On The Sun – Felix Martin Sings Alexander S. Bermange. Further songs of Alexander’s have been released on Kit & The Widow’s album 100 Not Out; If You Were Mine, a collection of new songs performed by stars of the London stage; Märchenhaft, a compilation of highlights from the musicals of the Hanauer Festspiele featuring four tracks by Alexander; and West End musical theatre artist Simon Green’s solo CD Take Me To The World.

Alexander’s other commissions include the songs for Premiere at the ICC, Birmingham (the corporate show launching the Toyota Auris), and the theme song for the star-studded production of Mission 007 at the Capitol Theater, Düsseldorf, the English adaptation of part of the musical Blue Bear for German publisher Whale Songs, and comic songs for performance by West End musical theatre artist Jessica Martin. He has written further songs in various styles for many West End and Broadway artists’ solo concerts at venues ranging from the London Astoria to the Purcell Room to Pizza On The Park, London. He has composed the music for the film N.R.O.H. (Tropfest Film Festival, Sydney) and for plays at numerous venues including the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, the King’s Head Theatre and the Jermyn Street Theatre, London. He has contributed additional lyrics to the musicals Snap! (Jermyn Street Theatre, London) and All The Divas Of Arabia (Edinburgh Festival), and original music to Stalin! (Pleasance Theatre, London). He has worked extensively as a musical director and accompanist on his own and other musicals, receiving particular acclaim for his work on the stage premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan (King’s Head Theatre, London), Closer Than Ever (Bridewell Theatre, London), the London premiere of Charles Hart’s Love Songs (Bridewell Theatre, London), and the CD Petula Clark – In Her Own Write. He has also given songwriting workshops for the Cambridge Arts Theatre and the Orpheus Centre.