Take the outstanding vocal talent of four good looking young men and a unique collection of timeless classics from musical theatre and you have all the ingredients for the success of Teatro. Already billed as Theatreland's First Supergroup, their eponymous debut album is released 26th November.
As a vocal group Teatro captures the zeitgeist which has elevated musical theatre to new heights of popularity. Prime time TV shows like Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria have attracted huge audiences and a record seven and a half million musical theatre tickets were sold in the UK last year.
The band evolved through a process of four hugely talented and like-minded singers - three British and one American - deciding that Teatro's moment was at hand coming together through a happy mixture of invitation, recommendation and friendships. Each had already achieved outstanding success on both sides of the Atlantic - Simon Bailey for instance played the leading man in Les Mis-rables and turned down the opportunity of appearing in Phantom Of The Opera to join the group.
Simon was joined by Stephen Rahman-Hughes who played the lead in the seminal production of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams which brought the glamour of Bollywood to the West End. Jeremiah James comes from upstate New York and turned down the role of Sinatra for the call of Teatro. And finally we have Andrew Alexander: a Royal Academy Of Music graduate and classically trained singer.
Teatro, the album, features the great anthems from a century of musicals which have captivated successive generations including numbers such as Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera), Maria (from West Side Story), Don't Cry For Me, Argentina (Evita), Somewhere Over The Rainbow (The Wizard Of Oz) and Love Changes Everything (Aspects Of Love). Testimony to the album and the musical heritage on which it uniquely draws is the fact the shows from which the songs originate have between them won an astonishing collection of 23 Oscars, 11 Golden Globes, 39 Tony Awards and 3 Grammy's.
Not only does the album showcase the four singers' outstanding voices, it also features the backing of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with a new and unique series of arrangements for the universally loved West End and Broadway favourites.
The album was produced by Nick Patrick, responsible for global hits for artists including Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Russell Watson, Tony Bennett and Katherine Jenkins. The creative team also includes renowned Hollywood arranger Jorge Calandrelli, winner of seven Grammy's who has arranged for Sting, Streisand, McCartney and Michael Buble amongst others.