Hit Single Song Writer Sees Launch Of New Project 'Scheherazade'

Betty's New Musical Looks Set For The West End

by Steve Fletcher

Staff Reporter

April 1995

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Last updated: 21 July 1996

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A musical written by a Hayle woman could open in London's West End within the next 12 months.

Betty Newsinger, of Hillcrest Road, who writes songs and music for television advertisements, for 1970s' star Annie Haslam and for the newly formed Renaissance group who produced their first album this month, has now written a brand new musical,

And yesterday the musical which is called "Scheherazade" was due to be officially launched in the Paintings Gallery of the Theatre Museum in London's Covent Garden.

Television stars, such as Dawn French and some of the cast from Eastenders were to be present for the launch with performances by students of RADA and the Royal Schools Of Music.

Members of the Boards of Goldman Sachs, such as J. P. Morgan, Morgan Rothschild and J. Rothschild, who are considering inveting the 50 percent of the total funding still needed to take the show to the West End stage, were also to be present at the launch.

"It is all very exciting," said Betty.

"Scheherazade is one of the world's great stories. The musical secures the essence of the original 1001 Arabian Nights stories, whilst creating a contemporary and sophisticated style to produce and epic work through a structure of both through-sung and dailogue scenes."

Betty, who has written the lyrics, worked with composer Michael Dunford to put the musical together. In the 1970s, the two of them premiered a musical suite entitled Scheherazade And Other Stories at New York's Carnegie Hall.

"The vast majority of the music is new, but combined with classics written for the origincal Renaissance Scheherazade Suite, and the hit song 'Northern Lights'."

And Betty has been helped with the launch of the musical by Jacqueline Ash, organist at St. Ives Methodist Church and pianist and the Penventon Hotel, Rudruth.

She has arranged and updated version of "Northern Lights" which will be performed by the RHDA and Royal Schools of Music Students.

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