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Wednesday 26 September 2018

Hit musical with strong Wexford roots heading for America

Esther Hayden

Noël, the hit musical from award winning author Eoin Colfer and Kilmore composer Liam Bates, is on its way to North America.

Having met with huge critical acclaim overseas, the show's producers are now planning its first North American national tour, which will open at the Ames Centre in Minneapolis on November 17. Noël is set to play 30 cities across the US and Canada, just in time for the holiday season.

Noël, set in modern day London, tells a heartwarming tale of a little girl, Noël, who is preparing for her starring role in a school Christmas play when her mother suddenly disappears. To avoid being taken into care, Noël keeps her mother's disappearance a secret and embarks alone on a quest to find her. Along the way, she befriends a diverse group of homeless characters, who have themselves lost their way in life; Duchess, a lady with a mysterious past; Edgar, a disabled veteran and Nick, a curmudgeon who has lost his faith in humanity.

As the story progresses, we discover that Nick is indeed Santa Claus, and has become disenchanted with a world that he believes has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Noël's bright innocence and unwavering belief in finding her mother, inspires Nick to find joy again as he falls in love with Duchess and with life itself. Nick, Duchess and Edgar learn to embrace life once more, finding love and hope in themselves and in the world.

The team behind Noël the Musical has quite the theatrical pedigree. Noël is the creation of Eoin Colfer (book) and Liam Bates (music) and co produced by singer Michael Londra.

Wexford town man Eoin achieved international acclaim for his hugely successful series of children's books Artemis Fowl, which have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Recently adapted into a movie by Disney starring Dame Judy Dench and directed by Kenneth Brannagh. Artemis Fowl the movie will be released in August 2019.

Kilmore man Liam Bates is a composer, orchestrator and conductor who has won both a Promax Gold Award and the John McCabe Prize. He is renowned for his elegant brush strokes of orchestral colour and is an innovative and highly sought-after composer.

Executive producers VenuWorks Theatricals, led by VenuWorks founder and president Steve Peters and international singer and producer Michael Londra, first produced NOËL at the National Opera House in Wexford in 2016 to huge acclaim. They have partnered with VStar Entertainment for the first ever North American tour and plan to bring NOËL to cities across the US and Canada in the coming years.

For more information on Noël please see www.noelthemusical.com.

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