South Shields teacher premiers Marvel-inspired musical at the Customs House

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A DREAM of writing a musical has finally come true for a South Tyneside composer.

Ever since teacher Andrew Richardson began to learn to play the piano, he hoped one day he would see his compositions come alive on stage.

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Now, after he answered an online advertisement, his wish has finally been granted after he was asked to write the music for The Raven – A Super Hero Musical.

The show – inspired by the Marvel and DC comics and a poem by Edgar Allan Poe – has already played to packed audiences in Glasgow.

Now it is on its way to Andrew’s home town and will be performed at the Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, on February 5 and 6.

The 29-year-old, from Harton House Road, South Shields, who composed the music for the show over the summer, said: “I’ve been playing the piano for 20 years and I’ve always had an interest in writing music.

“I’ve done a few plays for primary schools but this is the first musical I have written the music for. This is a dream come true.”

He added: “It wasn’t the kind of music I normally compose as it’s quite rocky, but I read the script and the lyrics and I thought it was a good opportunity I couldn’t miss and hopefully it will lead on to more.

“The show has already been performed in Glasgow and it went really well.

“Hopefully, when it comes to my home town it will do just as well.”

A total of 26 songs written by Mr Richardson are performed during the course of the musical.

He said: “Writing the music and hearing it performed as part of the show, was such an unbelievable experience.

“It was just fantastic, this is what I have always wanted to do.”

Mr Richardson is now looking to work on other projects.

The Raven – A Super Hero Musical was written by Joseph Traynor and is an action-packed show bringing elements of the comic book genre together with musical theatre.

It is based on the birth of a new villain who is striking fear among the citizens of Metrogoth.

The only person who can end his reign of terror is an orphaned playboy millionaire who must become the Raven.

However, he has his own issues to overcome including his anger and grief over the unsolved murder of his parents.

Tickets for the show are on sale now from the Customs House box office, priced at £12, by telephoning 454 1234.

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