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Hello Dillie!

Dillie takes a short break from her Fascinating Aïda gal pals with some brand new songs and some grand old favourites. With gorgeous songs of love and songs of disgraceful filth, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. And she'll give you her recipe for chutney while she’s at it. Dillie is accompanied by a band of brilliant musicians including the cabaret legend Michael Roulston on piano. Recorded live at the Soho Theatre, London. The full show will be available from 24th February on DVD, and the songs will be available for digital download. Click here for more info...

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Back in the Saddle - Fascinating Aïda in Edinburgh.

Recorded live at the glorious new Spiegeltent for Assembly in George Square Gardens as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fascinating Aïda's new DVD will be released on 9th December 2016. Watch Liza Pulman, Dillie Keane and Adèle Anderson at their irreverent best in Back in the Saddle - Fascinating Aïda in Edinburgh. New songs include the ode to Brexit, SO SORRY SCOTLAND and the 2016 update to the BULGARIAN SONG CYCLE. Click here for more info...

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Flash Bang Wallop!

Recorded live at Chichester Festival Theatre, the 2016 London Cast Recording of Half A Sixpence will be available on CD and digital on 18th November 2016. This new stage version has a stellar creative team and reunites bookwriter Julian Fellowes with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the musical team that co-creator Cameron Mackintosh first put together to create the smash-hit stage adaptation of Mary Poppins with Disney.

They have written an exuberant score that is inspired by and features several of composer David Heneker’s memorable songs from the original production, which he co-wrote with Beverley Cross, including the show-stopping Flash Bang Wallop, Money To Burn and the irresistible Half A Sixpence.

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Liza Pulman Sings Hollywood

Liza Pulman's glorious voice brings you some of the greatest songs from the golden age of Hollywood, with the Starlight Orchestra conducted by Joseph Atkins. The CD includes songs from Casablanca, The Spy Who Loved Me, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.

Liza is on a UK tour from March 12th 2016 – for dates and further information go to www.lizapulman.com

Liza says “I had a seriously misspent youth playing snooker and watching old movies! I firmly believe that the songs from these movies are in our DNA, and whether we know it or not they are part of our yesterdays and our todays, and will live on to be part of our tomorrows. With my gorgeous orchestra I have the opportunity to share my two great loves (not snooker!) music and the movies.”

Available on CD, Digital Download and streaming from 18th March

» Coming soon...

Following a successful run in the West End, Alexandra Burke reprises her role as Rachel Marron in THE BODYGUARD – The Musical, based on the film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, which is currently touring the UK. Nonetheless, we’ve managed to find time to record the show at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios. The recording should be available on CD and digital download by the end of July. Pictured: Alexandra Burke in the studio with Chris Egan, the orchestrator and record producer.

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Although the new London Cast Recording of GYPSY won’t be available in stores or online until 27th April, we are planning to have copies of the CD on sale at the Savoy Theatre on Opening Night, 15th April 2015.

Pictured: Niall Acott (engineer) and Nick Skilbeck (Musical Director) after a marathon 21-hour mixing session.


» Latest releases

With MEMPHIS – THE MUSICAL now in the stores, our next release will be the new London Cast Recording of GYPSY starring Imelda Staunton as Momma Rose, which starts previews at London s Savoy Theatre on March 28th 2015.

Pictured in the recording studio (L-R) Peter Davison (Herbie), Imelda Staunton (Momma Rose), Nick Skilbeck (Musical Director), our MD John Craig and Niall Acott (Recording engineer)


» Coming soon...

London Cast Recording of Memphis The Musical. Stars of the 5-star hit London production of Memphis The Musical Beverley Knight & Killian Donnelly pictured at British Grove Studios early in December 2014 for the London Cast Recording - due for release in January 2015 — with composer (and founding member of Bon Jovi) David Bryan, UK Music Supervisor Nick Finlow, Engineer Niall John Acott and First Night Records MD John Craig

» Latest releases

The new DVD from Fascinating Aïda — CHARM OFFENSIVE — is now available in stores and online. Whilst we’re not releasing it in CD format, the songs will be available for digital download from iTunes et al from Monday 6th October 2014.

On 20th October you’ll be able to download an EP of Petula Clark’s SOMEONE LIKE YOU, recorded by the original Strand Theatre cast in 1990. In addition to the tracks ‘Someone Like You’ (Petula with Dave Willetts) and ‘Getting the Right Thing Wrong’ which featured on the original EP, we’ve tracked down two unreleased tracks from the recording session: ‘I Am What You Need’ sung by Clive Carter and ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’.

» Digital Download Releases

We’ve been rummaging through the archive and have released the following titles for download from the iTunes Music Store, Amazon and other digital outlets: A new compilation of THE SONGS OF ALAIN BOUBLIL & CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG, Jerry Goldsmith’s score for the 1975 Motion Picture RANSOM performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, THE SONGS OF RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II, THE LOVE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM and THE MUSICALS ALBUM performed by Julia McKenzie with the London Symphony Orchestra, and four recordings featuring the work of David Wood: MEG AND MOG SHOW, THE DAVID WOOD SONGBOOK, THE GINGERBREAD MAN and THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE...

All First Night albums for which we hold the digital rights can now be listened to via the Spotify® streaming service; the Spotify® player is now available on all such product pages - CLICK HERE TO LISTEN NOW!

» Coming Soon

A new Fascinating Aïda DVD is in the works! We are recording the girls’ latest show, CHARM OFFENSIVE in Norwich on 9th March. Check back here for details of release date or visit http://www.fascinatingaida.co.uk/news for more up-to-date info.

» FASCINATING AÏDA

The New Me – The New Single from Fascinating Aïda featuring Liza Pulman. Now available for download from your iTunes Store (not currently available on CD)

» FROM THE ARCHIVES

Eleven o'Clock in my Life c/w Painted Faces from the Mike Reed/Warner Brown musical Six for Gold sung by Carol Nielsson available for download from your iTunes Store (not currently available on CD) on 15th July.

» Olivier Awards 2013

Congratulations to the Cast and Creative team of TOP HAT for winning the Best New Musical Category at the 2013 Olivier Awards, the Cast and Creative team of SWEENEY TODD for winning the Best Musical Revival, and to MICHAEL BALL and IMELDA STAUNTON who won the Olivier awards for Best Actor in a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical respectively.

» SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN & TOP HAT

Our two latest CD releases, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (currently playing at the Palace Theatre, London) and TOP HAT (at the Aldwych Theatre, London) are now available in stores and online. Click on ‘Buy online’ above to purchase. Also available for digital download from iTunes and other digital outlets.

» COMING SOON

First Night Records are pleased to announce that two new West End recordings are due for release this summer: the Chichester Festival Theatre production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN currently playing at the Palace Theatre, and TOP HAT currently playing at the Aldwych Theatre. Watch this space for more announcements regarding release dates...

» FASCINATING AÏDA

Fascinating Aïda are pleased to announce that a performance of their recent record-breaking tour will be released on DVD & CD on May 7th, 2012.

Next scheduled performances are at the Gilded Balloon as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from Wednesday 1st August - Sunday 26th August 2012, followed by performances in the Spiegeltent at London's Southbank Centre from 3rd - 29th September 2012

For more tour information, reviews and more visit the Fascinating Aïda website at http://www.fascinatingaida.co.uk, Twitter feed @fascinatingaida, facebook or youtube.

» SWEENEY TODD CAST CD SIGNING

Dress Circle welcomed Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton, Lucy May Barker, Luke Brady and James McConville to their London store to sign copies of the 2012 London Cast Album of Sweeney Todd on Saturday 31st March. It was a wonderful day in London with excited Sweeney Todd fans scattered along Monmouth Street, CDs in hand, eagerly awaiting their turn to meet the cast.







» SWEENEY TODD

Direct from a sell-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre, where it received multiple five-star reviews and standing ovations, as well as winner of the Whatsonstage.com award for ‘Best Regional Production’, Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller is laced with dark humour, dazzling wit and an infectious score. The production starring Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton comes to the West End's Adelphi Theatre for a strictly limited season previewing from 10th March opening on the 20th March 2012.

The recording will be available on April 2nd in your local iTunes Store, your High Street record store, the Adelphi Theatre and at Dress Circle in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, where members of the cast including Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton will be signing copies of the CD on Saturday 31st March, 2012 from 12 noon - 1 pm.
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» FASCINATING AÏDA

Fascinating Aïda are pleased to announce that a performance of their recent record-breaking tour has been recorded and will be released on DVD & CD in Spring 2012.

Our next tour begins on Thursday 9th February 2012 in Chichester (sold out! contact Box Office for returns on 01243 781 312), and visits Camberley, Hereford, Yeovil, Billingham, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Reading, Birmingham, Portsmouth, King’s Lynn, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Bury St. Edmonds, Bournemouth, Bridport, Newbury, Bromley, Bradford, Barrow-in-Furness, Telford, Leamington Spa, Durham, Harrogate, Northampton, St. Albans, Colchester, Kingston, Southend, Chatham, Belfast, Glasgow, Dundee, Leeds, Bristol, Stafford, Norwich, Chelmsford, and Guildford before finishing off with a month of performances in London in September 2012.

For more tour information, reviews and more visit the Fascinating Aïda website at http://www.fascinatingaida.co.uk, Twitter feed @fascinatingaida, facebook or youtube.

» BETTY BLUE EYES

The CD of the Original London Cast Recording now available in stores and online. Click on ‘Buy online’ above to purchase. Also available as digital download from your local iTunes Store

» LEND ME A TENOR THE MUSICAL

Original London Cast Recording now available in stores and online. Click on ‘Buy online’ above to purchase.
Members of the cast will be signing copies of the CD from 12 noon - 12:45pm on Saturday 6th August 2011 at Dress Circle in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden.

» CLASSIC BRITS

Our MD, John Craig and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, Wuthering Heights, Cleopatra) with HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Classic Brits Awards Ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on May 12th 2011

» FORTHCOMING RELEASES

Coming soon: 2 brand new Original Cast Recordings
BETTY BLUE EYES and LEND ME A TENOR - The Musical
Details of release dates to follow soon

» CLEOPATRA - THE BALLET

The new double CD of Claude-Michel Schönberg & David Nixon’s CLEOPATRA is now on sale and is also available for digital download on iTunes. Click here for more information.

» OLIVIER AWARDS 2011

Congratulations to the Cast and Creative team of LEGALLY BLONDE for winning the Best New Musical Category at the 2011 Olivier Awards, and congratulations also to SHERIDAN SMITH and JILL HALFPENNY who won the Olivier awards for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical respectively.

» END OF THE RAINBOW - TRACIE BENNETT SING JUDY

Tracie Bennett sings Judy Garland. Recording now available in stores and online. Click on 'Buy online' above to purchase.
Tracie will be signing copies of the CD at 12 noon on Saturday 5th February 2011 at Dress Circle in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden.

» TONY EDWARDS

It is with great regret that we announce that Tony Edwards (1932 - 2010) passed away 11-11-2010. John Craig's partner and co-founder of both Safari Records and First Night Records.

» LES MISÉRABLES LIVE!

The new double CD recording of Les Misérables Live!, the 2010 recording of the new 25th Anniversary Production of Boublil & Schönberg's classic musical went on sale in September, and is also available to download from iTunes and other digital retailers. Members of the cast signed copies of the CD at Dress Circle Records in Covent Garden.

» FASCINATING AÏDA

Fascinating Aïda – Silver Jubilee DVD. Back by popular demand after two nationwide sell-out anniversary tours in '09 and '10, the girls are still celebrating. Recorded live at the Theatre Royal Windsor, Dillie, Adele and Liza look forward to entertaining you with a night of hilarious new songs, beautiful harmonies and intricate, satirical lyrics, including "Cheap Flights" – currently whizzing away on YouTube with over 1,359,800 hits last time we looked...'Cheap Flights' is now available as a digital download from the iTunes Store

» LEGALLY BLONDE

The brand new recording of the original London cast of Legally Blonde The Musical was released on 16th August, and is also available (including 2 bonus tracks) to download from iTunes and other digital retailers. Members of the cast signed copies of the CD at Dress Circle Records in Covent Garden.

» DREAM THE DREAM!

Coming soon: Les Misérables Live! - the 2010 recording of the new 25th Anniversary Production of Boublil & Schönberg's classic musical.

Click on 'buy online' above to pre-order.

» JOHN CRAIG HONOURED IN NEW YEAR'S HONOURS LIST

Congratulations to our MD, John Craig, Chairman of the British Record Industry Trust on being awarded an OBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours for services to Music and Charity

» RELATED NEWS

Our sister site, http://www.safari-records.co.uk has recently been busy in the archives tracking down the master tapes of the Safari Records catalogue, and are delighted to announce that we will be making available for digital download as many of them as we can, with the 25th Anniversary Commemorative Album of Safari Records (originally released in 2002 and still available on CD), The Yobs' CHRISTMAS ALBUM, two albums from The Boys: BOYS ONLY and TO HELL WITH THE BOYS and five albums from Toyah: SHEEP FARMING IN BARNET, THE BLUE MEANING, ANTHEM, THE CHANGELING and Toyah's Live 1980 album, TOYAH! TOYAH! TOYAH! already available from the Safari store

Some of the albums we've found haven't been available since the vinyl days of yore, and many feature bonus tracks not available on the original recordings; watch this space for updates on more digital releases from the Safari Records catalogue.

» RECENT DIGITAL RELEASES

Recent digital-only releases include: The Ragged Child – National Youth Music Theatre Cast, The Gambler – Original London Cast, Ziegfeld – Original London Cast, A Gala Concert for Hal Prince and The Music of Torvill & Dean.

» RECENT RELEASES

Over 150 recordings are now available to order or download from the First Night Records website.

Recent releases include: the new smash hit musical Sister Act, Highlights from Les Misérables  – Original London Cast' including 'I Dreamed A Dream' as sung by Susan Boyle on 'Britain's Got Talent', Oliver! featuring Rowan Atkinson & Jodie Prenger, Bodywork – National Youth Music Theatre Cast, Stepping Out – Original London Cast, Zorro – Original London Cast Recording, Marguerite – Original London Cast Recording, Bad Girls – Original London Cast Recording, Parade – Original London Cast Recording, Victor Spinetti – A Very Private Diary and Stiles & Drewes' Honk – Original Demo Recording.

Click here to browse all available titles

» SISTER ACT

Photographs of Patina Miller and Sheila Hancock on 1st August 2009 signing copies of the recording of Sister Act at Dress Circle, Covent Garden

» MARY POPPINS

Photographs of Laura Michelle Kelly and Gavin Lee on 6th April signing copies at HMV, The Trocadero, Coventry St. W1.

» SIMPLY HEAVENLY
We have also just finished recording the Young Vic's hit production which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, and the cd was released in the first week of march.

» JUST SO
we have recorded Just So but there is still work to do on it and the cd will not be out before the autumn, but we will update the news pages as soon as we have more information.

» JOHN BARROWMAN SWINGS COLE PORTER
FIRST NIGHT RECORDS are pleased to announce an album of Cole Porter standards by JOHN BARROWMAN.

» AFRICAN FOOTPRINT TOUR OF GERMANY:
29.03. - 03.04.2005 - Zürich - Maag MusicHall
Tickethotline: 0900 55 222 5 (CHF 1/Min) www.topact.ch

05.04.2005 - 10.04.2005 - Basel, Musical Theater
Tickethotline: 0900 55 222 5 (CHF 1/Min) www.topact.ch

05.04.2005 - 10.04.2005 - Basel, Musical Theater
Tickethotline: 0900 55 222 5 (CHF 1/Min) www.topact.ch

12.04. - 17.04.2005 - Amsterdam Pepsi Stage
Tickethotline: 0900-3005000 (in Holland) oder www.stairpro.com

19.04. - 24.04.2005 - Amsterdam Pepsi Stage
Tickethotline: 0900-3005000 (in Holland) oder www.stairpro.com

26.04. - 01.05.2005 - Amsterdam Pepsi Stage
Tickethotline: 0900-3005000 (in Holland) oder www.stairpro.com

03.05. - 08.05.2005 - Amsterdam Pepsi Stage
Tickethotline: 0900-3005000 (in Holland) oder www.stairpro.com

10.05. - 15.05.2005 - Amsterdam Pepsi Stage
Tickethotline: 0900-3005000 (in Holland) oder www.stairpro.com

17.05. - 22.05.2005 - Bremen Musical Theater

24.05. - 26.05.2005 - Bremen Musical Theater

24.06. - 02.07.2005 - Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle

05.07. - 11.07.2005 - Dresden Staatsschauspiel

13.07. - 17.07.2005 - Köln Oper

19.07. - 24.07.2005 - Köln Oper

26.07. - 31.07.2005 - Köln Oper

02.08. - 07.08.2005 - Köln Oper

09.08. - 14.08.2005 - Mannheim Nationaltheater

16.08. - 21.08.2005 - Mannheim Nationaltheater

» WUTHERING HEIGHTS
We are pleased to announce our first release of 2004, the CD of Wuthering Heights, due for release on 2nd February 2004. The original ballet music is composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg creator of the smash hit musicals Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. The ballet received its World Premiere on September 21 2002 at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and the Northern Ballet Theatre have toured the ballet in 2003 and played a season at Sadler's Wells Theatre London.

» ANYTHING GOES
The brand new recording of the 2003 Royal National Theatre released on Sept 22.
Stars of the recording (and production) Sally Ann Triplett, John Barrowman, Mary Stockley and Annette McLaughlin signed copies of the cd at Dress Circle Records, 57-59 Monmouth St, London WC2.

The cd is also available direct from our website (£14.99).

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