Friday, January 12, 2024

2023 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards

Eigg the Musical recently brought home four 2023 BroadwayWorld Denver Awards, which honor the best in regional productions, touring shows and more. Eigg wins included "Best Musical", "Best New Musical", "Best Director of a Musical" and "Best Supporting Performer in a Musical." BroadwayWorld requires the performances premiere between Oct. 1, 2022, and Sept. 30, 2023. Audiences members and their friends can then vote and make their selections on an online portal for the best in each category through December 31, 2023. Winners were announced on January 9th, 2024.

“I’m ecstatic and very proud of  what the cast & crew have done and proud of the show too,” said April Alsup, producer and composer of the work. The amount of time and effort that goes into a production like this is unreal. To see those efforts acknowledged in a regional and statewide way is really fabulous."

2023 Regional BroadwayWorld Awards 

"The people voting validate that the work we’re doing is high caliber and at an elite level. It acknowledges the hard work that the leadership team have put into developing the show and the performances of the actors.” BroadwayWorld is an international organization that’s broken down in different regions across America, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. “This is a peoples' choice award and it's really the only theatre award like it in our area, so it’s a big deal,” Alsup said.

Eigg the Musical was performed at the Vintage Theatre in July 2023. Situated in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Eigg has a fascinating history of sovereignty. Not long ago, the inhabitants of Eigg faced a different type of invader; a celebrity Laird looking to create his Gaelic island utopia. The transfer to community ownership hatched on Eigg is arguably the most captivating example of Scottish land reform. "Our shows were packed at Vintage and it's a good feeling to have your theatre friends support and vote for you," Alsup said.

Complete list of our Eigg blog posts

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Denver theatre troupe takes Scotland by storm

Here's an article in the Denver Post on Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 about our short run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Summer. How nice, thank you Julie for the placement and Kim for your snapshot!
Denver Post newspaper clipping about Eigg Musical

Saturday, September 2, 2023

2023 Eigg the Musical Scrapbook

Creating Eigg the Musical started back in 2017 when an article appeared in the Guardian about the community buyout of the Isle of Eigg. Six years later we debuted our show at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the last performance was at Greenside @ Riddles Court on August 12th. We delivered nine shows over the course of two weeks and many of them were sold out. Use the link below to look over the scrapbook we put together. It includes pictures that go all the way back to the beginning of the project.
2023 Eigg the Musical Scrapbook
2023 Eigg the Musical Scapbook
Everyone enjoyed the show and perhaps our small troupe from Denver most of all. Many from the group had never been out of the country before, but everyone was enthusiastic for the experience; after all, the Edinburgh theatre festival is the largest performing arts festival on the planet. Creating a new Musical takes a long time and if you strive for excellence you'll need to find people who know their craft and work well with other people. We were a tight knit group and we all understood that there is much more that we can do together than we could ever do on our own. Music theatre is ephemeral by nature, but it's nice to be able to look back at all the milestones you pass when creating a new musical theatre show.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

It takes a village to stand up a new musical

It really does take a village to bring a new musical to life and we wanted to thank all the wonderful people and organizations from all across Colorado who provided support and helped enhance our experience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. There are just so many moving parts to these sorts of things, so I hope we didn't forget anyone. Your generosity and support was amazing and something we'll never forget. Thank you from all of us! 🎭

Monday, August 14, 2023

Eigg the Musical - Reviews from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The reviews are coming out on Eigg the Musical:

***** 5 STARS *****
"This show has great potential to be something big. It tells an important story and is expertly performed. It is an ultimate show of the power of community, telling an important story of Scotland's history. Could this be Scotland’s next Sunshine on Leith?"
Abi Whitefield - The Scots Reviewer

Read the complete review - PDF

"I heartily agree with the reviewer!" Justin Hay - Toronto, Canada


"The Hebridean story of the Eigg community and hopes of creating a Gaelic utopia are brilliantly told and wonderfully performed. Well worth the ticket."

Posted in Edinburgh Inquirer - August 14, 2023

"Eigg the Musical: Before we even talk about how great this show is, I just have to mention that the cast is full of wonderful people. So down to earth and so talented! The show itself is AMAZING. The music is awesome, the story is lovely, and it’s chock full of humor, love, and strength. If you want to see a wonderful musical based on a true story, this is the one!" 
Dan Lentell - Get Your Coats On - EdFestivals 2023 - Edinburgh, Scotland
Broadway World selected Eigg the Musical  as a top ten show you really don't want to miss at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and their readers clearly agreed as  Broadway World announces the "peoples' choice" award winners!  Eigg the Musical was selected as "Best New Musical" & "Best Musical" of 2023.  Awards included "Best Director" and "Best Supporting Actor." Thank you Broadway World! 

Eigg show friends from Ayr Scotland
"Eigg the musical was fabulous with great storytelling of the history of that little island.Joyce Staniard Bell - Ayr, Scotland 

"We really enjoyed it! There were some great singers in the cast, it's a great story about the community buy out of Eigg.Wendy Weatherby - Edinburgh, Scotland."

"Brilliant! thank you for bringing this show to the festival.Ian MacGowan - Aberdeen, Scotland"

"It’s really good and entertaining! You should tour it around the Highlands and Islands! I met Keith Schelenburg in the 80s. I worked for the Council. He sent his little plane to fly me from Fort William. The pilot was Patrick Burns. We flew from Camisky. He had really ambitious ideas for the island.Ken Johnston - Highlands, Scotland"

"What a refreshing, hilarious and beautifully written musical." David Hewitson - Glasgow, Scotland

"Never a dull moment, we really enjoyed your show.Sandy Byrne - Carnwath, Scotland"

"Really enjoyed watching your show....loved the music and choreography....and hats off to Lord Skillington for wearing that Aran jumper in such a warm space!"  Stewart Furini - East Sussex, England