By Mark Shenton
20 Mar 2013
Featuring music and lyrics by Dan Looney, book by Patrick Wilde (based on an original idea by Dan and Reece Looney) and additional lyrics by Reece Looney and Sam Champness, the musical is about a group of people who come to The Confession Room to spill their most embarrassing confessions and stories; a way of getting it off of their chest in front of a group of strangers rather than the humiliation they may face in telling their friends.
According to press materials, "There are confessions of all types: from hysterical stories to unbelievable tales, from sexual fantasies to moments of grief; the show is a message of how not to bottle up your feelings. But can the counsellor Caroline get over her own personal problems? And can she cope with new member Oliver whose opinions begin to divide the group - but won't reveal why he is in the room himself?"
Also featured on the recording are Matthew Rowland, Devon Johnson, Joshua Lovell, Rebecca-Jayne Davis, Natalie Bush, Steven bush, Ben Fenner and Stephanie Clift.
The album will also feature a 30-strong ensemble cast, made up of past and present musical theatre students from Arts Educational Schools, London, plus a ten-piece band led by musical supervisor Timothy Evans and orchestrator and band musical director Florian Cooper.
The Confession Room is the debut musical for Dan Looney. He has previously written music for Judy, The Righteous (Trafalgar Studios, West End and King's Head Theatre, London), and is the composer on Oil & Trouble. As a performer, he is currently in the cast of Darling of the Day at London's Union Theatre.