“FIGHT THE FIGHT” is the debut single by Robert Lonsdale, and is the first recording from the new musical From Here To Eternity. Written by Oscar-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice and composer Stuart Brayson, the song is being released on December 8th to coincide with the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on which the show is based. Robert Lonsdale is a multi-talented actor and performer, and is making his musical-theatre debut in From Here To Eternity. His previous work includes Anna Christie (Donmar Warehouse) and La Bete (West End/Broadway), and he has appeared on TV in Coronation Street, Silent Witness and A Passionate Woman.
Lonsdale plays the lead role of Private Prewitt in From Here To Eternity. Few West-End debuts of recent times have provoked such critical acclaim. Time Out described him as “a magnetic lead” adding “he has a fascinating voice, not a million miles away from Jack White’s bluesy yelp – he injects paint-stripper intensity…”. The Independent wrote that he “magnetically conveys the stubborn, passionate individualism of Prewitt”.
Lyricist Sir Tim Rice is one of the most successful songwriters of the last forty years. He has written some of the best-known works in musical theatre history, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Lion King. From Here to Eternity is his first collaboration with composer Stuart Brayson. Ten years in the making, Brayson’s West End debut is the most remarkable of recent times, and was acclaimed by BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review as “one of the best heard in London in many years.”
From Here to Eternity is running at the Shaftesbury Theatre, in London’s West End. Adapted from one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, this brand new musical is directed by Tamara Harvey (The Kitchen Sink, Bush Theatre), designed by Soutra Gilmour (Macbeth, Trafalgar Studios), choreographed by Javier de Frutos (London Road, National Theatre), and has a book by Bill Oakes. Produced by Lee Menzies, the musical opened in November 2013 to some of the best reviews for an original dramatic score in years.