Ribchester writer’s debut musical set for national tour?

Rick Guard
Rick Guard

It has been a massive year for platinum selling writing duo Rick Guard and Phil Rice after their debut musical ‘Stop the Train’ steamrolled its way towards success.

The musical is a life-affirming and uplifting dark comedy that follows a group of workers on a busy commuter train who have their dreams and ambitions awakened by the unorthodox behaviour of a mysterious passenger.

If all goes to plan it should be on the West End in two years

Rick Guard

And now Guard, who lives in Ribchester, and Rice, from Leyland, are in negotiations to take the show on a national tour after it received rave reviews in Lancashire.

From the very beginning of the musical’s journey Rick and Phil had a TV crew following their every move as the musical is set to be the subject of a Channel 4 TV programme.

The documentary has been produced by BAFTA & EMMY award winning documentary maker Chris Swann and will chart the progress of a fledgling musical from its very beginnings in Lancashire to London’s West End.

Getting the musical to the West End is the writing duo’s dream and Rick revealed how his and Phil’s journey to international stardom started in a physcology lecture at Runshaw College.

He said: “I started singing at school, I was in all the choirs and in bands from the age of 15. I met Phil Rice at Runshaw and we have worked together since we were 17.

“We got chatting in the lecture and we went into the music rooms the next day and started making music. It was pretty awful! But that is how you learn.

“We went our separate ways when we were at university but we reunited afterwards.

“We did start a band together and waited best part of nine years to get a record deal.

“We spent five or six years travelling around most of the world. But we have always wanted to write a musical.

“If all goes to plan it should be on the West End in two years.”

Rick is an English contemporary jazz singer and songwriter and the 2002 song he wrote with Phil – Stop It (I Like It!) – reached number five in the Spanish charts and was a Top 20 hit in 10 other countries.