Comrade Rockstar

is a new rock musical based on the life of Dean Reed, the Soviet Elvis, with book & lyrics by

Julian Woolford

and music by

Richard John


Reed was an American who defected to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War to become the biggest star behind the Iron Curtain, only to see his life and dreams collapse as Perestroika crumbled the Eastern Bloc.

A glorious collection of West End vocalists were assembled to record ‘Songs From Comrade Rockstar’; starring

Tim Howar

(Rock Of Ages) as Dean Read, with

Kim Ismay

(Mamma Mia),

Caroline Sheen

(Les Mis, Mary Poppins),

Andy Conaghan

(Dirty Rotten Scoundrels),

Lucy Schaufer, Yvette Robinson, Orla Gormley


Katy Secombe.

A concert was presented in 2015, and was met with great response;

‘Comrade Rockstar represents an excellent contribution to new musical theatre’

Musical Theatre Review


  1. Driving Ambition
    Tim Howar
  2. Smallville Colorado
    Tim Howar
  3. Gonna Be
    Tim Howar & Andy Conaghan
  4. My First Love
    Tim Howar
  5. While You Can
    Kim Ismay
  6. Before Goodbye
    Kim Ismay
  7. Minnesota
    Andy Conaghan & Tim Howar
  8. Don’t Go
    Lucy Schaufer
  9. As An American
    Tim Howar & Company
  10. Wonderful Girls
    Tim Howar & Company
  11. Sing Together
    Tim Howar & Company
  12. Happy Ever After
    Caroline Sheen
  13. Comrade Rockstar
    Tim Howar, Yvette Robinson, Orla Gormley & Company
  14. Famous In The USA
    Andy Conaghan
  15. Watching You Walk Away
    Orla Gormley
  16. Pravda
    Katy Secombe
  17. Famous In The USA (Reprise)
    Tim Howar

  18. Bonus Track:
  19. The Mermaid Song
    Caroline Sheen

Released 15th May 2017 - Catalogue No: SimGR-CD033


LISTEN NOW... to a selection of tracks from the album

"the creative team behind this show should be applauded for putting out a surprisingly visceral and inviting cast recording … some good tunes that might as well have been from Dean Reed’s era grant some authenticity to the show … I would be interested in seeing a full-scale production in the future."

Chris Omaweng, LondonTheatre1 ✭✭✭✭

"I was pleasantly surprised! It really got my attention … the cast, as always with SimG Records, is exemplary … hopefully after this wonderful cast recording we may soon actually see a fully-realised production."

Nick Wakeham, Musical Theatre Review

"Comrade Rockstar is full of incredibly talented performances and an incredibly complex character at the centre … motivational rock with comforting and familiar lyrics"

Heather Deacon, Jonathan Baz Reviews

8/10 "Great to see more new writing being promoted by SimG Records. There are some beautiful songs here, not least ‘Happy Ever After’ performed by the always-excellent Caroline Sheen, and also ‘Don’t Go’, performed By Lucy Schaufer … booklet and production from SimG are, as usual, first rate, and there’s a good amount of detail in story and commentary."

Ian Gude, Review Graveyard

"a beguiling musical that you can certainly visualise on a stage … I really loved the incorporation of a gentle Americana … engaging and energetic, Tim Howar on fine form as Reed … on the gorgeous 'Minnesota', Howar and Conaghan combining beautifully … don't be too surprised to hear more about this musical in the future."

Ian Foster, There Ought To Be Clowns