London Road the musical is written based on a real-life event of a serial killer in London Road near Ipswich. The musical is written in the verbatim style – a style of writing where the musical is constructed using the text exactly as recorded in documentaries and interviews. The ‘music’ and lyrics is dictated and mimicked mainly by the rhythm, pace and pitch of the spoken words.
London was a project launched by the National Theatre initially, however, after receiving many positive reviews, the show was taken on a national tour and later in 2015, reworked for a film adaptation which was recently broadcasted on BBC iplayer.
London Road – written by Alecky Blythe (book and lyrics) and Adam Cork (music and Continue reading
Sunday In the Park With George is making its revival on Broadway this season after 11 years. This time starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Geroge and Annaleigh Ashford as Dot.
Sunday In The Park With George Synopsis:
Inspired by George Seurat’s magnificent painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s soaring musical is itself an artistic masterpiece. The musical begins with the story of George and his model and lover Dot. As George struggles to find his artistic voice, he becomes more and more distant from the one woman who truly sees him for who he really is. Meanwhile, the characters that inhabit George’s painting have lives unto themselves, which George captures with his paintbrush. A century later, George and Dot’s descendants, themselves struggling artists, grapple with the same issues of artistic ingenuity, and a public who just doesn’t understand.Through melodic and heartbreaking music, poetic lyrics, and quick, jaunty wit, Sunday in the Park with George reveals universal truths about the nature of art, love, and passion, with the breadth and depth of art’s most enduring masterpieces. (Stageagent)
You can listen to the soundtrack on iTunes or Spotify or on Youtube below…
Young Frankenstein is a musical written by Mel Brooks, who also famously wrote the musical The Producers.
Young Frankenstein is the wickedly inspired re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which sees the creation of a creature that cannot be controlled. When Frederick Frankenstein, a New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a Transylvanian castle and laboratory from his genius, but
deranged grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein, he quickly has some decisions to make.
Facing a scary dilemma, young Frankenstein must choose whether to run from his grandfather’s frightening legacy or to continue to crazily experiment withreanimating the dead. And, in the process, will he fall in love with his sultry lab assistant, Inga? (source)
The show will open at London’s Garrick Theatre on 10 October 2017, with previews from 28 September and its probably a good idea to get to know the show as some of you am sure Continue reading
Honeymoon In Vegas is Jason Robert Brown’s latest musical. It first appeared as a film in 1992 following the same name.
“Mild-mannered Brooklynite, Jack, promised his dying mother that he would never get married, but that was before he met his sweet and beautiful girlfriend, Betsy. Haunted by a fear of Mom’s retribution, Jack avoids proposing but, when he finally summons the nerve to whisk oh-so-patient Betsy off to Las Vegas to get hitched, a dashing gambler named Tommy threatens to sweep his fiancée away to a life of luxury in Hawaii. Realising what he’s about to lose, Jack is determined to do anything to give his love story a happy ending. It all adds up to an action-packed honeymoon that no one will ever forget!” (MTI)
The music follows the older/golden-age classic big band style. I’ve included the soundtrack below, however, if you prefer to purchase the album, you can buy the album from iTunes here or listen to it on Spotify here.
It’s no secret that over the past two years, there’s been a massive hype over Hamilton the musical. However, some of you may not realise that Lin-Manuel Miranda also co-wrote the music and lyrics to Bring It On The Musical. Now that you know this, you might just be able to hear his style of writing in this musical. Don’t some moments just reminds you of In The Heights and Hamilton?
Most of the characters in the musical are high school students, which means the songs such as Killer Instinct and One Perfect Moment are very suitable for a lot of MT students to sing in their early 20s, and they are often popular choices amongst girls.
Check out the following clips and playlist if you are not familiar with the show, but if you are, you may still find it interesting to take a look at the performance from the 2013 Tony Awards Ceremony and the recording session of one of the songs in the videos below.
Tony Awards performance 2013
Cast Recording Session
A short playlist of the cast recording album
Being a fan of his work on Titanic, Death Takes A Holiday is one of the newest musicals of Maury Yeston’s. I must confess that I find the music in this musical is absolutely beautiful! Check out the soundtrack below and see what you think. It’s not the entire musical, but hopefully you get a sense of what it’s like.
This show is currently playing at Charing Cross Theatre until March 2017, here’s a little promo video featuring the number ‘More And More’.
Hi people… I’ve decided to start a new little series called ‘Discovery Tuesday’ as some of you expressed an interest in discovering more song.
‘Discovery Tuesday’ will be a place where I will share a song which I think students should know but they may not know yet. These songs may not be the most recent composition, but hopefully will be something that might be considered as a ‘hidden gem’ to some capacity and be something where you might want to learn and add to your repertoire. 🙂
To start the series off, I’m going to start by introducing you all to ‘Higher’ from Allegiance. Probably a slightly lesser known broadway musical to some, especially across the pond here in Europe, but the song is perfect for the ladies and what a treat it is to hear Lea Salonga singing it too.