Writing For Musical Theatre
Monday, 25 February 2013 from 17:30 to 20:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Writing for Musical Theatre
Have you ever wondered how musical theatre is written? Our esteemed panellists will discuss musicals they’ve worked on and take us through the music writing process, including the art of co-writing and collaboration. This event will focus on the crafts of composition, song-writing, orchestration and music preparation.
The panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by a reception with a chance to meet some of the speakers, MU officials and your fellow MU members.
The panel features:
During a 30-year career with lyricist Anthony Drewe, George has composed the musicals: ‘Betty Blue Eyes’, ‘Soho Cinders’, the Olivier Award winning ‘Honk!’ as well as new songs for the Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure’, ‘Just So’, and ‘Tutankhamun’.
With lyricist Paul Leigh, George has also composed ‘Moll Flanders’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, and ‘Tom Jones’. Other work includes the music for Sam Mendes’ ‘Twelth Night’ and ‘Uncle Vanya’ (Donmar Warehouse and BAM), and songs for the RSC's ‘Shakespeare Revue’. He was also Dame Edna Everage's composer and Musical Director in 1995.
Jill had her first taste of music preparation on a show back in 1983, courtesy of Chris Walker. Jill says “It was a baptism of fire into the frantic world of fixes and re-writes that constitutes the creation of most new musicals. I loved it - and still do - 30 years on!”
Since that time, Jill has worked on many West End shows and musical productions worldwide, including ‘Betty Blue Eyes’ with George Stiles. She also specialises in music copying and project supervision for numerous major film music recordings – for example ‘Skyfall’ and ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in 2012.
Chris has orchestrated many West End and Broadway shows in his long career including ‘Tomfoolery’, ‘The Boy Friend’, ‘Me and My Girl’, ‘Gigi’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘The Secret Garden’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Aladdin’ (at The Old Vic), ‘Acorn Antiques’, ‘Imagine This’, ‘Lend Me A Tenor’ and, most recently, ‘Top Hat’.
Christopher was nominated twice for the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations. He also orchestrated the last two productions at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park ‘Into The Woods’ and ‘Ragtime’. Christopher is looking forward to being outdoors again this summer with their production of ‘The Sound Of Music’.
The panel will be chaired by
MU Senior London Regional Organiser
Places are open to MU members only and are free of charge.
Please only register if you are sure you are able to attend as places are strictly limited and on a first come first served basis.
With best wishes,
The MU London Team
When & Where
Live Music Exchange in Partnership with the Musicians' Union
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