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    Archive for the ‘Lyricist’ Category

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    Video Podcast – Wait a Bit – Part 1 of 5

    The award-winning songwriting team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have been writing musicals for over twenty years. Their second musical, Just So, is based on the Rudyard Kipling stories, and features one of my favourite numbers, Wait a Bit. In this, the first VotM video podcast, George and Anthony talk about how the song came […]


    George Stiles and Anthony Drewe – video teaser

    For our first video podcast, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe kindly agreed to discuss the evolution of the beautiful ballad ‘Wait a Bit’, from Just So The Musical. Here’s a short teaser – watch this space for the full interview.


    VotM #6 Tim Minchin

    Comedian Tim Minchin won a Perrier Award for Best Newcomer, before touring with a symphony orchestra and fronting the inaugural BBC Comedy Prom. The RSC paired him up with Dennis Kelly to write Matilda the Musical, which recently broke Olivier Award history by scooping seven titles. I went to meet Tim in his studio, and […]


    VotM #5 Sandy Wilson

    Perhaps the our most venerable British writer, Sandy Wilson began composing for the West End in the late 1940’s. The intimate and delightful pastiche show The Boy Friend became a runaway hit. I speak to Sandy about post-war optimism, Julie Andrews, and whether luck really exists.  


    Tim Minchin – video trailer

    Coming soon – our interview with Tim Minchin, composer of hit musical ‘Matilda’. (Warning: it’s a little bit sweary)  


    VotM #3 Charles Hart

    In this interview, we talk to Charles Hart, the lyricist of the most successful entertainment of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. I spoke to Charles shortly after the Royal Albert Hall extravaganza celebrating Phantom’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Click this link to see George Orwell’s rules for effective writing, cited in the interview. […]


    VotM #2 Peter Sham and Brad Carroll

    Lend Me a Tenor is a terrific new musical that started life in Utah, and endedĀ up on the stage of the Gielgud Theatre this summer. We trace its journey, and that of its creative team, Peter Sham and Brad Carroll, and along the way we learn about what makes a good collaboration, the transition from […]


    VotM #1 Richard Stilgoe

    My first interview is with the incredibly versatile songwriter Richard Stilgoe, who wrote the lyrics to mega-hit Starlight Express, and additional lyrics for Phantom of the Opera and Cats. He talks here about university comedy with John Cleese, his amazing charity the Orpheus Centre, and coming second to the Beatles in a rock competition. I […]