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What Matters Most: The Music of Alan and Marilyn Bergman

What Matters Most CD CoverIt takes something quite exceptional for me to wax lyrically about a new song on a new release CD, let alone an entire CD – and this is one of those rare instances.

Barbra Streisand’s new album, What Matters Most, an album celebrating the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman is simply stunning.  Everything about this album from the interpretive pinnacle reached by Ms. Streisand; the sublime, intelligent and quixotic lyrics of the Bergmans, to the music of the likes of Michel Legrand, Lew Spence, Dave Grusin (the list goes on) makes this truly one release worth spending a few moments to review.

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Cyril Ornadel: The Doyen of British Musical Theatre Direction

Pickwick LP Cover
I just have to note the passing of the great British Musical Director and Composer, Cyril Ornadel (1924-2011) who passed away on June 22.

Cyril Ornadel (born 2 December 1924) was a British conductor, songwriter and composer chiefly in musical theatre.  Born in London, he studied at the Royal College of Music.  As well as being musical director for a number of major West End shows, he composed several musicals of his own, including Pickwick (1963) (lyrics by Leslie Bricusse), starring Sir Harry Secombe, Great Expectations (1975) starring Sir John Mills; both adapted from Charles Dickens, and Treasure Island (1973) adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson. Great Expectations and Treasure Island (both with lyrics by Hal Shaper) were designated Best British Musical at the Ivor Novello Awards. Continue Reading →

The Craft of Writing Musical Theatre – PART 1

Keyboard_ComputerThe development of new Musicals in Australia is in its infancy.  This is an indisputable fact, however egregious when compared against the lineage of development opportunities in America.  With real longitudinal commitment to this perennially diverse and popular theatrical Art form, the two main live and broadcast rights collection agencies (BMI and ASCAP respectively) in the USA have seen the tangible and significant benefits of their investment in supporting writers of ‘Broadway’ Musicals. Continue Reading →