From Inspiration To Stage
Composer Spotlight #2: Meet Vidya Makan

Composer Spotlight #2: Meet Vidya Makan

January 26, 2020

In this second Composer Spotlight, Drew interviews Vidya Makan; Australian composer, writer, actor, and singer!  Vidya talks about her journey as a musical theatre composer, and what inspires her to write.  You'll also hear exclusive live recordings from her song-cycle "My Home Too", and the behind-the-scenes stories of her other works and stage performances.

Ep11 - The Evolution Of A Song

Ep11 - The Evolution Of A Song

January 18, 2020

For the first podcast of 2020, Drew gives you a behind-the-scenes look at his songwriting process, and how a song can change over a period of time.  Featuring "Play With Me" from his acclaimed new show "Electric Dreams: The Musical", Drew traces the song's development, focussing on the purpose and context of its original shape, and then the reasons it changed and adapted over time.  With exclusive never-heard-before demos, and a live recording taken from the most recent staging of the show, this podcast is revealing and insightful.

Ep9 - The 11 O’Clock Number

Ep9 - The 11 O’Clock Number

November 13, 2019

It's the song that sits right at the end of the show, but before the finale: a trope of the "golden age" of musicals where shows began at 8.30pm.  However, what is this mysterious convention and is it used today?  Join Drew on a little journey into the heart of the 11 o'clock number, and hear several songs from his own shows, including "The Impossible Princess", "Marking Life", "Somewhere To Fight For", "Cafe Latte" and an exclusive new song from "Electric Dreams: The Musical".

Ep7 - What Does Being “Successful” Actually Mean?

Ep7 - What Does Being “Successful” Actually Mean?

September 10, 2019

It all began as a totally different podcast, but what came out was a question that seems to permeate our creative life - what does being successful actually mean?  In this podcast, there's no songs and no insights into the writing process.  Rather, it's a honest exploration of the concept of success, and how failure is vital to discovering our own version of success.

Ep6 - The Opening Number

Ep6 - The Opening Number

June 28, 2019

It's the first big number that the audience sees and hears, so what should the Opening Number of a show actually do?  In this podcast, Drew explores the purpose of the opening number and breaks it down into 5 key points.  Listen in and you'll hear exclusive tracks from The Tree Of LifeA Different NormalThe Impossible Princess and his brand new musical Electric Dreams.  

Composer Spotlight #1: Meet Jye Bryant

Composer Spotlight #1: Meet Jye Bryant

June 23, 2019

Welcome to a new branch of From Inspiration To Stage, where we get to meet some of the great up and coming/established composers of the Australian Musical Theatre scene!  In this first "Composer Spotlight" podcast, Drew interviews Jye Bryant, a composer based in Sydney, who has found success with his musicals The Things I Could Never Tell Steven and The Velveteen Rabbit.  Hear exclusive songs from Jye's shows and get behind the mind of this amazing Aussie theatre composer.

Ep5 - Six Lessons I’ve Learned Along The Way

Ep5 - Six Lessons I’ve Learned Along The Way

April 19, 2019

In a very honest and open episode "From Inspiration To Stage", Drew talks about the six key lessons he's learned about writing musicals from writing musicals and features some exclusive demos that have never been heard before.  He reveals some of reasons his very early shows didn't work, while offering a little advice for all musical theatre composers based on his own failures and successes.  

Ep4 - Which Comes First: Music Or Lyrics?

Ep4 - Which Comes First: Music Or Lyrics?

March 2, 2019

It's the age-old question: which comes first?  In this episode, Drew calls on four of Australia's musical theatre composers to answer it, including Cal Siberstein, Caitlyn Burt, Peter J Casey and Jye Bryant.  Together they explore the role of music and lyrics and the process in how a song comes to be created.  The podcast also features songs from "Fairybread", "Ferdinand", "The Things I Could Never Tell Steven", "The Bubble", and an exclusive unreleased track from Drew. 

Ep3 - The “I Want …” Song

Ep3 - The “I Want …” Song

February 9, 2019

In this episode, Drew explores the role of the classic "I Want" song in a musical and is joined by several special guests!  The podcast features songs from several new Australian musicals including Staffroom, Melba, Stalker: The Musical, A Postcard From Coney Island, and Drew's own Electric Dreams: The Musical   We also hear from some of their creators, writers and composers, as they give their perspective on writing the "I Want" song. So join Drew along with Sophie Loughran and Ned Dixon, Nicholas Christo, Alex Giles, and Cal Silberstein, as they explore this classic musical structure.

Ep2 - Planning Out Your Story

Ep2 - Planning Out Your Story

January 13, 2019

In this second episode, Drew explains a simple way to help flesh out your idea.  After all, before you get writing, you need to know where you're going with your story!  This episode also features songs from his youth musicals "A Different Normal" and "Disconnected", as well as tracks from "The Impossible Princess" and the award-winning "Marking Life".

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