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.
As a writer, there are times when you just seem stuck - no matter how hard you work, nothing seems to be coming out, or in the way you want it to. The flow isn't there, the inspiration is missing, or it's just a case of everything seems "bleugh". In this podcast, Drew gives 7 tips on what to do when you're faced with the dreaded Writer's Block, and how you can find your way out of it. The podcast also features three songs from Drew's own catalogue, two of which never made it to a musical and came out of his own struggles with writing.
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 Life, A Different Normal, The Impossible Princess and his brand new musical Electric Dreams.
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.