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.
It's Christmas, and Drew has broken out the festive cheer by looking at writing ... grinch songs? Yep, that's right: in this Christmas special of "From Inspiration To Stage", Drew talks about the process of writing an anti-Christmas song, complete with exclusive demos from the writer himself. So, get your eggnog and put your feet by the fire (or if you're in Australia, grab a cold one and start the BBQ) and enjoy this lighthearted delve into the Christmas spirit - Grinch-style!
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".