Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Hackney Empire are putting on Susie McKenna's Aladdin, with music by Steve Edis. The glorious Clive Rowe is playing Widow Twanky! He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his role in last years Mother Goose.
The show opens on 28th November and runs until 9th January. I can't wait!
But I must get on with another song.
Now that Steve's work on Inherit the Wind is over we have managed to get some time to work on songs for the new show again, before work begins on the Hackney Christmas panto. Last week the National Theatre lent us a rehearsal room, with a piano, to work in so we could meet up in town between other engagements. It was so quiet and cut off in the bowels of the theatre, a perfect place to work, so we got a lot done. Now that there is more music I am beginning to hear the show as well as see it in my mind, which is a very exciting moment. Because the new musical is set in the 1930's we have decided to have a 1930's feel to the songs... both in music and lyrics. I have spent a lot of time reading lyrics of the time, but because it is such a golden era of song writing many of the songs have slipped over into other era's - songs like "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "I've got you Under My Skin". So it has not been as difficult as I had thought to capture the feel. The difficult part was the transition from the style of Possessed, which felt like moving on to a new relationship.