BWW Blog: Ryan Bauer-Walsh of Goodspeed's LMNOP - Interview with Writers, Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell
RBW: Do you have any other projects you are working on currently, or plan to start in the near future?
SB: We do, a new musical that is currently without a name. We are in the legal process of drawing up creative contracts.... but we can say it is country western based. We have written four songs for this piece already and it has been really fun.
PL: It is such a departure from LMNOP, it is nice. It's like getting some barbecue after eating the same apple for a month and a half.
SB: We are in the mood to write some stand alone songs, it will be nice to get back to that.
RBW: Speaking of, you are both known for your cabaret songs, which are hysterical and intelligent, I would dare say that that may be your style? How would you guys brand yourself?
SB: Cabaret was certainly how we started, with these 'stand alone' songs. We feared we would never have serious songs for our song book, because no matter how we tried, we veered off into wacky world, but then we found a way to get a little more serious. Our "Sort of Love songs", are whimsical, we have a unique way of looking at things, as anybody does I suppose. What makes us different these days is actually that we really love structure. Give me an "a,a,b,a"-- I find that structure frees me up, it helps the ear, it makes the listener feel comfortable. We are sort of throwbacks to perfect rhymes. If we had it our way, we would like to have elevated pop music in theatre, where everything can rhyme but not have to be a repeated lyric.
RBW: Symphonic Pop Theatre? That sounds exciting!
SB: Yes! So even if we go with pop music, it is still going to be combined with old musical theatre ideas, but with a more current sound.
RBW: And where can people listen and purchase sheet music for this fantastic music?
SB: http://scottandpaul.com . Listen to audio clips, see some video clips.
It is amazing how small the world has become, so many of our sales are from Australia.
RBW: And finally, any closing thoughts?
PL: We are really looking forward to what is next with LMNOP, and with everything. Take a healthy break and then get back to work!
RBW: Thank you so much guys, it was great chatting with you more!
PL & SB: Thank you!
Well BWW readers, the pumpkins are blooming, so it looks like the next cast is going to have big ol' jack o Lanterns come October!
I can't say I am not a little jealous, but I will do my best to help them along, and harvest what I can as the week winds down!
So till next time, stay excited! -Ryan