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Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by sephyr 2012-08-26 03:39:14


Who are some of your favorite composers who have never really made it to Broadway or who you know of locally? You can share his or her website and youtube videos :)

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by henrikegerman 2012-08-26 10:22:32


In a very theatrical vein?: Rufus Wainwright.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by darquegk 2012-08-26 12:09:08


Wainwright is fantastic, I'd love to hear a musical from him. Ditto for Paul Steel if we're going obscure, and Alice Cooper, if we're going mainstream.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by anmiller07 2012-08-26 13:38:02


I know many people don't like him because all of his music sounds similar....but I really, really LOVE all of Scott Alan's compositions.

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Posted by tazber 2012-08-26 13:44:59


I like Scott Alan in small doses. David Friedman has written some wonderful songs.

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Posted by darquegk 2012-08-26 14:02:29


Benoit Jutras, one of the composers for Cirque du Soleil, does some fantastic work. One of my favorite records is a soundboard bootleg of the entire score to "Quidam." The cast recording, or soundtrack, or whatever you want to call it, for the show doesn't accurately reflect the music at all. It's partially a remix album and partially an album of reinterpretations of the music. But to really hear the way the compositions sound, you kind of have to watch the DVD or find a soundboard.

Have there been any other musicals or movies where the cast recording or soundtrack album only minutely reflects the actual score? The only one I can think of is "Turn Off The Dark."

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Posted by CalebMeyer 2012-08-26 14:17:07


I really love some of Jeff Blumenkrantz's stuff, especially his settings of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry. But I love everything Millay, so I might be a little biased...

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Posted by tomatlcm 2012-08-26 14:27:36


I really love Ryan Scott Oliver and Lance Horne but my favourite non broadway songwriters are the british Cabaret troupe Fascinating Aida. Their music is a mix of hilarious comedy and serious songs and theyve been going some 28 years so have a serious back catelogue of work. They've been getting quite big on the internet in britain with there songs "cheap flights" and "dogging"
Heres one below

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by dreaming 2012-08-26 14:38:20


I don't think Andre Previn did a Broadway show and he would be up there on my list.

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Posted by yankeefan7 2012-08-26 14:51:32


Phillip Glass and Paul McCartney

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Posted by CaissieFan101 2012-08-26 15:02:47


Scott Alan. The end.

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-08-26 18:47:26


"In a very theatrical vein?: Rufus Wainwright."

Did you hear his opera?

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Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2012-08-26 20:05:57


Andre Previn did in fact do a Broadway show - Coco, in 1969. Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, and starring Katherine Hepburn.

He also did an opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire...Eric, I know you're a big Tennessee Williams fan - are you familiar? I'm curious to know what it's like.

Threadjack alert.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by dreaming 2012-08-26 20:14:24


Jay-I'm familiar with that opera. (But it's an opera not a musical.)

I didn't know about Coco so I retract.

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Posted by Addison D. 2012-08-26 20:34:02


I'm a big fan of Steve Lutvak. Who's not an amateur, but is not yet a Broadway Composer.

All 39 of his YouTube videos are lousy--if I can find a decent link I will post it.

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Posted by CalebMeyer 2012-08-26 21:43:14


Did anyone here see Rufus Wainwright's opera, Prima Donna? Was it truly as bad as the NYTimes article made it out to be?

Sorry for threadjacking :)

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-08-26 21:54:28


Kerrigan and Lowdermilk are absolutely wonderful.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by AEA AGMA SM 2012-08-27 02:00:09


"He also did an opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire...Eric, I know you're a big Tennessee Williams fan - are you familiar? I'm curious to know what it's like."

Lyric Opera of Chicago is doing a very short run of Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire in the spring, with Renee Fleming returning to the role of Blanche (she did the premiere production at San Francisco Opera). But in order to get tickets you basically have to become a season subscriber because they are only doing something like four performances.

I really liked it when I saw it, though I don't think it plays as well on disc as it does on stage. The San Francisco production was also recorded and released on DVD, which is now out of print, but still going for very reasonable prices on Amazon for both new and used copies from their re-sellers.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by Wynbish 2012-08-27 02:02:36


Adam Gwon

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Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2012-08-27 02:25:50


André Previn also wrote the music (to Johnny Mercer lyrics) for a musical adaptation of "The Good Companions". Whilst it's not a Broadway show, it did play in the West End with Judi Dench and was performed at the York Theatre in NYC in 2001. A cast recording is available.

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Posted by dreaming 2012-08-27 08:07:18


The opera of "A Streetcar Named Desire" will also make its New York debut this coming spring with that same cast at Carnegie Hall.

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Posted by theobsessed 2012-08-27 09:52:58


I know that all of these have been mentioned on this thread already, but Scott Alan, Ryan Scott Oliver, and Kerigan/Lowdermilk are some of my favorites. I've also recently started listening to a lot of Adam Gwon and he has some really exciting stuff.

If this thread had come out a few months ago I would've put Pasek and Paul, but now with A Christmas Story and Dogfight coming to Broadway it looks like they finally made it big, and I couldn't be more happy for them!

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Posted by Jay Lerner-Z 2012-08-27 14:24:06


Thanks AEA - I didn't know about the DVD, I must track it down.
I'd love to see Renee Fleming in the part!

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by latitudex1 2012-08-27 17:34:09


There's a little contemporary musical theater blog, of course, and they're having a little feature on the top 20 new songs in musical theater (contemporarymusicaltheatre.wordpress.com). It's a pretty nice look at where we're heading in American musical theater for the next little while.

It's filled with post-Sondheim in the vein of Jason Robert Brown, William Finn and LaChuisa. Less tuneful or hummable melodies, completely composed through (every chord is unique, every note has a meaning), impactful ballads, difficult to sing, etc. It's a really fun, if angsty, time in musical theater if you're into that stuff. Gone are the toe-tapping days of yore, or the nasally Europop of a couple decades ago.

As far as favorites go, I really connect to Kooman and Dimond, Georgia Stitt, and Jonathan Reid Gealt.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by Addison D. 2012-10-27 04:29:17


A shout-out to my nominee--Steve Lutvak--in honor of Christopher Isherwood's enthusiastic review of 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder' in the NYT.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by jv92 2012-10-27 11:30:00


Non-Broadway composers? Carlisle Floyd (opera), Stevie Wonder, Laura Nyro (pop songwriters)

There are others, but those come to mind right away. I wouldn't call some of the songwriters who haven't "made it big" yet amateurs, though. They're writing on a professional level, yet "professional"producers haven't given them a chance yet.

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Posted by tazber 2012-10-27 11:39:04


There was a composer who generously posted a free download of the cast recording of his musical on here a year or two ago.

The show was called Placebo and the composer's name is Danny Abosch. I don't know if the show had any success but I genuinely loved his score.

Definitely a name I'm always on the lookout for.

If you're out there Danny, good luck!

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Posted by Quiche2 2012-10-27 11:47:55


Me. My friend and I wrote a musical called "Alice". It's a new take on Alice in Wonderland. We produced it at a local park in our town. The 29 people who bought tickets seemed to enjoy it.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by BroadwayChica 2012-10-27 12:00:49


Peter Foley

http://www.hellagoodmusic.com

Annoying that he's not a household name by now. Infuriatingly talented.

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by dreaming 2012-10-27 12:04:12


For your consideration, Thomas Ades, whose opera version of The Tempest is garnering amazing reviews. (Going to see it later in its run and I'll report back-what I've sampled I loved.)

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by humbugfoto 2012-10-27 16:47:26


I wish John Williams had written an opera or a Broadway show (a good one, that is. "Thomas and the King" is pretty forgettable).

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by g.d.e.l.g.i. 2012-10-29 01:53:01


Seconding Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2012-10-29 02:11:11


I still can't believe that Jimmy Webb hasn't had a show on Broadway yet. I love his songwriting, anyway, but as he makes clear in his book on composing, he seems to grasp the differences between pop writing and theatre writing.

He's written a number of musicals, and a few songs have been released, like on Michael Feinstein's excellent Webb album. There have been regional productions of his adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine--which I'd love to hear in full. And of course he was involved in two Michael Bennett productions that never made it--The Children's Crusade, and Scandal (which I'd *love* to hear).

Since this thread has been bumped, I see that I missed Jay asking me what I thought of Previn's adaptation of Streetcar Named Desire. Unfortunately, it doesn't really work for me--at least on DVD (and yet I liked it enough, I guess, to buy the DVD). The music is interesting, but I just don't think the piece gains anything by becoming an opera (and Williams' had enough music in his language, that setting, often comparitvely banal, lyrics to opera robs a lot of the work's poetry). I also find Fleming unintentionally hilarious in a few parts (in the book When Blanche Met Brando, the author is VERY hard on the work--he hates it--but he does give some funny quotes from Fleming which suggest she didn't get the character at all).

I don't know if Williams would ever work musicalized (as a musical or an opera). I know a couple of William Inge plays have had somewhat successful opera adaptations (though the musical of Picnic was a big flop), and they share similar qualities, so I could be wrong. I would be curious to hear the opera version of Summer and Smoke that Lanford Wilson did the libretto for (I can't even remember who composed it).

Your Favorite Amateur/Non-Broadway Composers??
Posted by perfectlymarvelous 2012-10-29 03:04:08


My favorites are probably Jeff Blumenkrantz and Kerrigan-Lowdermilk. I also like Carner and Gregor's work that I've heard, as well as Lance Horne.

I've been really loving Kerrigan-Lowdermilk in particular recently. I think they write really well as far as communicating what it's like and how it feels to be young without writing in a way that only appeals to people who are that age, if that makes any sense. I do like some of Pasek and Paul's work but I also think that sometimes it's the sort of thing where you can tell they were writing for college-age people and it can be a little lacking in maturity (and I say this as someone who is 21 and in college).

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Posted by Link Larkin Wanabe 2012-10-29 10:59:01


I'd love to make a case for some awesome Canadian writers whose work might be lesser known internationally. While several Canadian shows have made it to the Great White Way (Anne of Green Gables, Drowsy Chaperone, Story of My Life), the majority remains our little secret.

I recomend looking into the work of:
Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey (Little Mercy's First Murder, Tristan, Maria Severa): http://www.jaypaulproject.com

Jonathan Monro (Variations on a Nervous Breakdown): http://www.jonathanmonro.com

Zachary Florence (The Passion of Hugo Adele, Experimental Selves): http://zacharyflorence.com/

And if I can be so self indulgent as to shill myself and my writing partner, you can check out our website: http://www.colleenandakiva.com and our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheCollabos

-Akiva