MUSICAL THEATRE HAS NEVER BEEN BIGGER. WITH BROADWAY'S 2017 BOX OFFICE SURPASSING $1.5 BILLION FOR THE FIRST TIME (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) AND AWARD-WINNING FILM PHENOMENA LIKE FROZEN, GREATEST SHOWMAN, AND LA LA LAND - THE WORLD IS RUSHING TO SEATS AROUND THE GLOBE TO RAISE IT'S JAZZ HANDS AND SING 'HOW DO WE SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA!?'
Yet at a closer glance only 5% of the shows created are responsible for the high grossing revenue - the remainder close early, out of town or in the case for most original musicals in Australia, wander aimlessly through the Outback desert waiting to be discovered. The early composers almost single-handedly opened the door for tin pan alley and the evolution of popular music. It’s responsible for giving us household names like Bette. Audra. Patti. Mandy. Sondheim. Lloyd-Webber. What can composers do today to find similar success and how has the industry changed?
Making a Musical will ask questions and try to understand why people love musicals; What is about them that has people travel all around the world to see them?
In this exploration of The Great American Art Form, BRADLEY MCCAW (Award-winning writer/performer/ lecturer) travels to New York (USA), London (UK), TBC (Japan) and Melbourne (Australia) to ask Industry greats first hand - what does it actually take to make a great musical. He will sit with those who are at the forefront of making musicals, try to unpack how the industry works here in Australia and abroad and figure out why we can't make musicals like other places in the world. What don't we have - that they have in NYC, London, and Asia?