Celebrating the release of the Any Moment ‘Studio Concept Recording’, Melbourne will get the exclusive first look at a new work from award winning writer/performer Bradley McCaw. Featuring an all-star cast including John O’Hara (School of Rock, #VAL) and Helpmann winner Kerrie-Anne Greenland (Les Miserables, Pictures) and the writer himself, Bradley McCaw (Becoming Bill).
Set over the course of 24 hours, the work begins at Midnight on New Years Eve, and moves throughout a single town, hearing stories from various individuals, as the clock tumbles toward Midnight and a New Year. Inspired by hit musicals like ‘Songs for A New World,’ and ‘Closer Than Ever,’ Any Moment is proof of the new generation of Australia writers and artists bringing exciting world class independent works to stage here. Come and see it for yourself! FIRST. Before New York & London.
Musical Direction by Shannon Whitelock.
As part of Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
Saying the last year has been big would be a hilarious understatement! But we've reached another milestone here folks... Making A Musical is LIVE!
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Thankyou to everyone who has worked on the show to now... We have a long way to go before we finish Season One and release these episodes to your ears... But we've begun... Hope you enjoy it as much as I have making it.
It's been a while. Sorry for the radio silence. My team and I have been working very hard behind the scenes to complete the ANY MOMENT concept cast recording. Included below are some photos. Can't wait to share more with you soon! Brad
We're excited to announce Bradley is busy working on his the SCORE to a new Australia film called EMMA, directed by Kevin Spink.
More news to come on this exciting project!
Taken from previous Blog entry.
What do we all have in common? Maths. And underpants.
That was the beginning of silly idea I had for a play. A fun one. That kids would love to sit and watch - in which we would sneakily teach them about thinking and maths. Cue the evil laugh!!
I have had the pleasure to have several works performed around the world. My latest work DETECTIVE SMART & THE MATHEMATICAL UNDERPANTS toured Queensland, Australia produced by Queensland Music Festival and Old Fashioned Production Co.
It was a pleasure to work with performers Mary Eggleston and Matthew Filkins, and Laura Bonner and lizzie Moore from Queensland Music Festival Youth Touring in creating the show - from idea to the rehearsal room to sending it out into the world - working on a new project with passionate, intelligent people is something I will, probably, never tire off!
As I embark on my next project; Original Concept Recording of a new musical ANY MOMENT, I am so thrilled with the reception the show is getting from students and school around Australia. And it all started with a silly idea of someone stealing underpants. I can’t say more than that - cause it will ruin the twist! You’ll just have to see the show...
Till next time,
Detective Smart has had a perfect career – 114 cases solved – working all around the world – but this case has him stumped. A mystery will soon close down the local school and the principal begs him to help! How?…link these clues detectives!
Students are getting top grades on the hardest surprise test ever, countless mysteriously missing clothes (some of which, so stinky, they need not be found) and worst of all, a secret club that is controlling all things from the underground basement…but how? Why? Can Detective Smart link these facts and beat the odds?!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us on this top secret case. The show relies on student’s hunches and problem-solving skills to find clues and discover breakthroughs to help Detective Smart solve the mystery. Using mathematical concepts, this delightful show promotes teamwork, creative thinking and an appreciation of using your mind and instincts.
Musical Theatre Review
Reviewed by Nick Wakeham
Highlights From Becoming Bill by Bradley McCaw is a new musical theatre recording featuring performances by some of Australia’s finest performers.
Bill’s life is going nowhere. Sure, he is stuck in a dead-end job and his family life is frustrating, but things could be worse… Right? Okay sure, his brother James hasn’t left the couch in four days and his girlfriend Kimberly has broken up with him four times over the past three years, the last of which was last week! Yes, his mother Jane won’t stop looking through old picture albums and talking of the past. Doesn’t she understand, Bill doesn’t want to remember his childhood? He doesn’t care that he grew up without father and they were poor and unhappy. He just wants to get on with his life. When Bill gets a phone call from a theatre company asking him to write a new musical for an upcoming season, he struggles to find any inspiration. Ultimately deciding to base it upon his real life and family, he unknowingly disturbs the fragile space between them. As Bill searches for something ‘interesting’ to write about, he discovers their lives are not as simple and dull as they first appeared.
That is the synopsis to this specially commissioned musical which won the 2016 New Musicals Australia Snapshot Award.
The recording features performances by Peter Cousens (Chris on the original international symphonic recording of Miss Saigon), Natalie O’Donnell (currently touring Australia with Mamma Mia!), Kathryn McIntyre (Ladies in Black, national tour of Australia), Tom Oliver (international tour with Velvet and Marcia Hines) and Bradley McCaw (international tours with The Ten Tenors).
It is always very satisfying to know that there is talent out there writing new material and pushing the boundaries in musical theatre.
You can tell from listening to this highlights album that Bradley McCaw has a great future ahead of him, not only as a superb vocalist but also with excellent writing talent.
The highlights only show a little of what this piece is capable of and I do wish that the rest of the tracks had been included, as these eight musical numbers leave you wanting more.
Who knows… maybe we will get the chance to hear the complete musical one of these days.
"THE GAME" will receive it's Western Australian Premiere after being announced as one of three works presented by Phoenix Theatre in 2018. We can't wait to see this new production!
Phoenix Theatre are excited to announce their 2018 line-up
Disney’s Mulan Jr.
The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan.
Coming to Phoenix Theatre in March 2018
Be More Chill
based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.
Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk?
Coming to Phoenix Theatre in May 2018
An Australian play written by Bradley McCaw.
“The Game” is an epic comedy/fantasy where two siblings get sucked into the world of video game, fighting crazy (and very funny) characters to save the kingdom of ‘Farnawee’ from an evil queen. The play explores the importance of family in the modern day, and questions what role technology plays in keeping a family together. Think ‘Monty Python’ meets ‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Lord of The Rings.’
Coming to Phoenix Theatre in August 2018
DAVID GARDETTE — NOVEMBER 20, 2017
The Game is available for purchase and license at Australianplays.com
Bradley McCaw talks Highlights from Becoming Bill
by Jacki Turner
Having first embarked on the journey of writing Becoming Bill in 2010, award-winning Australian actor and writer Bradley McCaw is celebrating the release of the show’s official cast recording, Highlights from Becoming Bill.McCaw, an unemployed actor at the time, was approached in 2010 by organisation Joymas Creative to write a musical.
“I’d never written anything before, so I was reluctant, but eventually I took on the job. Because I had NO experience, I based the show on my life,” McCaw says.
“The presentation sold out and people loved the music, so I decided it was worth improving. It took me another seven years, learning about the craft of storytelling and creating musicals to know how to complete the show.”
The cast recording, which includes McCaw as one of the vocalists, also showcases some of Australia’s finest talent, including musical theatre legends Peter Cousens and Natalie O’Donnell, who is currently staring as Donna in the Australian tour of Mamma Mia! Alongside Cousens and O’Donnell, the record also includes the extremely talented Kathryn McIntyre and Tom Oliver.
“I was fortunate to see Natalie O’Donnell in Songs For A New World (Blue Saint) and was moved to tears, several times, by the production. Her rendition of ‘Are You Happy?’ on the record is one of my personal favourites,” McCaw says, when asked about working with featured artists.
“Like many others I grew up listening to Peter Cousens on the Miss Saigon Symphonic Recording, so to work with him was not only a personal thrill, but to be remotely connected with his tremendous legacy is a huge privilege. Both Kathryn McIntyre and Tom Oliver are incredible artists and creatives, and they bring such authenticity and vulnerability to their performances.”
Although the show originally told the story of an unemployed actor, McCaw ultimately decided that this angle wasn’t dramatic enough for the stage. Throughout the seven years it then took to perfect Becoming Bill, the plot and themes slowly evolved to imitate McCaw’s own life, eventually forming the intriguing story of one man called upon to write a musical.
“At its heart, Becoming Bill is about how people relate to and try to live in each others’ world. Our entry into this story is Bill, who has been asked to write a musical, which he does – about his life and family, and this upsets the fragile space between them all which…of course…means, people need to sing songs about their feelings!”
Highlights from Becoming Bill is now available for streaming and purchase on Spotify and Apple Music.
To keep up to date with Bradley McCaw, you can find him on Facebook and at www.bradleymccaw.com.
A generous touch of the larrikin, Bradley McCaw reminds me of a cheeky John Farnham with a pinch of Elton John and rather oddly, a taste of The Whitlams (it’s the piano perhaps). On September 19, the former Ten Tenors crooner gathered a buzzing crowd around him at Brisbane’s funky new Jazz joint The Doo Bop Bar to launch ‘Highlights from Becoming Bill’, a studio album featuring fine Australian performers such as Peter Cousens, Natalie O’Donnell, Kathryn McIntyre and Tom Oliver. The collective is tasked with giving tonsil-time to McCaw’s acclaimed 2010 musical-in-progress ‘Becoming Bill’.
Bradley would charm the socks off your mother and easily works the crowd, egging them on for sign-a-long choruses and as the star performer, he is also very generous with praise of his cast. The pieces are reminiscent of contemporary musical classics such as Rent (in particular ‘Let’s Not Have This Fight’ performed by Kathryn McIntyre). McIntyre’s (Ladies in Black) effortless vocal range wallpapers the room with her dusty notes. ‘Becoming Bill’ is based around the life of Bill (Bradley McCaw), a 25-year-old struggling actor who can’t seem to get his life together. The audience meets Bill five years into his difficult relationship with Kimberley (played by McIntyre).
McCaw has some impressive runs on the board, playing alongside such names as Bernard Fanning and Pete Murray and performing leads in productions such as Miss Saigon and Sweeney Todd but he obviously gets a real kick out of writing his own material and delivering his stories to a room full of new friends.
To listen to some of the performers or to find out more about the show (or purchase the album) head to McCaw’s website www.bradleymccaw.com and keep your eyes peeled on social media for upcoming events. Hopefully, we’ll see the full musical on stage soon!
Author: Sonny Clarke
Sometimes, the experience of musical theatre can be so special as to leave you in want of a thesaurus to do its distinction justice. With its combination of creative talents, “Highlights from Becoming Bill” by Bradley McCaw offers a take-home version of this with its tell of an ordinary family confronting the ghosts from their past as Bill, a first time writer, struggles to write a musical.
Bill is a pretty decent guy. When he gets a phone call from a theatre company asking him to write a new musical for an upcoming season, he struggles to find any inspiration before deciding to base it upon his real life and family. As Bill searches for something ‘interesting’ about which to write, he discovers their lives are not as simple and dull as they first appeared.
Recorded in three studios around the country, the new musical theatre record features contributions from some of Australia’s finest performers: Peter Cousens, Natalie O’Donnell, Kathryn McIntyre, Tom Oliver and Bradley McCaw in its varied melodic diet. From the sweet melody of ‘Are You Happy?’ by Natalie O’Donnell (soon to be seen in “Mamma Mia”), with a piano accompaniment to savour, to the poignant drama of a reflective ‘Mother and Son’ by Kathryn McIntyre (of “Ladies in Black”), each number allows for a conviction of delivery in enhance of narrative elements.
And when the ‘stage’ is shared, such as in former Ten Tenor McCaw andMcIntyre’s touching, lingering duet, ‘Maybe We’ve Reached it All’, the result is quite glorious in its blend of voices. Indeed, the song is neither too earnest or exposition heavy, yet still manages to carry an emotional punch as its characters determine with haunting lyricism, if they ‘should try again’. In particular, McIntyre’s contribution to the record, shows her immense musical talent, especially in ‘Let’s Not Have This Fight’ (all right?), a compelling upbeat number that soars as a standout, in that “Wicked” type way, thanks also to the personality of McCaw’s piano accompaniment.
After seven years of development, art appears to be imitating life; “Becoming Bill” reflects a true time in this emerging artists life, when McCaw was asked to write a musical (his first foray in the area), “Becoming Bill”, which won the 2016 New Musicals Australia Snapshot Award. The production of a musical soundtrack is an art form itself. And in the case of “Highlights from Becoming Bill” the musical compositions allow us to soar along with their talented performers, in that goosebumpy type way. The record will be released nationally later this year but for now can be purchased via www.bradleymccaw.com. If you are the kind of person who sometimes posts musical theatre memes on your Facebook feed (#guilty), then this is the sort of not-so-guilty pleasure you will love.
Blue Curtain - Meredith Walker