Members in the News


Members in the News: How to Write a Canadian Musical

Academic member Sheridan College has been doing their part to contribute to the new musical theatre landscape through the Canadian Music Theatre Project. Macleans reports on the CMTP process, interviewing composers, including Festival Alumnus Brian Hill (Fest ’07, The Story of My Life), to highlight how Sheridan is uniquely positioned to help writers develop new shows:

Canadian writer Brian Hill (Broadway’s The Story of My Life), who has workshopped two musicals at Sheridan, says the developmental community is “buzzing” about the CMTP. “Michael Rubinoff has created something rare and wonderful,” he notes.
Influenced by programs like Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project [also a NAMT member], the CMTP selects new musicals for a five-week workshop process, culminating in a staged reading and a demo record of the songs (an essential tool in selling a show to producers). The cast is chosen from fourth-year music theatre students, but the directors and musical directors are paid professionals. The first show Hill did there with his composer-lyricist partner, Neil Bartram, The Theory of Relativity, had its first London production last year, and the CMTP’s first show, Come From Away, is making the rounds of U.S. repertory houses.

Read more on the Macleans website.
Photo: A presentation of The Theory of Relativity, Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram and Book by Brian Hill. Developed by the Canadian Music Theatre Project. (John Jones)

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DAY 16

The Story of My Life by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill appeared in the 2007 Festival and ran on Broadway 2009. One of its next stops: South Korea, for a full production translated into Korean!

Check out one of the show’s stand-out numbers “Mrs. Remington” sung by the original Korean cast.

Click here for an English version, to compare.

Will a song from The Story of My Life be featured in SHOW OFF….possibly this very one? Buy tickets today!


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Festival Shows in the News


Toronto musical Broadway-bound

Once the show had closed, they returned to New York (where they have been living since 2001) and took it to veteran director/lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’Miss Saigon) who had them rewrite the musical considerably.
At a presentation last fall at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, The Story of My Life received standing ovations and most insiders felt it was only a matter of time until it was produced.

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