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Monday, December 8, 2014

Musicals / What's On / Industry News

IN THE SPOTLIGHT... STILES AND DREWE

By Simon Parris

While Broadway writing partners such as Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe have a much higher profile, British composers Stiles & Drewe have steadily put together a substantial body of work over the past thirty years. In addition to their own quintessentially British original musicals, one of which beat two of the world’s biggest shows for a Best Musical Olivier Award, the pair also contributed songs for one of the most popular and successful musicals of the past decade.

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe met while both were studying and staging amateur musical productions at Exeter University, Devon. After a road trip to Plymouth to see a production of SWEENEY TODD, they decided to defer their teacher training places and write a musical together. So at 21, the pair wrote their first musical, TUTANKHAMUN, a show they hope to revisit at some point.

Revealing their penchant for the fantastical, family-friendly fare, Stiles & Drewe’s first success was a musical that continued to evolve over the twenty years or so following its premiere. JUST SO is based on a collection of twelve stories by Rudyard Kipling. The duo’s long-term professional relationship and friendship with producer Cameron Mackintosh began when he was one of the judges that awarded JUST SO the Vivian Ellis prize in 1985.


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Musicals / What's On / Industry News

Your Theatricals International CABARET CONTEST

2015 CONTEST SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN!

ADELAIDE • BRISBANE • NOOSA • MELBOURNE • AUCKLAND • SYDNEY

The largest annual contest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere returns in January 2015 and has recently begun accepting submissions.

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