Premiere Australian Production coming in 2019
Praise for 'Becoming Bill Record'
"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."
Musical Theatre Review (UK)
"Sometimes, the experience of musical theatre can be so special as to leave you in want of a thesaurus to do its distinction justice..."
Meredith Walker 'Blue Curtain'
"Bradley would charm the socks off your mother and easily works the crowd, egging them on for sing-a-long choruses and as the star performer, he is also very generous with praise of his cast."
Sonny Clarke 'Culture Box'
"McCaw’s versatility is actually astounding..."
2016 NEW MUSICAL AUSTRALIA
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An ordinary family confronts the ghosts from their past, as Bill, a first time writer, unknowingly disturbs the fragile space between them. Touching, very funny and strangely true.
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.... Sure, his brother James hasn’t left the couch in three months 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. But doesn’t she understand, Bill doesn’t want to remember his childhood or the silly songs he used to write... He doesn’t care that he grew up with a jerk father and were poor and unhappy - he's forgotten all that....
When Bill gets a mysterious phone call asking him to write a new musical for a 'work in progress showing,' he struggles to find the inspiration. As art starts to imitate life, Bill is pulled into a world of his own creation. Confronting truths are unmasked and relationships pushed to the very brink, as the musical Bill writes plays out in real time. Each new song becomes a call to arms - a truth that couldn't be spoken - and ultimately a vision of courage, that we can all overcome our past, as our own 'works in progress.'
Excerpt from opening scene:
"...If I look nervous it’s because I’d never written a word before this. Not a haiku - not a cooking recipe- nothing. Yet, five years ago that phone rung and someone asked me to write them a musical… Why? How? I’ve been asking myself that very same question. The truth is… Well it’s the truth isn’t it. So I’m going to tell you this honestly - regardless of how it makes me seem. 'Cause somehow, everything happened by accident. At least that’s how I remember it. And I guess, how you remember things - is everything."
He moves toward the piano.
"So we begin somewhere in the middle. I’m at home. It’s morning...."
2010: Workshop and sold out reading performance at Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts produced by Joymas Creative. Directed by Simone De Haas. Cast: Bradley McCaw, Leon Cain, Kathryn McIntyre & Alice Barbary. Pictured right.
2014: Workshop by An Old Fashioned Production Company. Directed by Catarina Hebbard.
2016: Workshopped in Sydney with Bradley McCaw, Kathryn McIntyre, Margi de Ferranti & Rob Johnson. Facilitated by Bradley McCaw.
2016: Presented at New Musicals Australia at Hayes Theatre (Sydney) Cast: Bradley McCaw, Kathryn McIntrye, Robert Johnson & Margi de Ferranti.
2019: Production. More details TBA
Preparing for a National tour of the work in 2019, including festivals and major state visits. Featuring one-three piece band and a cast of four actors. We believe the key demographic for this work to be adults aged 20 and above, but would appeal to anyone that enjoys the musical theatre genre.
Bradley McCaw is an Australian performer, composer, playwright, and actor. He won the 2012 International Cabaret Showcase touring Internationally featuring a sold- out performance on Broadway’s ‘42nd street.’ He was awarded the ‘2011 Young Emerging Playwrights Award’ by the Queensland Theatre Company, his work was the first musical ever to be awarded this prize.