4 ½ stars ★★★★☆
"...Also presented as part of Melbourne Cabaret Festival is Any Moment, the concept performance of a new musical from award-winning Australian composer Bradley McCaw (who also performs and accompanies in some of the pieces).
Any Moment is from the playbook of musicals such as Jason Robert Brown's Songs For a New World, which examine the triumphs and pitfalls of contemporary, everyday life with humour, poignance and soaring melodies.
The music and lyrics are of a glittering standard that deserves worldwide recognition, particularly in the more humorous pieces. A song about life in the suburbs styled after a rap piece had the audience in stitches.
Each of the performers are also outstanding vocalists, making this concept performance a tantalising promise of the musical it could become.
4 ½ stars ★★★★☆
Bradley McCaw and Ensemble
Performers: Vidya Makan, Natalie O'Donnell, Kerrie Anne Greenland, John O’Hara, Du Toit Bredenkamp, Bradley McCaw, Jessie Singleton, Harry Fenn
Musical Direction: Shanon Whitelock
Chapel Off Chapel
25-26 June 2019
FIRST PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY 28 JUNE, 2019
Charlene Li on ARTS HUB
Fame Reporter has given 4.5/5 stars to the new ANY MOMENT "Concept Recording" studio recording.
"Overall ‘Any Moment’ is a dynamic compilation of songs with brilliant, emotive and relatable storytelling. The album covers the fun, up-beat nature of life with the juxtaposition of everyday obstacles that ordinary people face.
The collection of songs flows beautifully jumping from one story to the next with extraordinary performances from the best in Australian musical theatre. This is a moving body of work that will no doubt evolve into a smash musical, that not only theatre lovers will connect to, but a lot of music enthusiasts too.
Congratulations to Bradley McCaw for capturing the simple essence of live theatre through the lens of the world we live in today and for creating beautiful Australian theatre.
Listen and stream the first songs on the recording – NEXT TIME & TWENTY MORE TILL on Spotify and Itunes now and stay tuned for the Pre-sale of the entire album coming soon to Itunes!"
Full review available at:
The first single from the new Studio recording from award winning writer/performer Bradley McCaw is now available on Spotify and iTunes.
Featuring an incredible performance by Lauren McKenna (Currently in the Australia cast of PUFFS) from the forthcoming ANY MOMENT 'The Concept Recording.'
Listen and purchase today where all good music is sold!
The full studio recording will be available June 25th. Pre-purchase your copy now and receive an instant advance track!
“Any Moment a new musical by Bradley McCaw” The Concept Recording, is a new work from award winning writer/performer and emerging composer Bradley McCaw. Set over the course of 24 hours, the work begins at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and moves throughout a single town, hearing stories from various individuals as the clock tumbles toward a New Year. Its inspiration from the famous John Lennon quote, ‘Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans’ is clear in this narrative premise and through-line exploration of what a minute in time truly represents.
It starts as we meet four strangers; a young man running away from home, a woman at a party, a truck driver heading home to his family and a new mother with her crying child in the cresendoing ‘Twenty More Till’, which tantalises with suggestion of the spectacle that sets great opening musical numbers apart from the humdrumness of others.
The recording is inspired by hit musicals like “Songs for A New World,” and “Closer Than Ever,” and the musical influence is seen across the familiar feel of its 11-song soundtrack. There is humour too, in, for example, ‘My Phone’, in which two strangers (Judy Hainsworth & Shaun Kohlman) sing about their most prominent personal relationship and Emily Kristopher’s cute rendition of the bright and breezy ‘Rovers Song’, in which she sings as a young girl explaining her parents impending divorce, to her dog.
It is the ‘big’ numbers, however, that are the most memorable especially in their feature of performances by some of the finest performers from our musical theatre stages. Kurt Phelan implores his character to move on, as his ex gets married at the Church across town in ‘A Church on Murphy Street’, a tender, emotional highlight, that is both sentimental and soaring. And Lizzie Moore is exhilarating in sassy Sutton Foster-esque vocal presence in the final song, ‘Hard to Keep a Good Girl Down’, in which a woman unpacks the ending of her marriage.
Across its track listing, “Any Moment a new musical by Bradley McCaw” The Concept Recording features much variety and many musical highlights dependent upon personal preferences. While the recording aims to not showcase a Complete Final Musical Theatre work, it provides us with enough hint as to what “Any Moment” could be, to only want more. Lucky Melbournians will get the exclusive first look at the new work in celebration of its release at Chapel off Chapel this June as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
April 19th, 2019.
Australian Musical Theatre Festival & Old Fashioned Production Co. present the development of ANY MOMENT a new musical by Bradley McCaw.
Artists from Launceston and Tasmania are invited to submit expressions of interest to participate in the development of a new Australian musical by Award winning writer/performer Bradley McCaw. A description of the work is included below.
For more information please submit Expressions of Interest to Old Fashioned Production Company by:
- Sending a CV and Headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful candidates will be asked to record a self tape of a song from the show, and upload this to youtube/dropbox.
Sheet music, backing tracks and demo will be provided for you to learn and work on the song.
Candidates will receive an outline of the casting breakdown, draft schedule and general overview of the project via email.
Expressions of Interest will close April 21st, with casting notifications made by May 3rd.
This is open to both professionals and amateurs and we encourage ALL artists to submit.
Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions or feedback
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.
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TO THE SINGER/ACTORS of QUEENSLAND!?!
Old Fashioned Production Company and Brisbane Powerhouse are presenting the Premiere season of 'Becoming Bill' a new musical by Bradley McCaw.
Auditions March 18th
Directed by Neil Gooding
Musical Direction by Trevor Jones
Performance Season August 14th-25th
Rehearsals begin July 22nd
Performers will be asked to present a song of their own choice - we suggest contemporary musical theatre in the style of the show sung with an Australian accent.
Expression of interest can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
• Vocal Range
• Preferred times on Monday 18th March**
**We will do our best to accomodate these but can’t guarantee you will be offered them.
Video auditions will also be accepted, though we strongly recommend attending in person.
About the show:
Becoming Bill is an award winning new Australian musical about a family turned upside down. When Bill an out of work actor is asked to write a musical, he foolishly bases it on himself and those around him, upsetting the delicate balance in their family home, unburdening truths they had each hidden.
Studio Recordings from the musical can be found here:
Original Concept Recording' of ANY MOMENT was launched in style at BRISBANE POWERHOUSE this month. A select group of artists and industry members were invited to hear a sneak peak of the upcoming record. Release date is set for January 2019.
'Original Concept Recording' of ANY MOMENT was launched in style at BRISBANE POWERHOUSE this month. A select group of artists and industry members were invited to hear a sneak peak of the upcoming record. Release date is set for January 2019.
MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW (UK)
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.
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