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 Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!) John O’Hara (School of Rock, #VAL) and Helpmann winner Kerrie-Anne Greenland (Les Miserables, Pictures), Vidya Makan (Sunday in the Park with George) and the writer himself, Bradley McCaw (Becoming Bill).
Read on to spend 5 minutes with Bradley McCaw:
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
Any Moment is a contemporary musical that follows the lives of many different people living in a city, throughout the course of a day. It’s also begins on New Year’s Eve so you know what that means… a countdown! But in a broader sense, we’re excited that this performance celebrates the release of ‘The Studio Concept Recording’ (Available June 25th) and audiences in Melbourne will get to hear this new Australian musical first.
What/Who was its inspiration?
‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.’ That is the famous John Lennon quote that inspired my initial work on the show. I wanted to develop a musical about different people and stories that explore the more ordinary everyday moments of a life – but still do it in an interesting and theatrical way. It’s been a couple of years of experimentation, and so many great artists have inspired its progress over the last few years, particularly the Brisbane based performers featured on the studio recording.
What do you think its best quality is?
The score is very contemporary. I’m hoping it feels and sounds original and ‘of today.’ It features so many different stories; each scene is a new character and song… From a young child talking to her dog, to a men’s self-help group, to a reporter defining her lives work or the teenager running away from home – it covers some topics that might not be interesting in another work. I guess, “These are the days of our lives…” Did I really just say that?! Yeah…Time for the next question, please, before I say something else, I regret.
Why should people see it?
The fabulous cast – John O’Hara (School of Rock), Kerrie Ann Greenland (Helpmann winner), Vidya Makan (Sunday in the Park with George) – and more! Professionals at the height of their powers with Shanon Whitelock our award-winning musical director, at the piano, leading our team through a new Australian musical. And really, what that means is… Australian accents. So maybe that’s reason enough to come? And to scoop up some of the amazing merchandise we will have… I mean; Tote bags people. Tote bags.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
“Have you heard our latest single on Spotify or Itunes? Oh, you have.… You’re a fan! Never mind.”
Who or what has been the greatest influence in your career?
My family. Without a doubt. If it wasn’t for their support and honesty, I would have taken up law and been a much poorer lawyer. Poorer, because I’d be pretty average at it… Can one even ‘object’ in song?
Who makes you want to sing
A good story inspires me to sing. I sing aloud when I compose and when I’m working on a new musical, it’s the circumstance of a scene or character that sends me to the piano. When singing other people’s music, I think it’s the same really… their story brings the song alive, and I just try to enjoy being part of that process.
When did it become clear to you that music and entertainment were your passion?
I have written music for as long as I’ve listened to them, and while I started young, I have been writing in some shape or form for my entire career. I remember hearing Billy Joels ‘Just The Way You Are’ and hoping to “write something as perfect one day.” I’m still trying and will be for a while yet, I reckon!
What does music, song and entertainment mean to you?
Think of something three parts deep, and one-part daggy… And then rap it.
What are 3 words that describe you?
Creative, tenacious, and coffee-snob.
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I love country music. I won’t drink coffee on cruise ships (see above). I struggle with the third item on any list.
What is next for you
The Studio Recording of Any Moment will be released on June 25th alongside performances at Melbourne Cabaret Festival – mark your calendars!
Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Wednesday 19 until Sunday 30 June 2019, Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran. Bookings: http://melbournecabaret.com