Written by John and Gerry Kielty,
Are their song-writing ideas for sale to the highest bidder? Or will creative integrity win out?
The story begins with a pop princess comedically miming on stage. It doesn’t take long for her to threaten her three songwriters to come up it something new. They are clean out of ideas, or at least any that the demanding Vittoria is impressed by and so descend on a local songwriting class to look for inspiration. These enthusiastic students bring to the table their new ideas, some more successful than others, as the professionals help to steer them in the right direction. Through these musical workshops we learn more about the characters, why they are there and see them pushed to decide: are their song-writing ideas for sale to the highest bidder? Or will creative integrity win out?
From start to finish this musical is hugely engaging. The songs manage to tell the story and bring forward the characters, without losing any of their quality. The cast sing through it with massive amounts of vocal skill and at times magical blend of harmony and voices. The music feels fresh and the script is funny without trying too hard to be. Rachael Anderson is spectacular as the talented, if a little frazzled, lead songwriter, helping to not only bring the characters together but also flawlessly helping to link the whole show, becoming the thread of continuity throughout the piece. She is completely believable as someone with a ton of musical talent who is just at the end of her rope. Alice Robertson and Genevieve Clarke are also both a treat to watch and listen to.
This show is the perfect choice for this young bunch and from what I could tell they enjoy performing it as much as we all enjoyed watching it. For fans of new musical theatre writing, this is definitely one to get excited about.