Friday, April 8, 2011

Details on new DiPietro/Bryan musical

David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, who have collaborated on The Toxic Avenger and of course Memphis, appeared on Sirius/XM's Live on Broadway radio show hosted by Seth Rudetsky. From
The Tony Award winning duo spoke with Rudetsky about their upcoming project now in the works; a musical about a group of songwriters during the early 1960's working in New York City's historic Brill Building. Considered a city landmark, the Brill Building was once the centerpiece of America's music industry, with writers, musicians, record companies and promoters calling the office space their home. The tale will follow a talented female songwriter who comes up against some harsh obstacles in a male-dominated industry. "The irony will be that after all her hard work, everyone will be out of a job once the Beatles invade America in 1964", explains DiPietro.

The writing team recalled MEMPHIS' long journey from its earliest beginnings in Palo Alto in 2003 to its 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical. "In a way, the buzz and anticipation for the show to come to New York was great for us", muses DiPietro. "The longer we didn't do it, the more people couldn't wait to see it". Adds Bryan, "We became urban legends".

Read the full article here. They also talked about the upcoming movie screenings of Memphis in the US and Dave performed Memphis Lives In Me.

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