My guest on this episode is Eddie Perfect, a writer, composer and performer who is currently working on two projects for Broadway - King Kong and Beetlejuice.
One of the reasons I really wanted to talk to Eddie now is because he’s at a key moment in his career. He’s composer and lyricist for TWO major musicals - one that has just opened on Broadway and the other is set to open in the new year.
In this episode we discuss:
- Eddie’s first exposure to theatre - family pantomimes at the Alexander Theatre in Melbourne
- Writing songs for classmates at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts
- His preference for writing from a brief, whether from a singer or giving a context for the situation or scene you want the song to serve
- “I love singers and it’s fun writing for a particular voice.”
- “One of the most satisfying things I do in my life is sitting in my little corner of whatever room I’m in making demos. I really love it, it’s like my little shed.”
- Finding an “Australian voice” in music theatre both in terms of accent and in content
- The lack of support, system or pathway for creating new musicals in Australia
- Possible impact for the Australian industry productions by companies like Global Creatures have some significant wins overseas
- Pitching and winning the role of composer/lyricist for Beetlejuice
- Mr Bungle
- Finite and Infinite Games - James P. Carse | Amazon | .pdf
- How to deal with the pressure and anxiety inherent in sharing your work with the world
- The place that awards have in helping you stay in the game
- What it’s like to be in the room (and the community) where it happens
- Juggling concurrent rehearsals for King Kong and Beetlejuice
- “There’s certainly enough on one show to keep you busy beyond your wildest imagination. Doing two shows is way too much - but I survived.”
- Who Eddie looks to for feedback, and his system for seeking and processing it
- “It’s hard. It’s so collaborative, and it’s such a strange dance, and the stakes are so high. It’s sort of terrifying but it’s also really lovely. There’s a real closeness that comes with that sort of collaboration.”
- Everything Was Possible - Ted Chapin | Amazon
- How you process the feedback you haven't asked for. How do you decide which feedback to pay attention to?
- Explore the visual design of Beetlejuice