A few years back in New York City, I played a reading for “Natural Woman,” a show aiming at Broadway based on the music of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and produced by the team that brought us Mama Mia!, a show currently running on Broadway, based on the songs of Abba.
The Goffin/King songwriting duo created some of the most amazing songs of the 60’s and 70’s, and many of them are classics today.
A brief sampling: “It’s Too Late” (Carole King), “Up On the Roof” (the Drifters), “One Fine Day” (the Chiffons), “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits), “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (the Shirelles), “Take Good Care of My Baby” (Bobby Vee), “Chains” (the Cookies), “Don’t Bring Me Down” (the Animals), ” Take a Giant Step” (the Monkees) and “Goin’ Back” (the Byrds).’
The book by Martin Bergman, Rita Rudner, Michael Blakemore, Janis Hirsch and Hannie Rayson, was engaging. The cast featured Tony Award-nominee Tom Wopat (Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun) and Tony Award-winner Randy Graff (A Class Act, Les Miserables, City of Angels).
Musical supervisor Robert Gavin wrote gorgeous vocal arrangements that brought out the best from the actors performing them. Associate musical supervisor and keyboardist Paul Gray developed several tracks on digital performer that made us sound like a full orchestra. Fabulous musicians, the both of them.
Thanks to my dear friend Geoffrey Menin, whose entertainment law firm represents the show, for recommending me to producers Richard East and Tim Woods.
I’ve always loved Broadway show music and wrote two off-off Broadway scores years ago. Maybe I’ll venture back there in future.
Read more about it in Variety.