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The Bricklin Backstage Part 5: Funky Music

by on July 20, 2011

The Bricklin Backstage

Today we spoke with Allen Cole, co-writer and composer of  the Playhouse/Theatre New Brunswick musical The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy which opens Friday.  The podcast is part of The Bricklin Backstage – a series of podcasts produced by Jeremy VanSlyke that will bring audiences deeper into the Bricklin story. VanSlyke will talk to those who were part of the Bricklin saga in the 1970s, as well as those who are involved in the musical today.

In this week’s podcast, Mr. Cole will share his experience of composing a funk-musical as well as living in Fredericton amid the excitement and controversy of Bricklin’s venture.  Having composed more than a dozen musicals, Allen Cole is one of Canada’s foremost composers for musical theatre.  Nonetheless, the Bricklin musical was uncharted territory for him, a style of music he had little explored in his own work.  Cole credits his sister, renowned jazz singer Holly Cole, with feeding him the material to help him in the right direction.  “I hired her as my funk research consultant,” he admits.  With Malcolm Bricklin’s return to New Brunswick only days away, Mr. Cole also expresses his anticipation of meeting Mr. Bricklin for the first time and the excitement of portraying a living person on stage.  With clips from the musical’s original cast recording, this podcast features some of the musical highlight’s of a show that tells one of the most colourful stories in New Brunswick’s history.

Now you can subscribe to the entire “Bricklin Backstage” podcast series, including future episodes, at no charge on the iTunes Music Store.  Gotta have that funk?  You can also find the original cast recording featuring a full soundtrack of the musical on sale for just $9.99 and get into the tunes before the show!

 The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy opens Friday, July 22 and runs until Sunday, August 7. Show times will be Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are now on sale through the Fredericton Playhouse box office and the official Bricklin website www.bricklinmusical.ca.
Take a look at our Bricklin TV spot on the official Fredericton Playhouse YouTube channel and get your tickets before they’re gone!
Check back next week for “The Bricklin Backstage Part 7: Playing the Premier”
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