The importance of new writing for musical theatre gets a lot of press. It's become almost a fashion among contemporary musical theatre performers to love and support new musical theatre writing. In Britain we have a plethora of excellent, shining new musical theatre writing talent, and there are few who support that talent more avidly than Simon Greiff, creator of SimG Productions.
SimG Productions was set up in 2009 "out of artistic necessity" says Simon. He has produced recordings of original new writing by Britain's leading writing team Stiles & Drewe, Stuart Matthew Price, Dan Looney & Patrick Wilde and Paul Boyd to name a few. He has worked with some of our countries biggest West End and Broadway names including Scott Alan, Stephanie J Block, Ramin Karimloo and Patina Miller. He has produced albums, concerts, cabarets and productions all in the name of supporting new and emerging talent. The Voice Studio are honoured to be talking with Simon Greiff today about the importance of highly skilled and talented performers within the new musical theatre writing arena.
The amount of support new writing gets today is fantastic, but of course it needs more and more. However, this article is not focussed on new writing per sè, or even it's writers. This is dedicated to the unsung hero's who give this new art it's life. New writing is nothing without life breathed into it by wonderful performers, and Simon is here to talk to us about the what, why and how's of the singers he has worked with, the business of working with them, and his own career so far...
What inspired you to start working in new musical theatre writing?
How do you go about choosing which singers you'll use for a certain project?
How important is is to have an excellent singing voice in this area of work?
What do you think is more important: being a great actor or being a great singer?
You've worked with a lot of West End names. Who's your favourite voice and why?
You’ve worked with big names like Stiles & Drewe and Scott Alan. Could you say a few words about working with great artists like these?
What exciting things have you worked on this year?
What does the future hold for SimG Productions & SimG Records?
What are the main difficulties and challenges for performers when they are workshopping, recording and performing new writing?
What last words of advice would you give to any up and coming singers wanting to get involved in new writing?
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