Podcast Episode 203: The Score Whisperer, Glen Kelly
Ever wondered how to arrange a big Broadway score like Spamalot?
Ever wonder what “arrange” a big Broadway score actually means?
This week’s guest has the ability to take a score and blow it up into a big Broadway musical that we all know and love. Maybe you’ve even heard of a few he’s done like, oh I don’t know, The Book of Mormon, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast?
He’s extremely well-known, yet a bit of a mystery . . . which is why I like to call Glen Kelly . . . “The Score Whisperer.” (insert spooky music chords – arranged by Glen, of course – here)
So, if you want to listen in and hear us discuss:
- What is “Musical Dramaturgy” and how he does it.
- How he taught himself the piano and musical theory without ever having any musical training
- The most common thing he adjusts when he first gets a score
- The importance of adding space and giving the audience a chance to process during a song
- What is was like to work with Mel Brooks on The Producers
If you’re looking for a master class in how a Broadway score is “made,” this is it!
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This week’s #SongWriterOfTheWeek is Angela Sclafani! Today we’re playing a song called “I’ll Save You the Waltz” and it is from Angela’s musical The Other Side of Paradise. If you like what you hear and want to learn more, check out www.angelasclafani.com or @angelasclafani on Instagram.
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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.