The Old Vic, McOnie Company
The new two act dance thriller by Olivier award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie and with a score by Grant has just played a short season at the Old Vic Theatre.
A hugely talented ensemble of thirteen actor/dancers brought the sexy and dangerous world of late 1950's Waterloo to life in Drew McOnie's thrilling dance debut at the Old Vic.
The score, which combines a big band, brassy MGM type sound for the world of Dr Jekyll and a raw, unpredictable rock sound for the world of Mr Hyde has just been released on Air Edel records and is now available from the iTunes store as well as Amazon, Spotify and other digital platforms.
"The plot is propelled by a wonderfully crafted score by Grant Olding, who presents a musical landscape in which the reassuring blitz-spirit certainties of orchestral swing are being challenged by the rawer, sexier attack of rock’n’roll. As the repressed Jekyll is overcome by the rapacious Hyde, so the suit and tie gentility of the postwar years is swept away by its darker undercurrents, and by the Pandora’s box allure of an uninhibited future. Olding references this future with rock riffs that project the slaughter of the final scenes far beyond the piece’s 1950s context. As Jekyll and Hyde become one, and the body count rises, we are reminded that there’s a spectre at every sexually liberated feast. A Charles Manson, waiting in the shadows.” ***** - The Observer
Listen to excerpts or buy the soundtrack here
The NT's hit comedy with songs by Grant, directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner has been making people wet themselves laughing since 2011. The original NT production was been seen by more than a million people worlwide, played in the West End, on Broadway and Internationally and has just finished it's third nation-wide tour. Grant's music can now be heard in new productions all around the world.
The play can now be licensed for amateur use from Samuel French where you can also choose to license Grant's award winning skiffle score.
Hear Grant performing with The Craze on the original cast album here
Grant is thrilled to have recently been made an Associate Artist at Leicester's Curve Theatre. Curve is an important theatre in Grant's career; he was commissioned to write the music and lyrics to the musical Simply Cinderella which opened the £69 million state-of-the-art facility in 2008, and has been back many times since - opening the international tour of One Man Two Guvnors there as well as scoring new productions of Our Country's Good, Richard III and Breakfast at Tiffany's in artistic director Nikolai Foster's inaugural season.
Nikolai and Grant have worked together many times over the last five years and with new executive director Chris Stafford also now in place it's a very exciting time for Leicester.
For more info on Curve click here
Play at the RSC
Written by Britain's first professional female playwright Aphra Behn in 1677, the hilarious story of the banish'd cavaliers just opened to fantastic reviews at the Swan theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. With live Latin American inspired music and songs by Grant, this irresistable restoration romp runs in rep until February 11th 2017 so get down to the carnival.
"The action grows, with the aid of Grant Olding's fizzing score, out of a society in a permanent state of fiesta" **** The Guardian
"Sun-kissed, salsa-saturated live music powers the evening" **** The Telegraph
"Grant Olding's evocative songs and underscore are brilliantly deployed throughout by a thoroughly entertaining six-piece band" **** Whatsonstage
"pounding rhythms and saucy singing in Grant Olding's gorgeous score" ***** Whatsonlive
"Infectious rhythms, lilting melodies and sensual dancing – and it’s a joyous soundtrack that doesn’t let up throughout the night." Stratford Observer
"The rumbustious, musical carnival spirit seeps out everywhere" **** Evening Standard
"A roaming band plays steamy salsa and tango music" **** The Times
**** The Sunday Times
For more info click here
Starring Georgia May Foote on tour
Georgia May Foote takes over the role of Holly Golightly from Pixie Lott in Nikolai Foster's production of Breakfast at Tiffany's which is now on tour following a season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End. This is the second time that Grant has scored Breakfast at Tiffany's, the first in 2009 starring Anna Friel was also at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. As well as composing underscore and incidental music for the play, Grant was also commissioned to write a song specially for the production. Here's a video of Pixie Lott performing the new song - Hold Up My Dyin' Day.
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