Tom Jones The Musical
Inspired by the 1960s British Pop Invasion, Tom Jones – The Musical is a bawdy and rollicking romp through the back roads and bedchambers of England, where aristocrats, wenches and scalawags abound.
A few years ago I was commissioned to adapt Henry Fielding’s novel Tom Jones into a musical. I was determined to work with my good friend, Paul Mirkovich, who collaborated with me on China the Whole Enchilada. Because of his scheduled with The Voice (He’s the musical director) it has taken years for us to get together. But now the music is coming to life and the show is nearly ready for its world premiere.
I agreed to making this Tom Jones into a musical before I had read the book. Man the book is long. After I wrote the book for the novel I sat on it for a long time while I waited for Paul to have free time to work on the music. For a while it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to work on the project but I held out. I ended up writing about 15 songs. And while I was waiting I turned the musical’s book and the lyrics into a straight play, which had a fantastic world premiere. All of the music for the musical is inspired by the 1960s British Pop invasion. Think The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, the Dave Clark Five, and the Animals.
The Making Of Video
Here’s a great video my friend Nathan Gregory made about the recording of the music.
Paul and I recorded a dozen demos for the show. And when Paul records a demo, the song always sounds amazing. I called up a bunch of my friends and asked if they would sing on the demos. All said yes. (I have pretty awesome friends). We recorded in NYC and LA.
We had Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Janine LaManna, Dan DeLuca, Adam Kaplan, Anissa Felix, Deedee Magno Hall, Cliffton Hall, Cullen Titmas, Marcus Choi, John Brady, Josh Tolle, Cassandra Murphy, Trevon Davis and Danielle Erin Rhodes.
Photos from the Recording Sessions