Trey's new musical

Discuss Phish side and solo projects.

Trey's new musical

Postby GratefulPhish » Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:44 pm

Phish front man Trey Anastasio’s first foray into the world of Broadway takes a major step on April 27, when Hands on a Hardbody, a musical he wrote with Amanda Green and Doug Wright debuts at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California.


http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrac ... -in-april/
rather be on tour..
User avatar
GratefulPhish

 
Posts: 2784
Joined: Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:34 am
Location: GA/TN state line
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby willbreathes » Sat Oct 15, 2011 12:39 am

CALIFORNIA GETS ALL THE SHOWS!!!!JUAN!!!
1. tipsyfuddledboozygroggyelevatedprimedidedither ...
User avatar
willbreathes
Third Eye Warrior
 
Posts: 28614
Joined: Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:44 pm
Location: Euclid, OH
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby fundirector23 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:30 pm

LOL!
It's a dog eat dog world and I am wearing bacon underpants.
User avatar
fundirector23

 
Posts: 3370
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:00 pm
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby Brother » Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:51 am

Whenever I hear the title of the play I can't get out of my head that this will not be a PG-13 production. Maybe Trey arranged the 11/28/97 Ghost for an intimate scene.
User avatar
Brother

 
Posts: 2090
Joined: Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:13 pm
Location: The Mitten
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby the dooj » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:40 am

willbreathes wrote:CALIFORNIA GETS ALL THE SHOWS!!!!JUAN!!!



YESSSSS!!!!!!

:clap: :thumbup: :D :) :eh: :| :think: :problem: :x
"The good outnumber you, and we always will."
User avatar
the dooj

 
Posts: 5407
Joined: Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:27 am
Location: SoCal, USA
Blog: View Blog (1)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby jawbone » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:02 pm

lol

there is a notorious character in the local noise scene down here named Amanda Green. I always get them mixed up.

anyway, I like Burn That Bridge.
[#42?] nothin' shakin' but the leaves on the trees
User avatar
jawbone
Skunk Ape Expatriate
 
Posts: 11404
Joined: Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:22 pm
Location: FLA
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby fundirector23 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:44 am

Hmmm...wonder if this is gonna hit the road? I would totally go. Gotta be a Trey cameo or two.
It's a dog eat dog world and I am wearing bacon underpants.
User avatar
fundirector23

 
Posts: 3370
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:00 pm
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby fundirector23 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:57 am

It's a dog eat dog world and I am wearing bacon underpants.
User avatar
fundirector23

 
Posts: 3370
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:00 pm
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby fone » Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:57 pm

I take exception to this: "Phish-heads who may not necessarily be known as avid theater-goers."

I think "Phish-head" in general are open to more types of music than most "x-heads".
Go down in your own way
And everyday is the right day
And as you rise above the fear lines in his frown
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd
User avatar
fone
The Sage
 
Posts: 7585
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:02 pm
Location: Central NJ
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby willbreathes » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:58 pm

johnwesleyharding wrote:Trey is composing music for a play called Hands on Hardbody due out in April next year. not sure if anybody has posted this yet but sounds pretty cool.....
A prolific songwriter, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio quietly spent part of the past two years working on a score for a new musical – an adaptation of the documentary Hands on a Hardbody – which will debut this spring in La Jolla, California. With a book written by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright and dance numbers choreographed by Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan), Anastasio certainly isn't the only marquee name involved with the project. But his involvement will, no doubt, be of interest to a rabid audience of Phish-heads who may not necessarily be known as avid theater-goers.

Playwright Wright tells Rolling Stone that he was "surprised" when Anastasio expressed interest in getting involved, but was nonetheless "stunned" when the guitarist quoted musical riffs from Gypsy at their very first meeting.

"A lot of rock & roll artists have tried their hand at writing for the musical stage and failed," says Wright. "It's a very tricky medium. Songs play a very specific role in the theater; they have to reveal character, forward the show's narrative, and amplify its key themes. Music can't exist onstage merely for its own sake. But Trey intuitively understands this; he's not just a musician, but a born storyteller. He knows how to employ music to achieve dramatic ends."

For his part, Anastasio has always put himself in new situations, from assembling acid-jazz ensembles (Surrender to the Air) to composing symphonic scores and performing with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic. He once toured as a member of Dave Matthews and Friends, and his own solo band continues to explore the possibilities of big band jazz rock.

With Phish, Anastasio has always incorporated diverse elements of barbershop, bluegrass, jazz fusion, funk, folk...and, yes, even Broadway. In this exclusive interview, he tells Rolling Stone why working with composer Amanda Green on the score for Hands on a Hardbody has still been an entirely different experience.

What made you decide to want to do this project?
I've always loved musical theater. It's a bit of a family tradition. My grandmother was a single mother of two, living in New York City in the Forties and Fifties, and she took my mother to see many Broadway plays. They saw Mary Martin, John Raitt, Gypsy, South Pacific, Oklahoma, everything. When I was growing up in New Jersey, my mom would regularly take my sister and I into the city to see shows. I have many fond memories of standing in the half-price ticket line in Times Square and going to matinees. At home, there were always soundtrack albums playing. Lots of Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story, Hair and other shows.

Even before moving to the city from Vermont permanently seven years ago, my wife Sue and I made a point to continue the tradition. We take our daughters and my nephew to Broadway shows regularly. It makes me so happy that they love the theater today.

I was introduced to Amanda Green a few years ago by a mutual friend who thought that we would enjoy writing together, and he was absolutely right. Everything clicked from the very first day. We wrote three or four songs over the course of a month or two, at which point Amanda explained to me that she and her friend Doug Wright had been working on a musical – Hands on a Hardbody. Apparently, they were looking for a third collaborator and had been exploring various options for the music. She invited me to join them on the creative team. I was honored and thrilled. They are both phenomenally talented artists and I was particularly attracted to the idea of a play about a group of hardworking people from an economically depressed region, struggling together over many days without sleep, to win a truck. Considering the problems in our country today, it seemed like a relevant and very American story.

What was the most unexpected challenge of writing your first real score?
It's been a steep learning curve. I've learned that in the theater the story is everything. Every lyric, every line and every musical gesture has to propel the journey of a given character or the overall plot. We've had workshops that take place over two or three week periods. In the workshops, actors run thru each number with minimal props and blocking. Sometimes a song doesn't land the way we expected it to. The solution is often not what I would have anticipated.

In one case, there was a song that Amanda and I had written that we were particularly excited about. When the actor sang it in the workshop, it didn't have the same emotional impact as it did on the demo. Amanda, Doug and I huddled up in the hallway to talk about it. I suggested re-writing the song, but Doug disagreed. He explained that in this case, he didn't think that the issue was the song. He felt that the character needed a few more lines of dialogue to set the song up, so that the audience understood the intent behind the song before they heard it. He changed the actor's lines, we ran it again and it was stunning. This was a complete revelation to me. In the past, I've habitually led with the music. I've learned so much from this experience.

Did writing theatrically minded music throughout your career – including Gamehendge (a sort of rock opera that Phish has performed) – prepare you to write for the stage, or was it a whole different experience?
I've certainly dreamed of doing this for my whole life, but I would have to say that it was a whole different experience. The actors are so creative and talented and fun to be around. Everyday, during the workshops, we would go downtown to a little room near Union Square, six days a week, from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., and listen to twelve phenomenal singers pouring their hearts and souls into our songs in glorious harmony – two feet in front of our heads. It's indescribable.

Did you learn anything new about songwriting that you expect you’ll take with you?
The experience will certainly affect future songwriting. These songs are, by their very nature, far more direct emotionally than many songs that I've written or co-written in the past. Writing for singers other than myself, or another band member, has been incredibly liberating. And on top of all that, working with Amanda and Doug has been like attending a master class. Even the concept of writing in the best range for a given singer was something that I didn't give much thought to before. Now I understand that transposing a song a half step can effect the believability of a lyric. Who knew?

How was working with Amanda Green different than working with your longtime collaborators and songwriting partners?
Meeting Amanda has been an absolute gift, as has meeting and working with Doug; I've learned so much from both of them. I'm not sure how it's different. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to work with so many great collaborators in my lifetime. I've always loved the experience of working together with other people toward an artistic goal.

Of course, anyone who writes knows that ultimately the majority of your time is spent alone in a room with a piano or a guitar, no matter what the project is. Ernie Stires, my mentor and composition teacher, used to say to me, "Composition is a lonely business..." Maybe that's what's different and so exciting about this. Working on a play is a vibrant and collaborative business. Everyone from the choreographer to the music director to the director to the writers work together toward the same goal, and everyone chimes in on everything.

It's so refreshing. People are constantly huddling in little circles, asking questions. It's satisfying and challenging on so many levels. I'm very grateful to be a part of this team.



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... z1ckwxtGl5
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... l-20111031
1. tipsyfuddledboozygroggyelevatedprimedidedither ...
User avatar
willbreathes
Third Eye Warrior
 
Posts: 28614
Joined: Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:44 pm
Location: Euclid, OH
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby zoot horn rollo » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:42 am

I take exception to them calling "Surrender to the Air" acid jazz. It was clearly a free jazz project. :ugeek:
User avatar
zoot horn rollo
Subcomandante
 
Posts: 2469
Joined: Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:13 pm
Location: babylon
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby hosemasterflex » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:33 am

User avatar
hosemasterflex
Sounds Delicious
 
Posts: 8307
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:27 pm
Location: RI
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby The Ubiquitous Smokey » Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:48 pm

Wow, the ginger has me worried

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2Pz0ysRPSH8#![/youtube]


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... z0ysRPSH8#!


WHY CAN't I POST THE ACTUAL VIDEO?!?!? WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE YOUTUBE BUTTON!?!?!?!?
#15
User avatar
The Ubiquitous Smokey
East Side Jedi
 
Posts: 9128
Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:58 pm
Location: MEE-CH-IGAN
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby fone » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:51 pm

Fear not, Thor. Let's plan a double date to see Hands On A Hardbody in NYC when it opens.

Go down in your own way
And everyday is the right day
And as you rise above the fear lines in his frown
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd
User avatar
fone
The Sage
 
Posts: 7585
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:02 pm
Location: Central NJ
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby The Ubiquitous Smokey » Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:05 pm

:thumbup: I'm there Bill!
#15
User avatar
The Ubiquitous Smokey
East Side Jedi
 
Posts: 9128
Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:58 pm
Location: MEE-CH-IGAN
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby fone » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:05 pm

Just mentioned the musical to Marie and asked her if she'd like to go and she said if it doesn't close within a week, she'd take a chance. :thumbup:
Go down in your own way
And everyday is the right day
And as you rise above the fear lines in his frown
You look down
Hear the sound of the faces in the crowd
User avatar
fone
The Sage
 
Posts: 7585
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:02 pm
Location: Central NJ
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby willbreathes » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:12 pm

I suggest going during the first week then :silent:
1. tipsyfuddledboozygroggyelevatedprimedidedither ...
User avatar
willbreathes
Third Eye Warrior
 
Posts: 28614
Joined: Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:44 pm
Location: Euclid, OH
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby hosemasterflex » Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:39 am

Not digging it either.

Trey's writing style has changed several times over the years, and honestly he's not written a lot that I've been crazy about in the last 20 years. The stuff before that is like my favorite stuff ever, but the last couple decades have been just okay. Now? Now he's starting to write things I just flat dislike.

I thought Undermind was kinda bad at the time. Now by contrast it's starting to look like a damn Beatles album.

To be fair though, I don't like musicals.

And, I like KISS, so they should probably revoke my Internet Opinion card.
User avatar
hosemasterflex
Sounds Delicious
 
Posts: 8307
Joined: Wed Dec 07, 2005 5:27 pm
Location: RI
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby nugfin » Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:34 pm

^Yes, I agree.

Sadly, I'm almost to the point where anything Trey does outside of the band is no longer a consideration for me. (I can't believe I actually just typed that) :?

In no way am I saying the recent music he has put out is bad...it's just not my cup of tea.

It needs some edge.

I've had enough of the pigtails, bicycles, hop-scotch, playground themes. :lol:

It's like someone took my favorite guitarist from my favorite band and brainwashed him to write and play stuff that my mom listens to on lite hits 98.7
I'm not good with numbers I just count on knowing when I'm high enough
User avatar
nugfin

 
Posts: 852
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:38 am
Location: Utica, NY
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby delayloop » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:47 pm

When I read Trey was doing a musical called "Hands on a Hardbody" I immediately thought "holy shit something controversial"

but no

and I agree that these lyrics are kind of weird. Some of them I can relate to, for instance, the song architect basically calmed me the fuck down because it directly pertained to something going on in my life that requires I look at it from the big point of view and not from every little thing that happens.

Find your treasures
Where you will
Don't you stop until you've had your fill
Wherever you may go
Look around, take it slow
There might be more to this than we all know

And if we have the chance to see the rough draft
I bet the early plans would make us laugh
And it never seems to help when we try to intervene
Some things are better left unseen

Reconvene, reconnect
Raise a glass to the Architect
'Cause it turned out better
So much better
Than we ever did expect


I will say that these are super basic. It's not really "poetry" in the sense that there are multiple ways of looking at it or wormholes or anything like that, but it grabbed me.
Southern Phish
User avatar
delayloop

 
Posts: 587
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:31 pm
Location: Columbia, SC
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby ErrandWolfe » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:38 am

Image
::Waits for Tony Awards to roll in::
Image
Here's a place of elegance...
User avatar
ErrandWolfe

 
Posts: 3510
Joined: Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:41 am
Location: Up in the Cut...
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby Katiemay » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:35 pm

I have not heard any of the songs, but I have many of the same feelings of disappointment with Trey's songwriting as others discussed in this thread so I am very wary of this project. However, the concept of the story is funny and different. I would see it without going too much out of my way if the opportunity arose.

Quotes I enjoyed while reading this thread:

nugfin wrote:I've had enough of the pigtails, bicycles, hop-scotch, playground themes. :lol:

It's like someone took my favorite guitarist from my favorite band and brainwashed him to write and play stuff that my mom listens to on lite hits 98.7


ICC wrote:The lyrics actually make my ass cringe.
Katiemay

 
Posts: 3876
Joined: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:04 pm
Location: Utica, NY
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby fundirector23 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:22 pm

::Came in for info on Hands on a Hard Boner, heads over to "Meat" thread for the real scoop::
It's a dog eat dog world and I am wearing bacon underpants.
User avatar
fundirector23

 
Posts: 3370
Joined: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:00 pm
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby piper » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:56 am

Image
User avatar
piper

 
Posts: 4185
Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:32 pm
Location: Lon Giland
Blog: View Blog (0)

Re: Trey's new musical

Postby nugfin » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:53 pm

I wonder how much of a discount the people in the apartments behind the billboards get?
I'm not good with numbers I just count on knowing when I'm high enough
User avatar
nugfin

 
Posts: 852
Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:38 am
Location: Utica, NY
Blog: View Blog (0)

Next

Return to Phish Side/Solo Projects

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron