17 Apr 2024

Music with Dave Wilson: Jukebox Musicals

From Nine To Noon, 11:10 am on 17 April 2024

Music commentator Dave Wilson joins Kathryn from New York, where he's been hitting Broadway.

He looks at the rise of musicals based on a collection of existing songs - so called "Jukebox Musicals". They've become one standard model on Broadway, just think of Mamma Mia, based on the music of ABBA, and Jersey Boys, based on the music and story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

But most aren't successful. Dave looks at some examples of jukebox musicals and compares them to the original music they're based on.

Dave Wilson is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and interdisciplinary scholar, a Senior Lecturer in Music at the New Zealand School of Music-Te Kōkī."

Image of a jukebox, close up to look at the records.

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