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Melvyn Morrow, born 1942, in Sydney N.S.W. talks about childhood recollections and early schooling; his father's career; early writing influences; his early Gilbert & Sullivan appearances; writing scripts for the Phillip Theatre; his university studies; "The Mavis Bramston show"; his theory of comedy; "The chaser" incident; a trip to Italy to write a musical; Morris West; moving to England to become Director of Drama at Stonyhurst College; his career in the U.K.; his early musical "Tilbury"; composers he most admires; Ian Richardson; his attitude to theatre; his musical "Morality!"; the 'star' system; "Morality" being presented in New York; Nick Enright; meeting his wife Rosemary; the decision for the family to return to Australia; resuming his career as a writer in Australia; writing "Frank Ass" and "Jack Point"; writing and productions of "A song to sing o"; John Reid; Dame Brigid D'Oyley Carte; "French verbs"; Simone Young; Dennis Olsen; "Letters from Provence".
Morrow discusses his production of "Poor wandring one"; rewriting the lyrics of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The gondoliers"; Simon Gallaher; Maria Preauer; the School of Arts Café; the productions of "Here comes showtime", "Peter Dawson off the record" and "I'm not Henry Lawson's mother"; reviews of his shows; getting a play read, dealing with rejection; pirating of work; the Mary McKillop Project; Johnny O'Keefe; working on the Lillie Langtry musical; the writing of "Shout"; Kevin Jacobsen; current attitude to 'popcorn' musicals; Richard Wherrett; Michael Scott-Mitchell; Col Joye; how the musical "Dusty" came about; Vicky Wickham; understudies; reviews for "Dusty"; changes to the production for the Sydney season; negotiations for a London production of "Dusty"; a new production of "Shout"; Stuart Maunder; Trudy Dalgliesh; Ross Coleman; future projects; his interest in mentoring; his teaching career; rewards of commercial success.
Recorded on September 12, 2007 at Sydney, N.S.W.
Digital master; National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore collection;
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||Timed summary (13 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 122 leaves)
||Morrow, Melvyn, - 1942- - Interviews. | Theatrical producers and directors - Australia. | Dramatists, Australian. | Musicals - Production and direction - Australia.
||Theatre producers and directors.
||Stephens, Bill, 1936-, Interviewer
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