Composer-lyricist Neil Bartram is working on his next musical project about Norman Bethune, the Canadian doctor who helped the Chinese communists under Mao Zedong. According to reports, “This will be the first Canadian-Chinese musical to ever be developed,” says Michael Rubinoff. “And something we hope will be as popular in China as it will be in Canada, in both languages.”
Neil Bartram is the composer and lyricist of Broadway’s The Story of My Life with book writer Brian Hill (four Drama Desk Award nominations including two for Neil – Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics). Prior to Broadway, The Story of My Life played at Canadian Stage Company in Toronto and Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre. Neil has also written music and lyrics for Clara’s Piano (Stratford Festival), Somewhere in the World (five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival) and The Nightingale and the Rose, and scored productions of Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio was commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theater for their 2011 season and is now licensed through the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Neil and Brian’s musical Not Wanted On The Voyage received a developmental production at Northwestern University’s Barber Theatre as part of the American Music Theatre Project and was part of Goodspeed Musicals’ 2012 New Works Festival. His musical The Theory of Relativity, commissioned by Toronto’s Sheridan College and their Canadian Music Theatre Project was written specifically for and about college age students. Relativity had its US premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in 2015 and its London premiere in the same year.
Current projects include Senza Luce, commissioned by Michael Rubinoff and the Canadian Music Theatre Project, You Are Here, co-commissioned by Acting Up Stage and the Signature Theater, Spin, directed by Eric Schaeffer (premiered at the Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA), an adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-Soeurs, a musical based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved film Bedknobs & Broomsticks, all with book writer Brian Hill. Neil’s awards include the ASCAP Foundation’s Yellen Award, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a Dora Award.
Cast albums include The Story of My Life and The Theory of Relativity (PS Classics).
Neil is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Music Theatre Workshop.
Neil is published by Warner / Chappell Music.