In this episode of The Show People Podcast, host Andrew Keates spends the afternoon with director, producer and artistic director of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace, Paul Taylor Mills. Andrew also shares his theatrical tips for June 2018, including the transfer of Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet at Trafalgar Studios 2, Heathers – The Musical at The Other Palace and his own production of Steve Furst: In Character at the Underbelly Festival.
The Big Interview
Paul discusses the thousands of pounds he’s raised for charities running marathons, his upcoming “big-gay-holidays” and his preparations and challenges around the UK premiere of Heathers – he thought he wouldn’t get the rights to do it because he felt the musical wasn’t quite yet cooked, the on-the-day controversy regarding ticket prices when the show was announced and the casting of Carrie Hope Fletcher. He also goes into detail about the highs and lows of running The Other Palace and the family ethos of theatre too.
As well as covering The Other Palace, Paul tells us about how he discovered producing and directing when growing up, his early days producing shows by maxing out credit cards at places such as the Lost Theatre and the Union Theatre, his unfortunate need to liquidate his production company after two unsuccessful shows at Southwark Playhouse and his rise from the ashes within the same week, becoming a recognised producer after his phenomenally successful production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights.
The Soapbox: Paul talks with Andrew about the recent attacks he, The Other Palace and Carrie Hope Fletcher received on social media after announcing their production Heathers – The Musical regarding the costs of tickets, casting decisions and other matters. Paul talks frankly about how we should act on social media and what he thinks is unacceptable. He also talks about how he monitors his own behaviour and image on social media being a young, gay man who likes to party with his friends, whilst at the same time, honouring his responsibilities as Artistic Director of The Other Palace.
The Platform: Today’s platform is given to composer Tim Driesen and a song from his musical, ‘Just a Normal Girl’ (formerly known as Super Alice Smith) called ‘Evil has many faces’ sung by Kelly-Ann Gower.
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