Flying high for the EdFringe finale

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The Edinburgh Fringe came to a close on Monday, and the Love Birds had to fly the festival coop. In his final blog, production assistant Adam Niemann recounts the end of the beginning (we’ll be back, we promise!), before he himself flew back to his home in California…   The show’s last days in Edinburgh led to a finale befitting our feathered …

Robbie Sherman Explains: Making Peace with Having a Famous Parent

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With music running through the branches of his family tree, was Robbie Sherman always destined to become a songwriter? His earliest memory is pretty telling…   Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: My earliest memory is that I wanted to be a songwriter. It’s a strange thing to call an “earliest memory”, I suppose. But there …

Robbie Sherman Explains: The attraction of penguins and other animals

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The stars of Love Birds are penguins and parrots. And this isn’t the first musical that Robbie Sherman has written featuring animals. What’s with the anthropomorphism?  Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: “Anthropomorphism” is a long word which roughly means “the attribution of human characteristics into animals.” There should be a slightly longer word (with the same …

Robbie Sherman Explains: Where did the song title ‘Tinpanorama’ come from?

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The song “Tinpanorama” in Love Birds pays homage not just to a famous street in New York, but also to Robbie Sherman’s family connection to the place and the music. Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: Tin Pan Alley was the affectionate name given to a street in New York City: It was 28th Street near …

Robbie Sherman Explains: My Apprenticeship with my Dad

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Would there have been a Love Birds if Robbie Sherman hadn’t first served a life-long apprenticeship with his father, legendary Disney lyricist Robert B Sherman?  Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: My father was a parent, of course, but also a friend, a confidante, and yes, a mentor. I owe him so much. That said, “mentor” …

Robbie Sherman Explains: Why is Love Birds set in 1923?

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Love Birds is set in a vaudeville show in New York in 1923. The year was chosen very specifically.  Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: The year that Love Birds is set is 1923. I chose that year deliberately. That was the year that George Gershwin wrote Rhapsody in Blue (it then premiere in February 1924), …

We did it! Today’s Love Birds Thunderclap reached 161,433 people!

We did it! Thanks for making our Thunderclap happen!

Thirty-five minutes before the cast took to the stage for their first performance at The Pleasance Courtyard today, our supporters sent them a thunderous clap of support via our Thunderclap campaign. Across Twitter and Facebook, our mass “Spread words for the birds” message went out simultaneously to 161,433 people thanks to the 108 of you who backed us. (Helping us …

What Goes into Staging a Musical? Rehearsal Diary Week Three

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Okay, it’s a little bit of a stretch saying that last week in London was all part of the rehearsal diary, given that we abandoned the rehearsal room, had two public performances and made a cast recording. But given that’s it’s all preparation for our WORLD PREMIERE in Edinburgh, we’ll stick with the “Rehearsal Diary” banner for now. Production Assistant Adam Niemann …

Love Birds have flown the London coop after hugely popular previews

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Today (Monday 3 August 2015) the Love Birds company have flown the London coop and are en route en masse to Edinburgh, where performances begin at Pleasance Two at the Pleasance Courtyard on Wednesday at 12.35pm. The nine-strong cast got to spread their wings last Tuesday and Wednesday for sneak-peek London previews in front of two nights of capacity audiences …

Robbie Sherman Explains: The musical legacy of the Sherman family

Three musical generations of Shermans: Al Sherman, Robert B Sherman and (as a toddler) Robert J Sherman

You’ve probably heard of the Sherman Brothers. But that’s not where the Sherman family musical legacy began or ended. Just how far back does it go?  Love Birds creator Robbie Sherman (music, lyrics and book) explains: As far back as our family history goes, we’ve had Shermans who were musically inclined. Patrilineally, my father and uncle (“The Sherman Brothers”) are …