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 …

WATCH: Disneyana’s new theme song, introduced by Robbie Sherman

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As Love Birds heads into the final week of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, the video is released for another Robbie Sherman premiere: the new official theme song of the Disneyana Fan Club. The video, recorded in Winter Park, Florida, features the close-harmony singing of the Liberty Voices, led by Tony De Rosa, and a special introduction by Robbie, explaining his …

Interview: Joanna Sawyer glams up to Paint a Rainbow

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Continuing our cast interview series, we catch up with Joanna Sawyer, who plays Love Birds‘ Veronica Macaw, one of the trio of Macaw Sisters. Read more about Jo’s previous credits on the Love Birds cast page. Follow him on Twitter @JoSawyer04.  Tell us more about your character Veronica. What do you think her backstory is? Veronica is the sexy, glamorous …

Interview: Youngest penguin George Knapper comes of age with a whistle

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Continuing our cast interview series, we catch up with George Knapper, who plays Love Birds‘ youngest member of the Quack Pack, Puck. Read more about George’s previous credits on the Love Birds cast page. Follow him on Twitter @GeorgeKnapper.    Tell us more about your character, Puck. Puck is the youngest of the penguins. But out of all four of …

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” …

Watch: The Story Behind … An Old-Fashioned Guy (in performance)

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Writer Robbie Sherman and director Stewart Nicholls explain how the show’s soft shoe shuffle, “An Old-Fashioned Guy”, was put together – including what a tacit bar is and the challenge of talking over music. Actors John Guerrasio and Greg Castiglioni demonstrate exactly how it’s done in performance in Love Birds The Musical…  

WATCH: The Sharpest Smile is sounding happy and snappy

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From keyboard to performance: writer Robbie Sherman talks to director Stewart Nicholls about the lyrics to “The Sharpest Smile” (a song about a parrot’s affair with an altogether different kind of beast), and Love Birds cast members Anna Stolli and John Guerrasio put the new song through its paces in the show…

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), …