Laurence Mark Whythe is an award winning book writer/composer and one of London's leading emerging creators of new musical theatre. His show "Tomorrow Morning" (currently playing at the York Theatre Company thru April 23) was first produced in London in 2006 and then in Chicago in 2008 where it won the Jeff Award for "Best Midsize Musical," followed by productions in Melbourne and again in Lodon in 2010 which starred Julie Atherton and Jon Lee. Laurence's musical "Through The Door" (book by Judy Freed) was seen in London's West End in 2009 also starred Julie Atherton. His other theatrical credits include the festive family musical "The Lost Christmas" and composing the score for Joe DiPietro's play "F---ing Men" in Chicago. Laurence is currently writing the musical "Girlfriends" for Korean producers OD Musical. For much more on Laurence be sure to visit http://www.laurencemarkwhythe.com.
"Tomorrow Morning" plays at the York Theatre Company in NYC (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street) through April 23, 2011 and stars fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Autumn Hurlbert along with D.B. Bonds, Matthew Hydzik, and Mary Mossberg. Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Every show I saw as a child made me more sure that I would write them myself!
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Rob Ashford.
3. What made you write "Tomorrow Morning"? How did you decide to tell the story in the style that it's played out in? I had the idea for the show ten years ago, thinking about two characters seen at the start and at the end of their marriage - two points in time seen simultaneously in one night... it felt like a good idea!
4. What's the best advice you've ever received? John Sparks, a theatre director and tutor from Chicagp gave me an Oscar Hammerstein quote –“Sit down and work." Don’t wait for inspiration, sit down and do the work and it’ll come.
5. What's your favorite part of the creative process? Getting over a hurdle – when you think you’re not gonna find the idea for a song, and then it comes. You can still do it! It’s a relief, and an adrenalin rush.
6. Favorite place to write/compose on your own? I work in the converted loft in my house, and I prefer it when it’s quiet. (But I have two kids, so that’s rare if they are home while I’m working!) But I'm working in my head much of the time, when I'm running, cleaning, etc. It takes a lot of slow thinking, then often some fast writing!
7. Favorite way to spend your day off? With my daughters.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers. Never ever been a briefs man.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I had a huge crush on Wonder Woman as a kid, but it has to be Superman. I was obsessed with the three movies.
11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Um…I hope I have but I can’t think of anything!
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Anne Hathaway is welcome in my dreams any time.