How to Make a New Musical with an ‘In-Between’ Verse in the Middle of a Musical
An article by Steve Kroft and Roberta Williams from The American Conservatives: “In Between” is a great idea for a musical.
“When we were developing it, the idea was that the two main characters are at a crossroads,” says composer-producer/songwriter-musician Kevin MacLeod, whose new band The Offspring will be the opening act for the Broadway revival.
“We’re playing the same material, but in between, which is a wonderful way to play a musical without the tension of the main story.”
In the end, it turns out that the musical was a big hit, with the song “In-between” leading to a Grammy nomination and a record deal.
“It was a very exciting time,” MacLeod says.
“But at the end of the day, it’s just a piece of music.
It’s not a musical at all.”
A few of the songs in the new musical, including “Boys Don’t Cry,” “In between,” and “Tear You Apart,” are also being released on Spotify and other streaming services.
(The album, available as a streaming service, will be released by December.)
“Inbetween” is MacLeod’s first foray into the music industry, and the result is one of his most ambitious, complex and personal projects to date.
MacLeod spent years as a composer and arranger before landing in the music business, and he’s used his musical talents to tell personal stories of loss and triumph.
The songs on In-between, for instance, are about “lost time,” “the unknown” and “a broken heart.”
“I think in between was one of the first times I ever got to play the musical in the middle of a song,” MacLean says.
“‘In between’ is a very interesting musical idea, but it’s also a lot about the uncertainty of time and the uncertainty that comes with being a person in a world where time is very much changing.
And ‘Boys don’t cry’ is the song that really hit home with me.”
In-betweens “Tears You Apart” and the song’s accompanying video are also featured on the new album.
“Bodies in Motion” features an acoustic guitar riff from MacLean and his band The Dead Boys.
“The song is about the experience of being a man and having a family, which was an important part of my life growing up,” Maclean says.
MacLean, who has been writing songs for years, also writes his own songs, including a number for the new live album.
(His own solo album, The Bigger Picture, will arrive in January.)
“The idea that I was just trying to make something really simple for the world to enjoy was a really liberating thing,” MacLeodsays MacLeod has spent years developing a musical that’s inspired him.
The new song is a perfect example of that.
“Tales of a Lost Soul” is about finding love in the midst of a tragedy.
“I don’t know if there’s an old-fashioned song about finding a soul,” MacLannesays MacLean also wrote a song called “Crazy in Love.”
“It’s kind of a romantic song,” he says.
It also includes a haunting guitar solo and lyrics about “life being crazy.”
(You can hear a sample of that song here.)
“Life’s not that bad, you know,” Mac Leodays says of the lyrics.
“There’s not much that’s bad about it, either.
It is a song about being a lost soul.”
“Birdsong” is another “love story” about loss and finding a place in the world.
MacLanysays MacLeodays first musical came about when he and the band wanted to write a song for the National Theatre about his parents’ divorce.
“My father left me, and I was like, ‘Well, that’s the end,'” MacLean recalls.
“So I decided to write about my parents’ breakup, which became a huge part of our lives, and it just became really, really fun to do.”
The songs in MacLeans music are full of themes of loss, and they were the reason he decided to focus on writing songs about the emotional toll of divorce.
But as the songs have evolved, theyve also become more personal, he says, reflecting the artist’s journey in writing them.
“As a composer, I’m just interested in creating music that I think people can relate to,” he explains.
“That I can relate too.
I’ve got an affinity for people and what I love to do, so I’ve always been fascinated with that aspect of music.”
“The big thing about this musical is that we really wanted to do it in a way that people would be able to relate to it,” he continues.
“Because we were so interested in the story of the song, and we wanted to tell that story in