Laurence Mark Wythe

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Laurence Mark Wythe
Born Laurence Mark Wythe
(1974-02-08) 8 February 1974 (age 40)
Ashford, Kent, England
Website
http://www.laurencemarkwythe.com

Laurence Mark Wythe (born 8 February 1974, Ashford, Kent, England) is an award winning English composer, lyricist and writer for West End, international and Off-Broadway musicals. He is principally known for the off-Broadway musical Tomorrow Morning (2011)[1] and Through the Door (2009) seen in the West End at the Trafalgar Studios starring Julie Atherton. Tomorrow Morning won the Jeff Award in Chicago for Best Musical (midsize) in 2009. The musical opened at the Landor Theatre in South London in October 2010, and off-Broadway at the Theatre at Saint Peters on Lexington Avenue in New York on 31 March 2011.

Tomorrow Morning has now been seen on four continents in several languages. He is currently working on Through the Door (book by Judy Freed) which had a New York City reading in 2011 starring Broadway star Kerry Butler. The show will open in Seoul, Korea in 2015. In 2013 he wrote music for television channel Nickelodeon.

Personal life[edit]

Wythe is married and has two children, Sophie and Charlotte. Sophie Wythe is a child actress, who appeared in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium, playing the role of Marta von Trapp.[2] She also appeared for a year in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and was Young Fiona in Shrek – The Musical in the West End in 2011.

Awards[edit]

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical Outer Critics Circle Awards (Nominee)
Best New Musical Off-Broadway Alliance Awards 2011 (Nominee)
Best Musical BestofOffBroadway.com Tina Awards 2011 (Nominee)
Best Ensemble BestofOffBroadway.com Tina Awards 2011 (Nominee)
Best Actress in a Musical BestofOffBroadway.com Tina Awards 2011 (Nominee)
Best Musical (midsize) 2009 Jeff Awards, Chicago (Winner)
Best Artistic Specialization 2009 Jeff Awards Chicago (Winner).
Best Musical UK Theatre Radio's Best Musical 2006(Nominee).

Career[edit]

Educated in London and later at Cambridge, Wythe began his career as an actor in musical theatre appearing in stage productions including Peter Pan at the Cambridge Theatre in the West End, and The Secret Garden at Manchester Library Theatre. He later became a musical director before concentrating on writing and composing.[3] He also teaches/lectures in musical theatre in the UK and US.

Tomorrow Morning ran off Broadway in 2011.[4] Prior to this it played at the Greenhouse Theatre in Chicago for a limited six-week run in 2008, receiving strong notices from all the major Chicago critics including Chris Jones[5] at the Chicago Tribune, who called the a "Must See Work" and gave it 3-and-a-half stars; and Hedy Weiss at the Chicago Sun-Times.[6] The show won a Jeff Award for Best Musical (mid-size production) and for Best Artistic Specialization (Mike Tutaj – Film & Video Design).

His other musicals are Through the Door and The Lost Christmas, the former in concert in the West End in 2009, and both of which were seen in a showcase format in the West End in 2008. The Lost Christmas starred Suranne Jones and Jayne Wisener.[3] The Lost Christmas was recently produced at the Hazlitt Arts Centre in Kent in the United Kingdom.

In 2010, West End performer Stuart Matthew Price recorded Wythe's song "Goodnight Kiss" for his debut album All Things in Time for SimG Records. Other songs of his have been performed in concerts and cabarets, most notably "Action Man" from The Lost Christmas, which was performed in the West End at "Christmas in New York", "The Recurring Dream" and also "David's House".

In 2011 his musical The Lost Christmas played at the Waterloo East Theatre in London. In 2012 a production of Roll on the Day plays at the Etcetera Theatre in London, directed by Vik Sivalingam, design by Marie Kearney. The book is by Roberto Trippini, music and lyrics by Lawrence Mark Wythe. It has been suggested that Wythe is perhaps the most talented British composer and lyricist of his generation,[7] and that he is an exciting new voice in British musical theatre which has for some time not produced hit musicals from unknown creatives, i.e. beyond those created by already established names.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

In 2010, Lyn Gardner in The Guardian said that much of the score for Tomorrow Morning was "sublime, and sublimely delivered". She gave the show three and a half stars. Time Out London gave the show four stars and made it Critics Choice. Michael Coveny in The Independent had less glowing praise for the show itself, but pointed out Whythe's skill as a composer and lyricist, and his potential for the future. Paul Vale in The Stage called the show "thoughtful and intelligent". Mark Shenton, in the Sunday Express described the show as "coolly adult, neatly propelled by an earnest song cycle".

Critic Mark Shenton has previously supported the show, and described Whyte as potentially the most talented British musical theatre writer.

Credits[edit]

Year Production Role City Other notes
2013 Stage Tomorrow Morning Composer & Lyricist Seoul
2013 Stage Tomorrow Morning Composer & Lyricist Tokyo
2011 Stage The Lost Christmas Composer & Lyricist London
2012 Stage Roll on the Day Composer & Lyricist London Book by Roberto Trippini
2011 Stage (off-Broadway) Tomorrow Morning Composer & Lyricist New York
2011 Stage (off-Broadway) Through the Door Composer & Lyricist New York Book by Judy Freed
2009 Stage (West End) Through the Door Composer & Lyricist London Book by Judy Freed
2008 Stage Tomorrow Morning Composer & Lyricist & Book Chicago Jeff Award – Best Musical (mid-size production)/

Jeff Award – Best Artistic Specialization (Mike Tutaj – Film & Video Design)

2008 Stage Tomorrow Morning Composer & Lyricist & Book Norwich, Connecticut Nominated for 4 Spirit awards
2007 Stage The Lost Christmas Composer & Lyricist & Book Dartford, Kent, UK
2006 Stage Tomorrow Morning Composer & Lyricist & Book London Nomination: Theatre Radio Best Musical 2006
2005 Composition Fanfare for the Hard of Hearing Instrumental London Commissioned for the Breaking the Sound

Barrier campaign by RNID performed at BAFTA on Piccadilly, winner Best Campaign 3rd Sector Excellence Awards

2004 Stage A Tragedy of Errors Composer & Lyricst & Book London
2004 Film Kristina Song composition Winner of Best Short Film (under 75 mins)

Swansea Bay Film Festival

2002 Stage A Tragedy of Errors Composer & Lyricst & Book Cambridge, UK
2002 Stage/Arena CR7 – The Cancer Control Force Composer & Lyricist London/Glasgow/

Cardiff/Birmingham

2001 Stage It's Christmas Time Composer & Lyricist Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK
2000 Stage Cinderella Composer & Lyricist London
1998 Stage Robin Hood Composer & Lyricist London
1995 Stage Making Waves Composer & Lyricist London

References[edit]

  1. ^ LMW. "Tomorrow Morning Off Broadway". Tomorrowmorningthemusical.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b Laurence Mark Wythe. "LMW – Creating Musical Theatre". Laurencemarkwythe.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "The York Theatre Company – Where Musicals Come to Life!". Yorktheatre.org. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "Reviews". Kelliclevenger.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Yesterday in Chicago with Tomorrow Morning…. (10 November 2008). "The Stage / Shenton's View / Yesterday in Chicago with Tomorrow Morning". Blogs.thestage.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  8. ^ http://blogs.thestage.co.uk/mt/mt-search.cgi?blog_id=2&tag=Laurence%20Mark%20Whthe&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2

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