With Garth Drabinsky in the news lately, I’m reminded of my favourite online quote about the man who is frequently called “Garth Vader” but rarely “Wanin’ Garth.” It was in a rec.arts.theatre.musicals post back in 2001 by a songwriter who had written a score for one of Drabinsky’s musicals. Responding to my post about whether there were more composer-lyricists (that is, people who do both jobs) than there used to be, he wrote:
For what it’s worth, I remember Drabinsky telling me that he thought a composer-lyricist was a bad choice to write a show – he wanted a multiplicity of collaborators, and felt that the writing should be divided among three parties instead of two. Soon he will be in jail, so take that on advisement.
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