Composer and Lyricist
U.Me is an international love story staged for radio and podcast which has its world premiere on the BBC's World Service on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 7.45pm via www.bbcworldservice.com/musical. We caught up with the composer and lyricist Theo Jamieson to find out about the genesis and creation of this innovative and timely work of musical theatre.
Listen to Everything Stops: The opening track from ‘U.Me: The Musical’
How did you first become involved with U.Me?
Simon Pitts, the show’s creator and a Commissioning Editor for BBC World Service, got in touch with me via Twitter. He was looking for a writer for a radio-musical project and he had heard my songs on Soundcloud. What followed was a series of phone calls and emails in which we knocked around ideas and generally got more and more excited about the project’s potential. Simon invited Steve Levine (Culture Club, The Beach Boys) to produce the music and the BBC Philharmonic to perform. Very generously they embraced…
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Watch the trailer for The Pursuit of Love
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