About our interview with Lucy Simon
Lucy Simon, Grammy Award-winning, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and composer for The Secret Garden and Doctor Zhivago (Broadway opening April 21st) shares how the tapestry of her life experiences has lead her to writing for musical theater. Lucy shares with us how her compositional style is influenced and inspired by folksongs, opera, the lied of Schumann, Schubert and Strauss and operatic compositional techniques such as the use of leitmotifs. We talked about; her compositional process in writing songs, the challenges in writing the music for Doctor Zhivago, the path of Doctor Zhivago to the Broadway stage and her process in working with the lyricists, music director and orchestrators. Lucy shares her personal connection to the story as well as how the message of the story and poetry inspired her to create communicative melodies that translate the emotions and characters into a musical language.