An original BroadStage production celebrating the power of film scores by today's most game-changing composers, Cue the Music centers BroadStage's commitment to advancing the art and visibility of contemporary composers in all genres of music. Enjoy conversations, live music, film clips, commentary and an audience Q&A moderated by the former President of Music at 20th Century Fox, award-winning songwriter, composer and producer Robert Kraft.
John Powell, composer
A native of London, Powell was a mediocre violinist as a child, wrote music for commercials out of school, and assisted composer Patrick Doyle in the early 1990s. He moved to the U.S. in 1997, where he worked on numerous projects for Hans Zimmer and his film music company Remote Control. He co-wrote the score for Antz with Harry Gregson-Williams, and quickly became one of the most desirable, versatile, and exciting composers in town.
Powell was catapulted into the realm of A-list composers by displaying an entirely original voice with his oft-referenced scores to the first installment of Bourne trilogy, The Bourne Identity. He has also become the go-to writer for family animated films, scoring such hits as Shrek and Chicken Run (both co-written with Harry Gregson-Williams), Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Bolt, Rio 1&2, Happy Feet 1 & 2 and the two first installments of Kung Fu Panda (co-written with Hans Zimmer). His pulsating action music has provided the fuel for Hancock, Green Zone, Stop Loss, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Italian Job. His music has also sweetened the romance of Two Weeks Notice and P.S.: I Love You. In 2006 his music empowered X-Men: The Last Stand, lent tenderness to I Am Sam and gripping, real-time drama to United 93.
His infectious score for How to Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Throughout his career, Powell also collected three Grammy nominations for his scores ranging from sci-fi to family animation. Powell has also lent his voice to the score of Warner Bros.’ Pan, Blue Sky Studios’ Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and the critically acclaimed DreamWorks’ films How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 3. Powell scored Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard and 20th Century Studios’ family adventure feature The Call of the Wild. His upcoming score, Don’t Worry Darling is releasing in the Fall of 2022.
In addition to his numerous film scores of all genres, John Powell has also written concert works for choir and orchestra. A selection of these has been released with the album Hubris: Choral Works by John Powell, including his deeply moving oratorio A Prussian Requiem.
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Cue the Music with Robert Kraft featuring Harry Gregson-Williams