|Welcome To Hollywood|
|Recording Artist:||The Cast of Pretty Woman: The Musical|
|Writers:|| Jim Vallance
|Date Written:||October 2015, Toronto (with revisions 2016-18)|
|Album:||Pretty Woman: The Musical (Atlantic Records / 2018)|
Vocals: Eric Anderson, Orfeh, the Company
Will Van Dyke: keyboards, conductor, music supervisor, orchestrator and arranger
Produced by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. Recorded by Derik Lee at Power Station and Atlantic Studios, New York (assisted by Ebonie Smith, Joe Pomarico, Dan Fyfe, Brett Mayer, Neal Shaw). Mixed by Neal Avron at The Casita, Hollywood, CA (assisted by Scott Skrzynsk). Mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, New Jersey.
Bryan Adams and I met with director Jerry Mitchell in London in August 2015 to discuss the possibility of collaborating on "Pretty Woman: The Musical". We spent an hour in a pizza restaurant in London's West End, getting acquainted and discussing the project. Looking back, Jerry was taking a huge gamble. Bryan and I had never written a Musical before. This was significantly outside our comfort zone. But perhaps that's what appealed to Jerry?
To get a sense of things, we asked Jerry to "walk us through" the opening scene, including a description of characters, set design, choreography ... in other words, everything he envisioned, assuming the project ended up going forward.
Jerry's a very animated and articulate fellow. He virtually "performed" the opening sequence for us, right there in the restaurant booth.
By the end of our meeting I could almost picture the opening scene on stage: the "Happy Man" character dancing down the sidewalk, greeting strangers, welcoming everyone to Hollywood.
Regardless, I had serious reservations about taking this on. I mean, what did I know about musical theatre? (answer = almost nothing).
We told Jerry we'd give some thought, and we agreed to meet again in a few months time.
Song inspiration didn't strike immediately, nor did I think it ever would. But a week or two after our meeting with Jerry an idea occurred to me one day while I was taking a walk. It was just a few bars of lyric and melody to begin with, the key phrase being, "Welcome To Hollywood". I sang the idea into my iPhone so I wouldn't forget it, and when I got home I recorded a quick demo and I sent it to Bryan in London.
Bryan liked the idea, and we began sending emails back and forth, each of us contributing lyrics and melody until the song was more-or-less complete.
On November 1st, 2015 we met Jerry again, this time at his apartment in New York, along with producer Paula Wagner and writer J. F. Lawton. They weren't expecting us to have any music ready ... in fact, they were surprised when we played them our demo for "Welcome To Hollywood", and a second demo for "Long Way Home".
Long story short, they loved what they heard and they hired us on the spot.!
Thus began a three-year journey that was equal parts Heaven and Hell.
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