Bryan Adams has certainly shown the what he can do in rock 'n' roll, with an estimated nearly 100 million records sold worldwide and 14 Top 20 singles in the U.S. since 1980
Now the Canadian-born artist is taking his act to Broadway.
Adams and longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance are charged with creating original songs for the stage adaptation of the hit 1990 film "Pretty Woman." They've been working on it since January and have about 14 of the 20-22 songs already done. And while it's a new challenge, the Canadian born artist reports that it's also "super fun."
"Basically we did an audition," Adams, 56, recalled by phone from London, England, where he primarily resides with his wife and two daughters. "Jim and I wrote three songs which we thought would be appropriate for the stage and then we met with (the producers) and it was one of those classic scenarios where, 'OK, you guys need to leave the room so we can talk about you, and we'll call you, don't call us.'
"And then half an hour later I got a call."
During the process, Adams also got to work with the original film's director, Garry Marshall, who passed away earlier this week. "What a sweetheart he is. You wouldn't believe it," Adams said the day prior to Marshall's death. "He wasn't at the original audition that we did, but he was very much a part of this. Just brilliant to work with."
Writing the musical, meanwhile, has been entirely different from anything Adams -- who's written songs for films, including 2002's "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" and 2014's "Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return" -- and Vallance has done before.
"We have these large sort of meetings when we all sort of sit around, 20-25 people," explained Adams, "and they all talk about what's going to happen and Jim and I sort of skulk away and go write a song. Obviously these things go through huge changes as you get closer to the date, so the stage is different than a band. You find areas of (the book) where music's playing and there's dialogue and you have to segue back into the song.
"So there's a lot of arrangements that goes on -- a lot more production and arrangement that goes into a music than there is in making an album.
Adams, who also has an active and critically acclaimed career as a photographer, plans to be back in album-making mode at some point, too. His 2015 release "Get Up," produced by Jeff Lynne, was Adams' first of new material in seven years, but he predicts that being in writing gear for "Pretty Woman" may just yield material for a new album of his own, too.
"There's more songs that keep rearing their head, so I've been thinking that maybe I should start making a record as well," said Adams, before quickly quippping "'cause I've got nothing else to do, do I?"
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