The pop musical that you didn't know you wanted is currently in creation
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Although his name might not be instantly recognisable, Max Martin is behind hits such as Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time, Justin Timberlakes' Can't Stop The Feeling, and Taylor Swift's Shake It Off.
Image courtesy of Wikipedia CommonsA casting notice has been released which states that Martin's tunes are inspiration for the show that is "in final stages of production" and set to premiere in London in 2019. The performance is seeking male and female performers of "all ethnic backgrounds". The notice further calls for "exceptional pop singers" who can "act and dance to a high standard". Hip hop, breakdancing, and street dance perfomers are also mentioned in the casting call noitce. The story will be written by Shitt's Creak writer and executive producer David West Read. Read is also known for the Broadway show The Performers. Orchestration and musical arrangements will be overseen by Bill Sherman, who has previously worked on Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights, which premiered before the successful Hamilton. Martin is currently the third most successful songwriter in US chart hisotry with 22 number one hit singles, behind Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). The swedish producer has worked with artists such as Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, The Weekend, Adele, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. Before becoming a pop producer, Martin studied French Horn at school and was a member of heavy metal act It's Alive. Applying dynamics of metal music to pop songs is reportedly part of his secret formula that produces such successful songs. Stop start rhythms and wild contrasts are often in his tunes. In 2016 the producer was awarded the prestigious Polar Prize. Although he usually keeps a low profile, during this time he revelaed the secrets behind his success. Martin confessed that he steals from some of the pop greats: "I confesss, over the years I've ripped off giants like ABBA, Kiss and the late, amazing prince."
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