Diana – A New Musical

I just started a workshop of a new musical in the works called “Diana.” It had much of the same crew as “Memphis,” the show I was a part of back in 2009.
If these people are behind it, I’m sure it’s good!

“According to Broadway.com, the world premiere of Diana — an original musical set in 1981, as Diana prepared to marry Prince Charles — will take place during the 2018-2019 season of California’s La Jolla Playhouse. The musical will also explore the aftermath of that marriage, from her husband’s highly publicized affair with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to her relationship with the press.”

“While there’s been no word so far on who will take on the titular role, Diana’s story is in good hands. Diana is being brought to life by the Tony-award winning pair behind the 2009 Broadway musical Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. Bryan is also the keyboard player for Bon Jovi.”

“Fittingly, the musical’s original score will feature both classical melodies and pop and rock songs reminiscent of the 1980s.”

Read more here: http://people.com/royals/princess-diana-muiscal-wedding-prince-charles/  

 

Creativity

It has been a long time since I’ve been in a setting where I can be fully creative. I reunited with a few longtime colleagues and began working on music for a new project. It is great tapping into the part of my brain where I can create music and have full input.

When I am a part of a new musical, I can get somewhat creative with the drum parts that I’ll be playing. I can only get so free with what I play because there are limits. I can’t play anything I want because I have to fit  into a complicated puzzle. I have to not only interact with the musicians, but I have to think about the dancers, the actors, and how it will work within the context of the show.

Creating drum parts for new shows is still a thrill, especially when it is a show that I will be playing for a long time. When I am in a workshop it can be fun too. I am not sure who will be playing the parts I help create in the future when it is a full production. Some of the time I play what is written in the score, but more often than not, I’m inventing new parts that become part of the show.

When I got the call to get back together and develop new material again, it was exciting because I need to tap into my creative side. If I’m not engaging that part of my brain, it tends to atrophy. It’s like a muscle that needs to be used on a regular basis. It is just part of who I am.

As we began interacting with one another in the room, it reminded me of the kinds of rehearsals I did on an almost daily basis when I came to New York City in 1993. Back then, it was all about new music and new ideas. It was a much younger me trying to find the newest thing to present to my friends and possible new fans. I have a lot of these sessions on cassette and from time to time revisit those days by listening back. There are times when I am pleasantly impressed with what I did and others where I ask myself, “what was I thinking?”

Being part of the community of creative people keeps me in a positive frame of mind. When you step back and think about it, everything around us was invented by someone. Someone had the idea to crate the smart phone, the tablet or the computer people are reading this on. Someone imaginative designed the layout of this site. Innovators wrote and performed the music you heard on the radio or in the supermarket. Artful people designed the table we ate from last night and designed the glass we drank from. Visionaries thought of the style of light that is lighting our home that was designed by a creative architect. Creativity is all around you.

Let the creatives loose and the world can be a better place. Or at least a more interesting one. Let’s see if the new music I am creating will inspire more inventiveness.

 

Clayton Craddock is a stay-at-home father of two children in New York City. He has a B.B.A from Howard University’s School of Business and is also a 18 year veteran of the fast paced New York City music scene. He has played drums with music legends such as Chuck Berry and The Stylistics and has played in a number of hit Broadway musicals including “tick…tick…BOOM, Memphis the Musical and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with Audra McDonald. He has also worked on her a number of musicals; Footloose, Motown, The Color Purple, Bare, The First Wives Club, The Last Goodbye, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, Spongebob Squarepants, and Avenue Q. Clayton is currently the drummer in a new Broadway bound musical titled Ain’t Too Proud.

Clayton has written for A Voice For Men, The Good Men Project and is writing a memoir about fatherhood.

Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco

I’m working with some truly talented people tomorrow (Wednesday Jan 10th at 9:30PM) at Feinstein’s 54 Below. Come down and see us if you can!

Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco

Award-winning collaborative team Tom Gualtieri (lyrics) and David Sisco (music) return to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a brand new collection of songs that celebrate and skewer contemporary life and relationships. After years of collaborating on full-scale musicals (including Falling to Earth, I’m Afraid You’re Afraid, and a forthcoming project with book writer Michael Zam), Gualtieri & Sisco explore the intersection between compelling storytelling and exciting musical forms to create a dynamic cycle of songs. A bevy of Broadway talents bring to life their unique meld of musical theatre with pop/rock and folk influences.

Directed by Laura Josepher

Featuring:

Ta’Rea Campbell
Alexandra Foucard
Amy Justman
Kevin Massey
Dennis Stowe

More info HERE: https://54below.com/events/songs-tom-gualtieri-david-sisco/

 

A New Year- New Goals

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my site.  I plan to write one piece every day for the entire year. I have so many things I would like to say and share. I hope to be engaging as well as thought provoking.

If you have been following me on twitter (@claytoncraddock), Instagram (claytoncraddock) or on my blog over the past 7 years (www.socraddockmethod.com), you should know that I have plenty of things to write about.

Readers of my site may or may not agree with me, but I want to make an attemtp to get people talking. I want a conversation and constructive dialogue.

I’d like to have readers find common ground and see things from another person’s point of view. I don’t feel that anyone should change their minds or abandon whatever values they may have, but I would like to shed some light on new ways of thinking about current events and different ideologies.

I’ll be letting everyone know about the venues were I am performing and any cool gigs I may have, but I plan to share other things that I find interesting.

My intention with my posts are also a workshop for my writing. The best way to get better at something is to just do it, so my daily writing will be a way to work on a new craft. I’ve been interested in writing for a long time and I want to find a way to do it on a regular basis. I’m more than halfway completed with a memoir I have been writing for years. One of my many goals for myself in  2018 include completeing it by the end of the year.

I have no idea what this year will bring. I’m sure there will be plenty of ups and downs, just like any other year. I’m trying to stay positive and look at the bright side of things. There usually is a silver lining in most situations.

Stay tuned for some thought provoking posts in the near future. I like to stir the pot. Feel free to leave a comment or two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 – Looking Forward

I’m excited to begin this year for a few reasons. I’m going to be traveling to South Africa. I was asked to play drums for the Swarthmore College Alumni Gospel Choir. We have a South Africa Performance Tour in collaboration with First United Methodist Church of Germantown. We are  traveling to Johannesburg, Soweto, Bedfordview, Pilanesberg National Park, Langa Township, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, and Cape Town. I’ve never been to any country in Africa and cant wait to see this one. I hear it’s beautiful. 

In March, I am performing with young performers from the Weill Music Institute’s program. I will share the stage with some talented young musicians in an event titled “A Time Like This: Music For Change” at Carnegie Hall on March 11th at 3PM. Kenny Seymour is the musical director and I am really looking forward to performing here.

In June and July I will be continuing what was started in California last fall. I will be traveling to Washington D.C. to be a part of the pre-Broadway run of the amazing musical “Ain’t Too Proud –  The Life And Times of The Temptations.” We will be in the Eisenhower Theater from Tuesday June 19th until Sunday July 22nd.  The show enjoyed its critically acclaimed, record-breaking world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it became the highest-grossing production in the venue’s nearly 50-year history.

I had my first show subbing at Spongebob Squarepants last week and will be back subbing for an AMAZING drummer (Damien Bassman) from time to time there. It’s such a fun show to play and even more fun to watch from the audience. I saw it with my girlfriend and highly recommend it.

 

Clayton Craddock is a stay-at-home father of two children in New York City. He has a B.B.A from Howard University’s School of Business and is also a 18 year veteran of the fast paced New York City music scene. He has played drums with music legends such as Chuck Berry and The Stylistics and has played in a number of hit Broadway musicals including “tick…tick…BOOM, Memphis the Musical and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with Audra McDonald. He has also worked on her a number of musicals; Footloose, Motown, The Color Purple, Bare, The First Wives Club, The Last Goodbye, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, Spongebob Squarepants, and Avenue Q. Clayton is currently the drummer in a new Broadway bound musical titled Ain’t Too Proud.

Clayton has written for A Voice For Men, The Good Men Project and is writing a memoir about fatherhood.

Zigaboo

George Farmer, Zigaboo Modeliste and I having a moment (of fun) after his soundcheck at Freight and Salvage across the street from The Berkeley Repertory Theatre back in October of 2017.

We were fortunate to have the opportunity to watch his soundcheck in between our shows at “Ain’t Too Proud.” We had the chance to chat with him for a good 45 minutes. I asked a million questions and he seemed like he had a million answers for me. I had three million more to ask but he was reminded by his manager to get some food before he had to work…so we let him go-lol!

He was great to talk with. I’m glad we had the chance to meet a living legend and an amazing musician.

I was about to call out sick to my show but remembered that I had no subs in Berkeley to fill in for me if I were to take off…damn..damn…DAMN!

I sure would have been dancing to some good ol’ NOLA funk if I were at his show. He’s so good!

I love that music and love me some New Orleans.

By the way, it appears as if Zig made a choice that I’ll be making soon…moving to the Bay Area. He’s been there for a while.

GOOD CHOICE sir!

I’ll have to catch one of his shows soon. Maybe in 2018 at the Jazz Fest?

Clayton Craddock is a stay-at-home father of two children in New York City. He has a B.B.A from Howard University’s School of Business and is also a 17 year veteran of the fast paced New York City music scene. He has played drums in a number of hit Broadway musicals including “tick…tick…BOOM, Memphis the Musical and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with Audra McDonald.

He has worked on other musicals; Footloose, Motown, The Color Purple, Bare, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, and Avenue Q and is currently the drummer in a new Broadway bound musical titled Ain’t Too Proud.

Clayton has written for A Voice For Men, The Good Men Project and is writing a memoir about fatherhood.

 

Shop Around

After playing the top of the line drums in Berkeley at the show “Ain’t Too Proud” for 4 months, it’s hard to play drums that are 25 years old. There isn’t really anything wrong with these drums but I LOVED playing on brand new Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple drums. Those drums just sing!

It’s time to sell off all my old stuff and upgrade. Yes indeed. These drums helped me make lots of music, and money over the years, but it’s time to move into the new year with new equipment.

Hey, maybe I’ll get a new GMS! They are a great company.

It’s time to shop around.

Clayton Craddock is a stay-at-home father of two children in New York City. He has a B.B.A from Howard University’s School of Business and is also a 17 year veteran of the fast paced New York City music scene. He has played drums in a number of hit Broadway musicals including “tick…tick…BOOM, Memphis the Musical and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with Audra McDonald. He has worked on other musicals; Footloose, Motown, The Color Purple, Bare, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, and Avenue Q and is currently the drummer in a new Broadway bound musical titled Ain’t Too Proud.
Clayton has written for A Voice For Men, The Good Men Project and is writing a memoir about fatherhood.