Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Air Supply Composer Targets Robin Hood

PARK CITY, Utah (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Air Supply songwriter Graham Russell is best known for love songs like “All Out Of Love,” “Lost In Love,” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All.”

Now he’d love to write for Broadway and is aiming to do it with a musical based on Robin Hood.

Russell has spent the last 20 years writing The Heart Of The Rose, a musical about the legendary British hero – including eight years on research alone.

He says in order to write the musical he had to learn the true story about the hero, and says a British historian helped him find out details that had been lost to history.

For instance, Russell says the real Robin Hood lived in Yorkshire, not Nottingham, about 100 years AFTER the reign of Sir Richard the Lion-Hearted.

Russell says the musical features all types of musical styles, and “not just the big ballads” he’s known for.

However, he knows where his bread is buttered and admits there are at least a couple of those that he suspects will be hits.

Russell is raising $10 million to put on the musical and hopes to debut in London within a year. However, he’d like to preview it in Nottingham, since it is so associated with Robin Hood.

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