On the Couch with Bradley McCaw

Bradley McCaw AAR On the CouchWho is Bradley McCaw?
Bradley McCaw is an award winning Australian who loves writing in the third person. He LOVES musicals so much, he has dedicated a good 10 years to his life to making them and is now bringing a new one, ANY MOMENT, to Melbourne! He also travels the world performing and has made a career of playing music, acting, writing and making podcasts.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would probably own a really cool record store in Tasmania.

Who inspires you and why?
This incredible cast performing at Chapel off Chapel on 25 & 26 June. Everyone is so insanely talented! I mean look at this list… Natalie O’Donnell (Mamma Mia!), John O’Hara (School of Rock), Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann winner), Vidya Makan (Sunday in the Park with George), Du Toit Bredenkamp (The Sound of Music) Imogen Spendlove, Jessie Singleton and Harry Fenn are all performing! SERIOUSLY… How did I get so lucky!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Kindness. I also remind myself to be quiet sometimes. I love to tell jokes, so personally, I can help the world by just shutting up every now and then. True story!

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I LOVE Tasmania. ANY MOMENT (musical) spent a week in Launceston at the Australian Musical Theatre Festival last month, and I was stunned by the incredible food, wine and coffee in the area. I would love to go back and spend a month just sitting by the fire, reading and eating. Otherwise I’d jump on a plane to New York… For the pizza!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’d send them to my favourite coffee shops! I travel a lot, so I have a good collection of favourite stops all around the world.

What are you currently reading?
I’m actually reading a lot of my own re-drafts! We have written a bunch of new songs for ANY MOMENT in Melbourne, so I’ve been working on those. Also, Becoming Bill, another musical I have written, opens in Brisbane with Rachael Beck this August. So that’s keeping me busy.

What are you currently listening to?
The Concept Studio Recording of ANY MOMENT a new musical. It hits iTunes and Spotify later this month. It features some incredible performers: Lauren McKenna, Kurt Phelan, Shaun Kohlman, Lizzie Moore, James Shaw and SO many others. We are really proud of it and can’t wait for everyone to hear it! Two of the singles are already available: Twenty More Till and Next Time.

Happiness is?
Wow. You guys are dealing with the big questions. Honestly, I wonder if that answer changes over time. As we grow and get older we value different things, so, right now… Happiness is spending time with my family and friends and getting up each day to make art. It’s not always simple or easy, but I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to do it.

What does the future hold for you?
Right now I’m looking to 25 & 26 June when ANY MOMENT is presented at Chapel off Chapel as part of the 2019 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The cast is INCREDIBLE! I also have a new podcast coming out called MAKING MUSICALS. I spent 10 days in New York trying to learn how to make a great musical. You can follow that on Instagram and Facebook.

Image: Bradley McCaw (supplied)