by / January 13th, 2010 /

Randy Newman – Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin

Tickets will be €59.80, 65.70 fully seated on sale next Wed 25th November at 9am from all ticketmaster outlets nationwide
Booking line no. 0818 719 377 and online at www.ticketmaster.ie Group Bookings 01 677 7770

Grand Canal Theatre is Ireland’s brand new 2,100 seat venue. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the theatre has been designed as a receiving house for musicals, theatre, ballet and opera owned by Harry Crosbie. Access to the venue will be provided through a mix of public and private transport. There will be full Dart, Bus and Luas connections and it is in walking distance of the city centre. www.grandcanaltheatre.ie
Over the course of 40 years, Newman has released 10 albums of original studio material, along with Randy Newman Live, originally designed as a promo-only item; a recording of his musical theater adaptation of Faust; and The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 a piano-and-voice retrospective that also served as his Nonesuch debut. Since 1981, however, with his score for Ragtime, Newman has been a prolific film music composer, a regular Academy Award nominee, and, in 2002, an Oscar winner for ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ from Monsters, Inc. Among his notable scores are The Natural, Parenthood, Awakenings, Avalon, Pleasantville and Leatherheads; Newman even shared screenwriting credit for the 1986 Steve Martin hit, Three Amigos! In recent years, he has specialized in composing for an impressive range of critically acclaimed, commercially blockbuster family films, including Toy Story, James and The Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc, and Cars. Though Newman projects the image of misanthrope in his own work, he summons tremendous warmth, tenderness, and a gentler form of humor in the songs he’s created for these movies.
Newman is also a five-time Grammy Award winner, and the recipient, in 2002, of the Recording Academy’s prestigious Governors’ Award. He has also garnered two Emmys: in 2004 for the title theme to Monk and in 1991 for songs composed for the short-lived but well-regarded musical series Cop Rock.
The enduring quality and emotional depth of his work are perhaps best exemplified by ‘Louisiana 1927,’ a song from Good Old Boys about a flood that devastated parts of Louisiana early in the 20th Century. Post-Katrina, the song was adapted by Crescent City artists like Marcia Ball and Aaron Neville as a kind of anthem, sung with as much pride as bitterness. The song became a leitmotif of the 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where Newman himself delivered a bravura performance.