Industry Talks is a new musical theatre podcast focusing on the industry professionals that play a pivotal part in getting a musical from page to stage.
On this week’s episode, we speak to a theatre legend, casting director David Grindrod.
David gives us a whistle-stop tour of his fascinating career. From starting out in technical theatre and training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to being the most respected and influential casting director in theatre and film. We speak about a variety of shows including Starlight Express, Mamma Mia!, Chicago and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
We also speak about David’s roles with Arts Educational Schools London and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.
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0:00 – 8:27 – David firstly tells us about the role he plays within the Arts Industry. He begins by telling us about staring out in technical theatre at LAMDA – London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
8:28 – 11:59 – David tells us how he met Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber while he was a Company Manager for Starlight Express in Japan. We then learned it was when David was working for the late Duncan Weldon, that he learned the key skills of billing, negotiating a contract and building a show.
12:00 – 17:48 – After working with Duncan Weldon, David tells us his next role was Company Stage Manager for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium with Jason Donovan. It was after Joseph and then working on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard that David was asked to cast the second cast of the show. Since Sunset Boulevard, David has since cast every Andrew Lloyd Webber musical from Jesus Christ Superstar to Tell Me On A Sunday.
17:49 – 22:39 – It was in 1998 that David left the Really Useful Group and started David Grindrod Associates. In this section of the podcast, David tells more about The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and how the foundation supports young talent. We also speak about David’s role within Arts Educational School.
22:40 – 30:19 – David gives us an insight into some of the shows he has worked on including Chicago. We also hear the story about how a little show initially called Summer Nights City eventually became Mamma Mia! We hear the whole Mamma Mia! story and how David became the Casting Director for every new Mamma Mia production across the globe.
30:20 -34:33 – Catherine asks David how he approaches casting and how his team works together on each project. He also tells us his key advice for someone who wants to work in the industry.