Warner Chappell Music inks global deal with Australia’s Eddie Perfect

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) today announced that it has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Australia’s Eddie Perfect.

The songwriter’s work recently made its Broadway debut in two highly anticipated musicals: King Kong and Beetlejuice.

King Kong, based on the classic 1933 film, opened at the Broadway Theatre in October of 2018, and Beetlejuice, based on the 1988 Tim Burton flick, recently opened at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Eddie Perfect is one of Australia’s most respected and prolific writer/composer/performers, having made his mark in the fields of comedy, music theatre composition, playwriting, screenwriting, classical music, jazz and acting for stage and screen.

As a composer/lyricist, his credits include The Big Con (Malthouse Theatre), Shane Warne The Musical (Token), Drink Pepsi Bitch (Malthouse Theatre), Angry Eddie, Misanthropology (Sydney Festival), Songs From The Middle (with The Brodsky Quartet), Strictly Ballroom (Global Creatures) and Vivid White (Melbourne Theatre Company).

“I’m personally very proud to add such a truly unique and brilliant talent to our repertoire, and everyone at Warner Chappell Music is thrilled to be along for the journey as he takes on even bigger stages – both literally and figuratively.”

Kurt Deutsch,  Warner Chappell Music

In Australia, he wrote the stage play The Beast and Vivid White for Melbourne Theatre Company, the screenplay for the absurdist comedy The Future Is Expensive for ABC television, and co-artistically directed the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2016 and 2017.

He can be seen on Australian television’s Playschool where he is a presenter, as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent, and on Netflix as Mick Holland in the Australian Drama/Comedy series Offspring.  Perfect recently received a Tony Award nomination for his score for Beetlejuice The Musical.

“I’m so fortunate to have met Kurt Deutsch; he’s always been one of my heroes, having produced the most influential Broadway Cast Recordings of my generation.”

Eddie Perfect 

Kurt Deutsch, Senior Vice President, Theatrical & Catalog Development for Warner Chappell Music said: “Eddie is an incredibly charismatic and hilarious guy and a talented overall performer – but he can also develop lyrics that inconspicuously move a story forward and melodies that you leave the theatre humming.

“I’m personally very proud to add such a truly unique and brilliant talent to our repertoire, and everyone at Warner Chappell Music is thrilled to be along for the journey as he takes on even bigger stages – both literally and figuratively.”

Eddie Perfect added: “I’m so fortunate to have met Kurt Deutsch; he’s always been one of my heroes, having produced the most influential Broadway Cast Recordings of my generation.

“It’s actually his creativity and enthusiasm that has shaped the understanding of what the best of Broadway can be for those who, like me, just happen to live on the other side of the planet.

“In many ways, he bridged the gap between Australia and New York, allowing a composer like myself to feel connected to New York’s brilliant creative music theatre industry from afar.

“The fact that I am now able to work with him, to experience his enthusiasm and knowledge first-hand, is a gift I can’t adequately explain. I’m new in this place, but Kurt’s belief in me and infectious passion for the art form has made this little Aussie outsider feel welcome.

“I can’t wait to see what’s next, and to continue to write music for the theatre that combines the best of my experiences making music and theatre in Australia and applying it to the world of Broadway and beyond.”Music Business Worldwide

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