NAME: Anthony Bowles

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
1931 or 1932

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
March 15, 1993, London, England


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  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    Composer, Conductor, Arranger, Musical Director (theater, film and television)

    Studied at Royal Academy of Music in London

    Anthony Bowles was a leading musical director and conductor in London's West End for many years. His credits include several early Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musicals, among them Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also worked in New York at theaters such as SoHo Rep, where he conducted his original score to the musical Mandrake in 1984. His other musical theatre works include Love in the Country (1970) and Sir Thomas More (1964).

    Bowles studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London while supporting himself as a pit pianist. He later worked as assistant to the composer Benjamin Britten and as pianist for several ballet companies, including Sadler's Wells and the Stuttgart Ballet. He composed numerous television and movie scores, among them The Odessa File and Isadora, which he also conducted.

    He taught at the Guildhall and other drama schools in England, and in 1980 founded the Actor's Choir, an organization of actors and singers who work in television, film and the theater. In 1993 The Love Cooperative, the choir's production company, mounted a London revival of his 1970 musical Love in the Country.

    Anthony Bowles died of AIDS in London at the age of 61 on March 15, 1993.

    —adapted from New York Times obituary

    WORKS:

    THEATER

    Love in the Country (1970)
    Music by Anthony Bowles
    Book by Mike Alfred
    Revived in London (1993)

    Mandrake (1969)
    Music by Anthony Bowles
    Produced at SoHo Rep Theater, New York (1984)

    Sir Thomas More (1964)
    By Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, Anthony Munday & Shakespeare
    Music composed and arranged by Anthony Bowles
    Directed by Frank Dunlop
    Designed by Patrick Robertson
    With Ian McKellen as Thomas More
    Produced at Nottingham Playhouse (1964)

    FILM AND TELEVISION

    The Odessa File
    The Loves of Isadora
    Winter's Tale

    UNCOMPLETED WORKS:
    Unknown

    WRITINGS:
    Unknown

    DISCOGRAPHY:

    AS COMPOSER

    The Odessa File
    Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Pete Spargo
    Conducted by Anthony Bowles and Alan Doggett
    Original 1974 Columbia Pictures film soundtrack, RCA Victor

    AS ARRANGER

    The Loves of Isadora
    Original music composed and conducted by Maurice Jarre and arranged by Anthony Bowles
    Music from the film, Kapp KRS-5511 (LP) (1969)

    AS CONDUCTOR OR MUSICAL DIRECTOR

    Bashvile
    Music by Denis King, Book and Lyrics by Benny Green
    Original London cast, TER (LP) (1983)

    By Jeeves
    Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Book and Lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn
    Original London cast, MCA (LP) (1975)

    Cranks
    Music by John Addison, Lyrics by John Cranko
    Original Broadway cast recording, EMI (LP) (1956)

    Evita
    Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
    London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Anthony Bowles
    Studio cast recording, MCA Records (2CD) (1976)
    Original London cast recording, MCA (CD) (1978)

    Four To The Bar
    Music and Lyrics by Various Artists, Book by Alan Bleasdale
    Original London cast recording, Philips (LP) (1961)

    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice, Book by Tom O'Horgan
    Original London cast recording, MCA MCF-2503 (LP) (1972)

    New Cranks
    Music by David Lee, Book and Lyrics by John Cranko
    Original London cast recording, His Master's Voice (LP) (1960)

    Share My Lettuce
    Music by Keith Keith Statham & Patrick Gowers, Book and Lyrics by Bamber Gascoigne
    Original London cast recording, AEI (1957, 1979); CD 016 (1990)

    Windy City
    Musical based on the play The Front Page by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur
    Music by Tony Macaulay, Book and Lyrics by Dick Vosburgh
    Original London cast recording, EMI/West End Angel (CD) (1994)

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    • Obituary, New York Times, March 24, 1993.

    PERFORMING RIGHTS AFFILIATION:
    MCPS/ASCAP

    RESOURCES:
    Unknown

    MUSICAL EXECUTOR:
    Unknown

    OTHER CONTACTS:
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    ARCHIVES:
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