Welcome to the official website of Joseph Purdue, composer and lyricist of Unfolding Tales, a new musical which has been performed at the Arts Theatre, West-End.
The music is captivating, melodic and unique, telling the wonderful story of author J.R.R. Tolkien and his journey to creating The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings. The musical includes 25 songs and has been performed by a professional West-End cast, singers from a number of hit musicals including Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys, The Phantom Of The Opera, FAME, The Sound Of Music and more. Here is a passage from a recent review by West-End Wilma;
"Composer and lyricist Joseph Purdue, whose brainchild and passion project this musical seems to be, does a wondrous job of echoing the grandeur of Tolkien’s tales in melodical form, without resorting into copying scores of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings adaptations. Every song is a showstopper and lends itself to the artists’ most emotional performances. The showcase was captivating, even without fancy set design or props.
On the other hand, it screams for a bigger stage and beautiful sets...." - Musical Showcase Review
Aside from the new musical, Joseph Purdue has worked as a composer for many different projects. He's composed two scores for film director Rory Dorling, Paper Journey which won Best Overall Film at the Isle Of Man Film Festival, and the other is to be released next year. Joseph has also composed two pieces for Baby Sensory, to help promote their 'Superheroes Sensathon' fundraiser.
'Superheroes', a brilliant composition written especially for Baby Sensory by Joseph Purdue. The dramatic piece has helped to raise over £300,000 for Tommy's baby charity. It's an absolute winner. Joseph is incredibly talented and we'll definitely be back for more!
- Dr Lin Day.