Joe Penhall: Mood Music (Old Vic, London)
Chris Charlesworth, Just Backdated, 3 June 2018
MOOD MUSIC is a play about the music industry, specifically the abuse of power that enables an established, controlling figure to benefit from the creativity of an artist with less experience and clout. Not, you might think, an obvious subject to tackle on the theatre stage, but writer Joe Penhall has some previous in the Tin Pan Alley literary trade having, according to the programme notes, worked as a music journalist and also collaborated with Ray Davies on the book for Sunny Afternoon, the hugely enjoyable Kinks' jukebox musical.
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