Warner Brown is an internationally-renowned writer whose work encompasses everything from the traditional form to the radical avant garde. He has collaborated with the composers Angelo Badalamenti, Michael Feinstein, Jenny Giering, Tony Hatch, David Heneker, Gwyneth Herbert, Michael Reed, Jimmy Roberts, Joshua Schmidt, Jim Steinman, Charles Strouse, George David Weiss and, by permission of the Cole Porter Trusts, the late Cole Porter.
Warner’s new musical Son Of A Preacher Man, featuring the songs of Dusty Springfield, is currently touring the UK, directed by Craig Revel Horwood, and his current commissions include the musical A Little Danger, for the St Petersburg Theatre of Musical Comedy in Russia, and the opera Strange Mettle, for Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
His first West End musical, The Biograph Girl, was written with his mentor David Heneker and went on to play both internationally and at Broadway’s Circle In The Square Theatre under the title Flickers. Mr Heneker and Warner were the subjects of the BBC2 tv documentary The Making Of A Musical and Warner wrote the New Version of the classic Heneker/Cross musical Half A Sixpence.
Further work in London includes Six For Gold, Cinderella at the London Palladium, Tallulah For A Day, starring Marti Webb, and The Black and White Ball, directed by Matthew White. Warner’s plays include Laughing Dove, Wavelength and The Prospero Suite, directed by John Doyle. He has worked extensively in Europe, with artists such as Peter Ustinov, Al Jarreau and Julia McKenzie. His musical Garbo received its world premiere at Oscarsteatern in Stockholm, Sweden, with music by “Meatloaf” rock supremo Jim Steinman and Michael Reed. Warner has extensive writing credits for the BBC and was Script Associate of the BBC Classic Musicals Series, for which he adapted fourteen musicals and directed many major international stars.
He is part of the consortium, including choreographer Arlene Phillips and musical director Mike Dixon, for the new internet-based project Reality – The Musical. With Caroline Underwood, Warner is co-founder of The S&S Award, an international award for new musical theatre writing named in honour of his late parents. The Award has been presented, at its annual gala, by Michael Ball, Don Black, Nigel Harman and Janie Dee.