INSIDE WESTSIDE is a project that has been in incubation for over twenty years. Because 1995 is when these two long-time collaborators played their first gig together, at a charity event in a Dublin venue called Mother Redcaps.
Fast forward to now – where Nick Bailey and David Hayes finally take time to work on their own project, one borne out of a shared love of the score of West Side Story, an up-close and personal relationship with every single note of it, and most of all - a strong shared sense of rhythm and the language of subdivisions – spoken and unspoken .
INSIDE WESTSIDE is a musical exploration of the famous musical theatre score of WEST SIDE STORY by Leonard Bernstein, featuring Nick and Davids own interpretation of the famous score – with some twists – some intimate moments to “look under the bonnet and hear what is actually happening” and some equally thunderous, boisterous, brilliant, sweeping, electrifying passages of soul-lifting rhythmic primal climbs.
The show features a full band of Ireland’s first call session musicians, and top-class guest vocalists in the leading roles of Tony, Maria, Anita and Riff, as well as several supporting group vocalists.
Nick and David have performed in and/or produced, over 16 full scale, live performance DVD’s on all 5 continents and particularly in Europe, USA, Australia – and featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo International Forum and the Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Edinburgh Playhouse and a multitude of arenas.
Commissions from the National Theatre, scores for 8 original musical theatre productions, nominations and awards for Musical Direction,
20 times platinum production credits
Three Grammy ballot listings including
Record of The Year
Best Arrangement Instrumental
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album