Heels of Gloryis an original drag action musical with an action adventure plot and tunes that would have graced a vintage Bond movie — if they’d ever got 007 in drag.
“Truly original and the perfect antidote to a bad day out in the real world.” – Everything Theatre “A crowd pleasing and highly entertaining show... you are in for a fabulous evening.” – London Theatre 1
Arch villainess Allura Supreme is about to execute an evil plan to annihilate every drag queen in the world. Honey, a young drag queen, and Jay, her tomboy best friend, are all that stand in Allura's way. Fabulous international drag superstar Splendorella is set to launch Supreme’s deadly new cosmetic at midnight. Will our heroes be in time to save the drag world?
The show turns the action genre cliché on its head, replacing violent gun culture and gender stereotyping with the inventiveness, bravery and nonconformity of drag. Musical theatre artists perform alongside drag stars, actors work with clowns, jazz musicians perform with cabaret singers, and solo artists are part of an ensemble. The cast plays a diverse group of LGBT+ heroes who offer alternative role models, discovering universal themes of acceptance, courage and identity. They do so with style, creating a glamorous world in which audiences enjoy spending two hours.
Original music for Vinegar Tom and Dr. Faustus commissioned by Ridley College St. Catharines, Ontario, March 2018
Followings its successful performance of Caucasian Chalk Circle using Richard’s 38 new songs (see below), Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario commissioned Richard to write scores for Vinegar Tom, which was produced in November 2017 (photo, left).
Richard is looking forward to returning to St. Catherine’s in March to see the production.
38 original works for The Caucasian Chalk Circle commissioned by UBC; performed in the US and Canada most recently at Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario, March 2016
One of the iconic plays of the 20th century, Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle has a great book, however the music to its 38 songs was never published, is difficult to sing, and is often considered inaccessible to today’s audiences.
Wanting to produce Caucasian for a modern audience, UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film commissioned Richard to write 38 new songs, creating a fresh and contemporary approach to this enduring work. Reviews were positive, describing the production’s “evocative, catchy musical numbers” and describing the music as “tuneful, varied and energetic”.
While Richard was writing the songs, Illinois College contacted UBC, saying they were also mounting a production, and wondering what UBC was doing for music. After seeing Richard’s music they rented it for their own production.
In late 2105, Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario got in touch with Richard and rented the score for their Winter Musical Performance which ran 3-5 March 2016.
Six Nights in Naples performed at London College of Music November 2015
The show is based on a quirky, true story set in the famous Naples opera house, the Teatro di San Carlo.
In 1943, as British forces enter Naples, they find shelter at the teatro. There, with encouragement from a mysterious American visitor, they create and stage a show for Allied forces – in just six days and six nights.
The soldiers are fortunate to find some interesting characters resident in the opera house, including an Italian diva, her dresser and her dancing daughter. Culture clashes between Brits and Italians, musical theatre and opera, the real world and the supernatural combine in a piece that affectionately sends up theatrical conventions – and throws in some on-off-on love affairs for good measure.
A staged reading was performed at London's Charing Cross Theatre in June 2016, and a full production was mounted in November 2015 at the London College of Music at the University of West London. Many thanks to the talented casts who brought the story to life with their vibrant performances.
Book of Jobes Calgary, Canada, 27 February - 3 March 2104
Book of Jobes, by Dr. Heidi Janz, is the story of Rachel Jobes, a disabled scholar who loses her identity but not her life after a violent attack in her home. It is based on Dr. Janz’s lived experience, and deals with the archetypal question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and the related question of whether or not suffering can, in any sense, be redemptive.
Book of Jobes was a co-production between Kompany Family Theatre, Lone Sparrow and Fire Exit Theatre, and ran in Edmonton 16–17 February and in Calgary 27 Feb – 3 March. It includes six original choral works by Richard, and new choral arrangements of popular songs.
Shake it Down is a new Shakespearean musical comedy with book and lyrics by Richard Mulholland and music by Richard Link.
Originally created for the 2012 Musical Theatre graduating class of the London College of Music, Richard and ten graduating students performed Shake it Down to a capacity audience in Savona, Italy at the 8th annual Shakespeare in Town festival on 6 October.
Featuring five original songs, Shake it Down includes scenes from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing.
Two Blonds with a Passion Western Canada Tour 10 August - 16 September
In August and September, Richard and Stephen Heatley did a Western Canadian five-city tour of their most recent cabaret show Two Blondes with a Passion Do Death in Venice. They performed Two Blondes at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the Vancouver Fringe Festival and in Calgary, Saskatoon and Port Moody.
Two Blondes is a sequel to their first cabaret piece Two Blondes with a Passion, which they created and performed 18 years ago in Edmonton.
La Bella Vita Arts , Livorno, Tuscany, Italy, 28 July - 5 August
Richard was back in Tuscany for his third summer teaching Musical Theatre.
Flora the Red MenaceWatermans Theatre, London, England 9 - 12 May
Richard was musical director for the final project of the 2012 graduating class of the London College of Music musical theatre program.
Richard’s and Sarah Louise Young’s cabaret song One Night Stand was featured in the Fascinating Aida’s 2011 – 2012 tour.
Crazy In LoveQustors Theatre, Ealing, London, England 16 - 26November
Written for the 2012 graduating class of the London College of Music musical theatre program, Crazy in Love features five original songs with lyrics by Richard Mulholland and music by Richard Link. Richard was also the music director.
Angel sings AndersonLondon. England 9 October
Richard was accompanist at the CD release concert for Jude Alderson’s recording Angel sings Anderson.
Richard can heard on the recording as pianist and arranger.
Actors Rechoired Tristan Bates TheatreLondon. England 27 August
La Bella Vita Arts, Castiglioncell, Tuscany, Italy, July
Richard was back in Tuscany for his second summer teaching musical theatre.
Two Blonds with a Passiondo Death in VeniceVancouver, British Columbia 21 - 25 June
Richard spent 10 days in June working with Stephen Heatley on their newest cabaret piece. The 10 days culminated in three performances, two of which were in Stephen’s living room with the third at the Dorothy Summset Studio on the University of British Columbia campus.
Richard was invited to participate in third programme in the Just Do It / Tim Williams Award Scheme presented by London Shakespeare Workout. Thirteen British composers offered the world premiere of 20 new theatrical songs as inspired by classical/established texts not originally intended for song.
Richard wrote two songs: Do I Believe in God and Down Fanatic.
Sadistas RevistedDrill Hall, London 12 - 13 June
Richard was music director and pianist for Jude Alderson’s theatrical presentation of original music.
Richard was invited to be one of ten composers in the second annual Tim Williams Award Scheme, described as a "Celebration of the Art and Craft of Theatrical Song". He was given a single challenge: set to music Noel Coward's famous poem Boy Actor for barritone solo. The song was ably performed by James Smoker and very well received by the audience.
was commissioned along with Adam Sandel to write a new musical called Gideon’s Dream, based on the childhood memoir of Gideon
Sorokin whose family fled Nazi-occupied Vienna to start a new life
in Palestine. (Book and lyrics by
Alberto is is a children’s musical (book
and lyrics by Jan Taylor) based
on the children’s book Alberto the Dancing Alligator
by Richard Waring. Richard workshopped
Alberto when he was in Canada November – December
2007, and the show was previewed to young audiences in June.
Richard was asked to music direct
Little Shop of Horrors at Red Deer College in Canada. He
was delighted to return to the college teaching environment in his
home province and reconnect with so many long-time colleagues.
While at the college he also
taught and performed a Noel Coward show.
World (an intergalactic
musical comedy) 7 October, Savona,
was commissioned along with Adam Sandel to write a new musical called
Gideon’s Dream, based on the childhood memoir of Gideon
Sorokin whose family fled Nazi-occupied Vienna to start a new life
in Palestine. (Book and lyrics by
The first act was performed in
November 2006. Richard returned to San Francisco to rehearse and
perform the complete show.[Details]
Homage to Cole Porter and the Musical
14 April (Guiliano, Italy) &
29 May (London)
Richard performed an evening with Philip
Giorgi, celebrating the songs of Cole Porter, George and Ira
Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hart. The show is based on Philip’s
Fringe show A Swell Party, and includes some new arrangements
Host Jamie Anderson
pick of the best cabaret performers working in the capital today
in a new venue, The Space.
Chapel from the 1600s, with many original features including stained
glass and Minstrels Gallery, The Space continues MMP’s successful
showcase for up-and-coming talent from the worlds of musical theatre
He performed with the fabulous Miss
Kimberley most Wednesdays that he was in London. (Who says her
feets too big? See for yourself.)
Richard co-hosted a cabaret
open mic at the Live Lounge on Kensington High Street, for
singers to bring or borrow music, and for fans to listen.
All that Jazz! 4
and 18 March, 8 and 29 April, 6 May; 2 June
A three-ring circus of comedy, music and variety in the plush surroundings
of Sohos sexiest cabaret venue, this show ran at the Soho
Revue Bar (formerly Too2Much).
It starred the King of Cabaret
Paul L Martin
with the marvellous Sarah-Louise Young, broadway baby Marnie Baumer,
and the razor-tongued Dusty Limits.
It was a practical workshop for performers with
good knowledge and experience of cabaret performance themselves,
incorporating the history of Coward and his effect on the art form; it also re-created some of his cabaret work in group form and
Step into the London of 1728. Teeming with
whores, highwaymen and ne’er do wells—this is the world
depicted in Hogarth’s famous series The Rake’s Progress.
John Gay brings this underworld of London to life in his ballad
opera The Beggar’s Opera.
Written in 1728, it was based on an idea
of Jonathan Swift, who proposed “ what think you, of
a Newgate pastoral among the thieves and whores there?” The
opera is made up of popular folk tunes of the time, and even includes
melodies stolen from Handel.
The Beggar’s Opera was a smash
hit in its day, and in the 20th century has inspired many arrangers
and composers to put their own original stamp on it. The most famous
adaptation is Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht’s 1928 version
The Threepenny Opera. Beggar’s Holiday is Duke
Ellington’s Broadway-Jazz adaptation of 1946.
Richard joined accomplished actor/singers
Sparling and Heather Weir in this new collaboration that
explores the rich musical legacy of
The Beggar’s Opera as arranged by Richard Bonynge,
Duke Ellington, Richard Link, and others.
& 16 March
Richard worked with Paul
L Martin to deliver a two-day workshop on the art of cabaret at The
Actors Centre in Covent Garden. [Map]. This was a highly practical and hands-on workshop
that maximised participants' opportunity to try out material whilst obtaining
tips, ideas, and knowledge that helped them hone and perfect their act.
Richard was in Los Angeles coaching children
and helping them to compete in an international singing competition.
After moving to London on 1
January 2006, Richard music-directed an amateur dramatics production
of Follies and a college production of Bat Boy the Musical,
coached cabaret workshops, played piano on a barge, and taught
musical theatre programs for children and adults. As detailed above,
he’s also been writing new music
and reworking some of his compositions. Here are some highlights:
November, he spent two weeks in San Francisco, rehearsing the cast
and music-directing a concert reading of his musical, Gideon’s
October, he spent three weeks in North America, writing and workshopping
new compositions. In San Francisco he workshopped and cast
Dream, in Edmonton he workshopped Alberto
the Dancing Alligator and presented Four
Seasons, and in Vancouver he co-wrote the sequel to Two
Blondes with director Stephen Heatley.
August and September Richard played five evening cabarets with Paul
L Martin at Too2Much
in Soho. The show featured a variety of singers in a new rehearsed-open-mic
song I Wonder if I’m Really Gay (from Watch
Me Shine the cabaret musical) was featured in the LGCSF
spring cabaret Love Bites.
Richard was invited to return
to the Canadian arts college where he taught for many years, and
he music-directed and conducted their autumn production of Sondheim’s
Sunday in the Park with George. The show ran October 28 through
November 5 in Edmonton. There’s more information at the Grant
MacEwan College site.
San Francisco September
As Musical Director at Saint Paulus Lutheran
Church from early 2000 until September 2005, Richard wrote music
for almost every service. Under his direction, the church choir,
the Joyful Noise Singers, performed an excerpt from his choral composition,
A Joyful Noise, on September 18. For more information on the chorus and the church,
San Francisco June
Me Shine—a cabaret
The song inspired thousands when it was performed
at the Sydney Opera House. The cabaret musical based on the song
performed to rave
reviews at San Francisco Pride 2005.
Assemblyman Mark Leno said “In the tradition of Gilbert &
Sullivan, Rogers & Hammerstein, and Kander & Ebb, we’re
gonna have Sandel & Link.
referred to Watch Me Shine as the “gay Beach Blanket
Babylon,” saying it is destined to play in San Francisco,
New York, Toronto, and Vancouver for the next 20 years. If you are
interested in producing this hit show in your city, or want a copy
of the live recording, please contact
It was very
touching during the second movement, Song of Remembrance,
when a chorus member read the names of the “Angel Chorus”—members
of the chorus who have passed away. And it was heartwarming to see
past members of the chorus file on stage to add their voices to
the last movement, Woven Together.
Special Silver Anniversary CDs of the live
recording are available directly from the