Q&A with One Man’s Story Musical Director Mark Anthony Jones

What excites you most about working on One Man’s Story?

Honouring Eddie who was a dear friend of mine and I’m very excited about seeing the Genie clients fulfil their dreams by playing on the Philharmonic stage.

What made you decide to get involved with the production of One Man’s Story?

I was introduced to Carolyn, Genie and One Man’s Story by Kid Creole as he knew I would be a part of anything that honours Bongo Eddie’s legacy. The entire story is partially my story as well, as I’ve been a member of Kid Creole and the Coconuts for nearly 30 years and we toured the world together multiple times. I’m extremely influenced by the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s and I’m thrilled to be a part of a show that also takes place during that time period.

What do you hope to bring to the production to really make it a success?

I’ve been living and breathing music since I was a child. I’ve written, produced and performed with people like Janet Jackson, Prince, Kid Creole, Donna Summer, the Roots, various Motown artists and the list goes on and on. This life of music and experience is what I’m bringing to the musical. And my whole heart and soul, of course!

What do you hope audiences will experience or take away from One Man’s Story?

I think people will get a glimpse into the behind the scenes struggles that many performers go through but are rarely shared with the public and I believe they’ll have a new-found respect for Kid Creole and the Coconuts, their band and the various personalities, especially Eddie, that made that special blend of music that touched so many people’s lives internationally.

How would you describe One Man’s Story in 3 words?

People, get ready!

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