The Songs and Score to Epic Mickey 2: The Broadway Musical Comes To Video Games


The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL)

Presents the Seminar

The Songs and Score to Epic Mickey 2:

The Broadway Musical comes to Video Games

In the spirit of SCL’s acclaimed composer screening series, this game showcase will be an exploration of the creative, collaborative and production decisions behind the Disney Interactive’s hit EPIC MICKEY 2: THE POWER OF TWO, the first video game musical.  This game is groundbreaking in it’s use of song to drive the plot forward and develop character, much like Disney’s beloved musical films.

The game’s Emmy-winning composer and songwriter JIM DOOLEY will host the evening. Dooley will be walking our members through the process of writing score and song for the game: from the storyboard stage, to final mix. The evening will include live-performance of some of the game’s key songs. Dooley will be joined by the game’s demo singer RANDY CRENSHAW, and the game’s lyricist, MIKE HIMELSTEIN.  Extensive Q&A will be encouraged regarding any game industry topics.

SPEAKERS:  JIM DOOLEY (composer & songwriter)

MIKE HIMELSTEIN (lyricist), RANDY CRENSHAW (demo singer)

JIM DOOLEY is an Emmy-winning composer/songwriter well known in film, television and video game circles. Dooley recently completed Disney’s highly-anticipated video game “Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,” the first video game music. This year, Dooley again teamed up with “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller for NBC’s “Hannibal” and “Mockingbird Lane.” Other credits include: “Wilfred,” “Best Friends Forever,” “Obsessed,” “Pushing Daisies,” “When a Stranger Calls,” “Neighbors from Hell,” and “The Forger,” an independent film starring Hayden Panettiere, Lauren Bacall and Josh Hutcherson. Dooley has also scored the hugely popular video games “Epic Mickey” for Disney, “Infamous 2” and “SOCOM 3” for Sony.

MIKE HIMELSTEIN Emmy-nominated songwriter Mike Himelstein’s television and film credits include: “Shrek,” “The Sopranos,” “The Tonight Show” and several children’s television shows such as “The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Temptations, Al Jarreau and Vanessa Williams have recorded Himelstein’s pop, blues, R&B and children’s songs.

RANDY CRENSHAW has been described as “the Swiss Army knife of L.A. session singers”, due to his wide range of available vocal sounds and styles.  Randy has earned degrees from Willamette University’s College of Music, Salem, OR (a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance) and from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (a Diploma in Commercial Arranging).  Randy’s professional background includes orchestral and big-band trumpet playing, playing a variety of Renaissance and pre-Baroque wind instruments at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, singing country music, arranging for and singing with such groups over the years as Boston-based oldies/doo-wop a cappella quintet “No Strings Attached”, the Berklee Vocal Jazz Choir,  a cappella vocal jazz quintet “Terra Nova” (1987 Hennessey Jazz Search grand prize winners), a cappella world beat/R&B sextet “Wahoo Do-Re” (formerly “Vocal Nation”), contemporary Christian vocal group “Haven” (from the radio broadcast “Haven Today”), and acclaimed a cappella vocal jazz quartet “Just 4 Kicks (with four CDs released to date on their own Kickboyz Records label).

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