Conceived and “substantially crafted” by a computer, based on a statistical study on the “recipe for success” in popular musicals. Dr James Robert Lloyd, Dr Alex Davies and Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter from Cambridge University looked at aspects of musicals from cast size to backdrop to emotional structure and several premises were generated by the What-If Machine at Goldsmiths, University of London. The computer-generated story and melodies were further developed by composers Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, in a process that has been filmed for a new TV series on Sky Arts.
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“It won me over... While the story and songs work fine, the thing that makes it zing is the human-chosen setting. ”