The 5-part video podcast series chronicling the career of late Secret Garden composer Lucy Simon will launch on October 25


Late Career 5-Part Video Podcast Series The secret garden Composer Lucy Simon is out October 25

The Tony-nominated Broadway composer died on October 20 at the age of 82.

Broadway Podcast Network launches new five-part series chronicling the life and career of the late The secret garden composer Lucy Simon on October 25. Entitled Tribute to Lucy Simon, the series is available in full as videos on YouTube and as a podcast. Watch the first episode of the video series above, covering the Tony nominee’s early years.

The release was in the works before Simon died on October 20 from breast cancer at the age of 82, with episodes recorded between March and October.

Included are untold stories by Simon and a number of his collaborators, including Judy Collins, Marshall Brickman, Marsha Norman, Warren Carlyle and others. Also included are new performances of songs by The secret garden and Doctor Zhivago with Sierra Boggess, Daisy Eagan, John Cameron Mitchell and Ramin Karimloo.

Simon is best remembered for his most enduring work, Broadway’s The secret garden. Along with writer and lyricist Marsha Norman, Simon set to music Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel about a young girl sent to live with her reclusive and grieving uncle in Yorkshire after a cholera outbreak claimed her entire family in British-occupied India. Although most adaptations of the work were aimed more at a child audience, Simon and Norman’s version delved into themes of the renaissance novel following a deep loss with an adaptation which placed the characters’ deceased loved ones on stage as a set of ghosts following them. around the dark and isolated Misselthwaite Mansion. Behind the scenes, the musical made history for its unusually (for its time) female-centric creative team, which included Norman and Simon as well as director Susan H. Schulman, set designer and producer Heidi Ettinger, costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting designer Tharon Musser; the work also made Simon the third woman to compose solely a score for Broadway.

The musical would earn seven Tony Award nominations in 1991, including a nod to Simon’s score, with young star Daisy Eagan winning Best Actress in a Musical and becoming the youngest actor to win a Tony. Award at the age of 11. The secret garden became one of the most produced musicals in the canon in schools, community and regional theaters nationwide. A new Broadway-bound revival is set to debut at the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles, Calif., early next year.

The full series of videos is available on YouTube. For more information on the audio-only podcast release, visit


A look back at the original production of The Secret Garden on Broadway