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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-03-30

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People in the recording indus-
try heard a demo tape he made for
fun, and he was offered a contract.
Watershed, his first professional
project, became a hit, and other music
appeared on a recording alongside the
work of Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Tom
Waits and Johnny Cash.
"Watershed was played on the
radio, and I toured with my music,"
Roth recalls."' started to meet other
artists who liked what I did, and I
wrote and produced musical projects
for them. That led to writing for films
and television.
"I was asked to pitch music for

had him connecting with fifth- and
"Each student had to learn the
story of one person victimized by
the Holocaust and write profound
accounts of what that person expe-
rienced:' Roth says. "The students
decided that they wanted to write and
record a song that encapsulated the
stories. We created the song together
and recorded it at my studio. It was all
very poignant and powerful?'
Roth, who has performed at his
synagogue and traveled to Israel many
times, appeared in Israel after his first
recording met with .success. He was
part of a Youth Day program.

Barbie Live in
Fairytopia in com-

petition with a num-
ber of composers and
lyricists. I watched
the DVD and chose
three scenes that I
thought would be
interesting to musi-
"I wrote three
songs and flew into
New York to play
them for the folks
at Live Nation and
Barbie lead actress Erin Elizabeth Coors gets a peek
Matell, producers of . at her wardrobe, designed by Tony-nominated cos-
the Barbie musical.
tume designer Gregg Barnes.
They really liked what
I did and off we went."
Roth and DiLallo mostly collabo-
The composer-performer will watch
rated by phone, talking for hours and
Detroit performances of Barbie Live
in Fairytopia with his wife, Michelle,
"Susan would say we need this
who operates a wellness clinic in
type of song at this type of moment,
Toronto. Next will be a tour with
and I would go.off and start work on
Gavin Creel, a Tony Award nominee
the melody, chord arrangements and
who graduated from the University of
harmonies:' Roth explains. "Then
Michigan, and a film score.
we would reconnect and talk about
Roth and Creel collaborated on a •
how we wanted to forward the story
new CD, Goodtimenation, and they
through lyrics.
will be promoting it.
"Separately, we would come up with
"Composing for the Barbie show
drafts and then read each otherwhat
was far and above the most exciting
we had. We would pull out the parts
project that I've ever worked on:' Roth
we liked from every draft and put
says. "I'm going to keep plugging, •
them together. Often, they comple-
pushing and pitching for shows being
mented each other, and it really bal-
produced for Broadway." E
anced out."

A Jewish Life
Roth, raised in a Reform home, con-
tinues to be a member of the temple
where his parents have belonged
and where he prepared for his bar
mitzvah. He attended and worked at
Camp Winnebagoe near Toronto, and
says those summers helped instill his
Jewish and social identities.
A recent volunteer project, intended
to teach students about the Holocaust,

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