About the Composer

Lionel Oscar Segal

About the Composer

Pictures of Life composer and lyricist Lionel Oscar Segal was born in Glasgow, and has enjoyed a long and adventurous career in many different fields, and has worked with the true legends of music, film and fashion.

Lionel won a nationwide song writing competition aged 17, and at 18 gained a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. In his first year he wrote a musical version of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel Little Women, which received high praise from critics and was followed by a contract to Sir Michael Balcon and MGM Studios in America.

Lionel composed several more musicals for the stage including World In My Pocket, Pied Piper and Alice In Wonderland.

Little Women: The Musical was re-imagined as a concert performance for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, where it premiered with an all-star cast, narrated by Sandi Toksvig. The production then ran successfully at the Lost Theatre,Vauxhall and was nominated as “Best New Musical” in the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2012.