KAREN BISHKO SONGWRITER
Karen was working as a portrait artist when Gary Kemp and Jess Bailey from Spandau Ballet, heard some songs she had written.
“Jess Bailey and Gary Kemp heard two songs and liked them. They produced them and encouraged me to write more and I became more confident. I got a band together and started gigging. Paul Burger, (ex-President of Sony Music Europe) became my manager. He was the person who encouraged me to write for musical theatre.”
Karen worked in the studio with Yoad Nevo (Sia, Goldfrapp) and Stephen Lironi (Jon Bon Jovi, Hanson).
In 2007 she opened for British band Take That in front of 18,000 people at two of Britain’s largest arena’s; Manchester Evening News Arena and London’s O2.
Seeking a novel way to present her heartfelt songs, in 2009 Karen left for New York to develop her musical, Therapy Rocks. The musical was staged at NYMF 2010 (The New York Musical Theatre Festival) with a cast of five and its performance run not only sold out but was extended.
Karen was hired to write a sequel to the much loved existing show Menopause The Musical which opened in Canada in May 2023. It opens in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in Sept 2023 and will tour the U.S.A. Find out more
Karen is also writing an 80’s Rock version of Menopause The Musical.