Matthew Margeson and Taron Egerton at the “Rocketman” premiere | Photo by Rhapsody PR
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How do you score a film that’s not only about Elton John—who’s created some of the most memorable pop music melodies of the past 50 years… but one that’s also a lavish movie musical using those songs? That was Matthew Margeson’s challenge on Rocketman.
The film, directed by Dexter Fletcher, is packed stem to stern with great Elton John songs—from “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to “Tiny Dancer” to, of course, “Rocket Man.” But they’re all brand new arrangements by producer Giles Martin, who previously helped re-conceive the Beatles’ hits for the Cirque du Soleil show Love, and feature performances by Taron Egerton and the cast.
Margeson had to subtly, smoothly work his magic in between—and sometimes even within—those songs. Easy? No. But for someone who’s loved Elton John since the age of eight, the gig was still a glamorous one.