A NEW SONG FOR MMO

HELLO EVERYONE!

We’re back.  The Mapmaker’s Opera is alive and well.

Ron_RainesFirstly check out the new recording of ‘El Amor’ as performed by the incomparable Ron Raines which we did in New York.  We were delighted to have secured Ron’s services to perform this really pretty song from Act II.

So what’s been happening I hear you ask?  Well, we’ve all been busy (no kidding!)  Victor and I have started on a new project with an amazing Australian book writer – author, Kate Forsyth.  A new website for that project will be launched soon.  As well, Victor and I are working on a very secret project called The Man With 100 Faces.  We can tell you the title (because we own it) but can’t tell you more about that at present other than it is a  story of honor, espionage and the rescue of Britain’s greatest spy from WWI.

So, what is actually happening with MMO you ask?  Well, we’ve been contemplating what changes we want to make based on our brief Off-Broadway run in 2014.  You can’t rush these things actually because it takes time to honestly determine what needs improving, what needs moving around, what should be consigned to the ‘cutting-stage’ floor by way of analogy to film, and what new moments should be added.  The problem is choices.  There are many option, but only several viable solutions. We think we have it sorted.

What happens next.  Ah, well that is the easy bit to tell.  We will do new readings of our changes and see how they fit, and then we’ll present a new workshop.  Stay tuned.

Cheers,

Kevin

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Off-Broadway Production Show Reel (Video Excerpts)

Hi Everyone, it’s a bit overdue we know.

There are excerpts included in this Show Reel that we neither recorded nor released before the production in July 2014.

Three songs are missing in entriety as they were cut from this first, Off-Broadway, production due to running time restrictions. Two of these songs, ‘El Amor’ for the role of Very Useful, and ‘Miracles Can Happen’ for Doña Laura will be recorded later this year.

We hope you enjoy this Show Reel.

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On Matters of Casting – Part 2

Let’s talk about the cast of very excellent men in The Mapmaker’s Opera!

 

All the male roles in this show require quite starlingly different skill sets from each other.  It’s not the difference in their vocal attributes (they’re all exceptionally fine singers by the way) or the requisite movement skills or demanding acting chops needed; it is something about the nature of the inner person to be revealed through book, lyrics and music that have to be traversed in The Mapmaker’s Opera that makes these men exceptional.

The one thing about this show that most, if not all, people would concur is that it’s not easy.  The characters that these men play are uniformly complex, flawed, fragile, contrary, and ultimately complicit in the denouement that is the heart-rending climax of the story.  From the outset, I wasn’t entirely convinced that, with only a limited time available to cast The Mapmaker’s Opera in New York, we would uncover actor/singers up to this task – but I was wrong.  And we’re so grateful that we have them onboard.  They’re fabulous, so come along and, in tandem with our stellar cast of women (see previous post), see what they can do!

The Pearl Theatre Company space, 555 W42nd Street, New York:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

To book tickets, click here and then check out the location of the theatre

 

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On Matters of Casting – Part 1

Let’s talk about the the cast shall we?  As should always be the case, let’s give women pride of place, and begin with them:

 

How I do love these five women and their individual respective talents!  And they need to be.  In Mr. Kazan’s Book/Lyrics, there are no words that are superfluous. Every phrase and/or line of dialogue distils something about a character, their intent, motivation or emotional standpoint.  To reveal the character written on the page requires actresses (not actors!) who possess both a consumate craft, an innate sense of timing, perception, stillness (usually ignored or underrated in importance) and embodiment of the core of persona in the role being inhabited.  It’s hard!  It’s doubly hard when you’re further working under a reduced rehearsal schedule (only 4 weeks).

What we love about watching these women evolve their characters in the rehearsal room is made more delightful due to the contrast of ingénue roles opposite roles of ‘women of a certain age’ and how those interactions are set up and explored through the narrative and plot.  One of the great things about The Mapmaker’s Opera (both the Musical and the novel by Béa Gonzalez from which it is adapted) is that it has this diversity of roles for women protagonists.

To see what we’re seeing in rehearsal, well, I guess you’ll just have to come along and see the show at The Pearl Theatre Company space, 555 W42nd Street, New York:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

To book tickets, click here and then check out the location of the theatre

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THE CAST OF THE MAPMAKER’S OPERA

Hi Folks,

It is with tremendous pleasure that I introduce you (in alphabetical order) to the cast of the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of The Mapmaker’s Opera.  I have been listening to them for the last four days learning the words and music at Nola Studios here in Midtown Manhattan on 54th Street.  It is, simply, thrilling to hear the lyrics and music under the musical direction of Daniel Rein come to life.

As many of you who know me will attest, I’m not easily impressed.  So it is just so wonderful to have a cast of actor/singers in every role in this piece that are such a perfect fit.  It doesn’t happen by luck of course, but through the efforts of our director (Don Brenner) choreographer (Stas Kmiec) and the savvy of our casting director on this production, Michael Cassara.

So, scroll down and check out the ‘Who’s Who’ of The Mapmaker’s Opera.

AND A REMINDER:  General tickets go on sale tomorrow JUNE 16.  Book early to avoid missing out. Continue Reading →

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