A NEW SONG IN THE MAKING

Well, we said we’d be back in September 2015, but it took another month to get there due to the endless merry-go-round that is life’s other commitments.

To celebrate – and to let you know we actually have been working in the background on The Mapmaker’ Opera – we thought we’d have some fun and introduce you to a new song for the character of Very Useful. We weren’t able to include this in the 2014 NYMF production (due to time constraints of the show’s duration imposed upon us) but it is definitely in the show!

So rather than just post the song, we thought we would post the lyrics and the backing track first, so that you can try and imagine how the melody of the song works with the lyrics. To be fair, there is a two bar introduction, so don’t start your own melody to the lyrics until after you have counted 8 beats (counts). You’ll figure it out!

Here’s the Lyrics to try your hand at making your own interpretation:

SINCE TIME BEGAN IT’S ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THIS; A MAN WOULD DIE FOR JUST ONE NIGHT OF BLISS;
THE MOMENT YOUNG ADAM SET HIS EYES ON EVE HE SAID,
ON YOUR SOFT AND GENTLE BREAST PLEASE LET ME LAY MY HEAD.
EL AMOR, A CLOAK TO KEEP YOU WARM; EL AMOR, A SHELTER FROM THE STORM;
EL AMOR CAN TURN BITTER TEARS INTO A SMILE; EL AMOR IS WHAT MAKES THIS LIFE WORTHWHILE. EL AMOR WILL OPEN ANY DOOR;
EL AMOR CAN MAKE LOW SPIRITS SOAR;
EL AMOR WILL HELP YOU MAKE IT THROUGH THE LONGEST NIGHT; EL AMOR CAN PUT EV’RYTHING TO RIGHT.
WITHOUT LOVE IN THIS WORLD THERE WOULD BE NO SONGS TO SING; WITHOUT LOVE A SUNNY SKY WOULD SEEM QUITE GREY;
WITHOUT LOVE DAYS WOULD BE EVER SAD AND LONELY; ONLY LOVE IS WHAT MAY TAKE HEARTACHE AWAY.
EL AMOR, A GIFT FROM GOD ABOVE;
HE DECREED THAT WE SHOULD SHARE HIS LOVE.
NEVER THINK THAT YOU NEED CONCEAL THE WAY YOU FEEL, FOR IT WOULD INDEED BE A TRAGIC SIN;
EL AMOR… MM-MM… MM-MM… TRUE AMOR… SWEET AMOR… JUST SPEAK TO HER HEART, LOVE IS SURE TO WIN.

And then, of course, we’ll post the final version of the song later.

We’re back- and hey, it’s exciting times ahead!

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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