MMO Goes To The New York Musical Theatre Festival



( July 7 – 27 )

Finally, we can make the announcement that The Mapmaker’s Opera, adapted from the 2007 novel by Béa Gonzalez – published by HarperCollins (Canada) – has been selected as one of the 10 ‘Next Link’ projects into the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).

You can click on either the NYMF logo or the logo above to read the Festival press release and learn more about the Festival itself and our part in this year’s slate of new Musicals. Then check us out here at the Festival website. We’ll be adding more information to our NYMF page very soon.

For those able to actually get to New York in July, I’ll write about how you can book advance tickets in the near future.

To celebrate this tremendous opportunity to showcase our show to the rest of the world, we’ve decided to record a new song – and then were going to do something really special with it on this website! I’ll tell you more about that in an upcoming post. Suffice to say, it’s a brand new rumba-flamenco song for the character of Diego (Clemente) in Act I.

OK, so after all this wait – and I apologise particularly to our MMO fans who follow us predominantly on Facebook who must have been wondering, “What the heck is going on?” – we can now resume our frequent updates on progress and tell you all about our plans for the Festival production: who is going to be cast? (we’ll definitely be having Equity Principal Auditions in New York); who we are bringing onto our design team (not yet finalised)? and lots more interesting insights over the coming weeks.

Lastly for now – and as this is really important, we want to emphasize this – we have a Broadway-style Musical that tells a story; set in México in 1909, on the eve of the Revolution. It is, on one level, an epic love-story. On several other levels, it deals with the plight of Mayans forced to work from dawn-to-dusk under excrutiating and cruel working conditions to harvest the prized henequen (a cactus used in the making ship rope amongst other uses at the time), as well as the quest to save two, once common, birds from extinction. But most of all, The Mapmaker’s Opera brings to light the dignity of the Mexican people.

To everyone who follows and supports MMO – Thank you!

Kevin and Victor

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