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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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MMO Gets Mainstream Press Coverage


Photo: Simon Schluter

Some days, it’s good to be a composer/songwriter, especially when a terrific little piece about your work gets some mainstream Press exposure. Yesterday, The Age Newspaper in Melbourne printed a very generous article about Victor’s and my work on The Mapmaker’s Opera.  You can read the full article here.

I am generally not keen on doing telephone interviews, but when writer, Sonia Harford, started asking me really insightful questions, I thought the piece might turn out OK.  And it did as far as we’re concerned.  We’ve also had a number of positive comments received from friends and colleagues as well.  Some other media colleagues have indicated that writing this type of piece is pretty tricky to pull-off, so kudos to Sonia! Continue Reading →

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Under Her Spell – The New Song At last!

Christian_ScallanHi Folks,

I post this picture of Chris Scallan because his audio mix of the new song (yes, the much awaited, long overdue, previously promised on a number of occasions – never to materialize – mythical entity of a song) is simply amazing and wonderful!

Equally wonderful is the vocal by Sam Rabbone, who, once again; as he did on the track ‘Home Sweet Home’, has delivered a performance that perfectly captures the ‘heart and soul’ of our young protagonist, Diego Clemente. Continue Reading →

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