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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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Fundraising Part II: How to Donate via NYMF 501(c)(3) For The Mapmaker’s Opera

Well, we’ve had a few days respite from fundraising efforts to get The Mapmaker’s Opera to the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in July – but now we’re starting the next phase of this task.

Yes, yes, I know this is boring, tedious, not-much-fun, uninteresting in the extreme, tiresome, infuriating and, well, as about as exciting as watching grass grow in the dark, but we do still need to raise $50,000 in sponsorship (or even possibly ‘Front Money’ – but more on that in a forthcoming post tentitavely entitled “Equity Investment Models For Broadway Musicals”). Continue Reading →

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Our Successful Kickstarter Campaign And News On The MMO Club

Party_ImageWell, we did it.  Our Kickstarter fundraising initiative is all done and dusted!

Time to rest now momentarily – as it has been a long 30 days working on this campaign.  But before we knock off to celebrate Easter, Victor and I raise a glass to everyone who worked so tirelessly on this fundraising effort, and give special thanks to all the incredibly generous people, from all around the world, who so kindly supported our efforts to raise over $38,000!

As promised, THE MMO CLUB access will go live as soon as we receive contact information from Kickstarter about each of our donors, so that we can set-up access for them to the private area on this website.  If you didn’t pledge on our Kickstarter campaign, you will still be able to gain access to the premium content in the MMO Club at the Bronze, Silver and Gold membership-level areas respectively from next month for a fee equivalent to the amounts that we specified in our Kickstarter campaign.  For those of you who pledged on Kickstarter, you will receive access this month.

But it doesn’t end there.  Straight after the holidays, I’ll be back to let our supporters in the USA know how they can donate to The Mapmaker’s Opera at the New York Musical Theatre Festival through the Festival’s own non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund – and receive a tax benefit too!  Why do I hear you ask?  Because, unfortunately, we still have more money to raise.

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But for now, from everyone on the MMO Team, have a safe and Happy Easter – and enjoy those eggs!

Take care,

Kevin

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Xiol: Recently Discovered Mayan City in Kanasín

Xiol: Recently discovered Mayan city in KanasínKanasín is just a few kilometres eat of Merida where archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found a undiscovered Mayan site, estimated to inhabit at least four thousand people.

The discovery includes ruins of temples, shrines and facades with prehispanic decorations were found. The discovery was made when excavations for the construction of the new Merida to Chetumal highway, which will expand from two to four lanes.

The researcher and INAH archaeologist Carlos Peraza Lope said that this is a site that dates back to the Late Classic – Terminal Classic, around the years 800 and 900 AD ; but ceramics dating from earlier periods have been found as well, these artifacts range from the Preclassic to the Postclassic Period. Peraza Lope said that the recent discovery indicates that the area had a long occupation period, from 500 BC until the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. Continue Reading →

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