I find it remarkable sometimes how time slips away unnoticed even though you are vaguely aware that some things have gone on far too long whereas other matters, of real importance, appear to vanish hardly before they’ve started.
I have been in NYC on this umpteenth sojourn now for over 7 weeks whilst working on The Stranger from Seville musical written with long-time collaborator, Victor Kazan. At the same time, I have been learning Kurt Atterberg’s Symphony No. 3 for an upcoming concert with the Australian Discovery Orchestra later this month.
The preparation for industry backer audition readings for new musicals in New York is a gruelling process – arduous for everyone involved – including the stupendous cast put together by Stephanie Klapper Casting. How many actor/singers in the photo above can you recognize and name?
Time on this project just vanished from when we started four weeks ago up to the day of presentations on Sept. 25 but it culminated in fabulous performances skillfully and sensitively directed by Martin Platt (Dir.) and Matt Castle (Mus. Dir.).
The process of ‘prepping’ readings and workshops for new musicals is so widely divergent from prepping orchestras for performance and recordings that some observations and comparisons might make interesting reading to those of you who follow this blog. Well, that’s my hope anyway. Continue Reading →