Musicals

CASTLE GILLIAN

www.castlegillian.com

Book & Lyrics: Victor Kazan | Music: Kevin Purcell and Mark Buys

Executive Producers: Perry Street Theatricals, New York, NY.

Castle Gillian, is based on a novel of the same name by famed Irish novelist, Maurice Walsh (1879 – 1964). Walsh is probably best known for his quintessential romantic Irish story The Quiet Man, made famous by the iconic John Ford film starring Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne.

Set in Ireland in 1948, Castle Gillian tells the story of Gill Morris, a young Irishman profoundly damaged by his experiences in the WWII who regains his faith in love and the world as he fights to save his ancestral home – and once-famous racing stable – Castle Gillian. This is a story of how love, hope and courage can heal the wounds of the past and make miracles happen.

A concept album of the songs from the show will commence recording in November 2020 with the Australian Discovery Orchestra in Melbourne followed by vocal session recordings in New York in the first-half of 2021 prior to a planned development workshop, currently delayed due to COVID-19.

Credit: Illustration by Edward. S. Gazsi.

THE STRANGER FROM SEVILLE

www.strangerfromseville.com

Book & Lyrics: Victor Kazan | Music: Kevin Purcell

Executive Producers: Perry Street Theatricals, New York, and Music Theatre Melbourne

The Stranger from Seville is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by the extraordinary Spanish-Canadian author, Béa Gonzalez, published by Macmillan.

The Stranger From Seville was first performed Off-Broadway in under the title ‘The Mapmaker’s Opera’ as a grand jury selection of the 2014 New York Musical Festival.  It subsequently was accepted for the 2nd Florida Festival of New Musicals in 201 prior to a successful, and critically well-received, industry reading in New York City directed by Martin Platt.

It is currently being revised with an album to be recorded in New York slated for the second-half of 2021.

Credit: Artwork by Carmelo Marquises

REBECCA – THE MUSICAL

Book & Lyrics: Victor Kazan | Music: Kevin Purcell

Rebecca-The Musical is an adaptation of the much-loved novel by Daphne du Maurier (1907-89). In 1949 the master of the dramatic-thriller film genre, Alfred Hitchcock, re-worked the story into what has become one of the all-time classics. The story has subsequently been adapted several times as a stage-play, along with a number of film and television versions, but only twice (as far as we know) as a work of musical theatre.

Under license from the then literary managers for the Estate of du Maurier, Purcell/Kazan developed Rebecca – The Musical between 2002-04. At this time they no longer hold the underlying musico-dramatic rights to the work.  Efforts over the ensuing years to obtain a new, non-exclusive, right to further develop the work have so far proved unsuccessful but it is hoped that this obstacle will be overcome at some point.

Irrespective of the unfortunate, if not outright bizarre, circumstances that led to Purcell/Kazan relinquishing underlying rights to du Maurier’s timeless novel, the title of ‘Rebecca’ in the musical theatre industry has been besmirched due to extraordinary dealings that cancelled the 2015 Broadway premiere of the then licensed musical adaptation. The scandalous sequence of events that culminated in the pre-premiere closure of that show is well documented here.

A critically lauded, in-concert performance of the Purcell/Kazan version of Rebecca-The Musical was given in June 2004.