Monthly Archives: October 2015

Catching HALLOWEEN around HALLOWEEN 1978 in a seedy New York theater

My father insists that the movie theater or rather many of the patrons in the theater were scarier than anything that was happening on the screen.  Possibly.  I was eleven and not world-weary enough to be wary of the pot-smoking … Continue reading

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A Halloween Treat: THE TELL-TALE HEART – A MUSICABRE and the roommate from hell who planted its seed

Just in time for Halloween the Tell-Tale Heart page goes live today, showcasing the audio of a live performance of my musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”. The Tell-Tale Heart is the ultimate bad roommate story, as … Continue reading

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SPEAKEASY – Attack of the 30 foot Incidental Music!

So many notes… so little time… The other day I had a meeting with Speakeasy‘s music director Jonathan Fox Powers.  One of those sessions where you make sure composer and music director are on the same page as it concerns … Continue reading

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FIRST GRADE OPERAS: It’s MAGIC time, times three!

It’s a whole new season of First Grade Operas at the Brooklyn Children’s School.  The three first grade classes have all begun the process of creating their own original opera, or musical, with performances set for the end of March.  … Continue reading

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BERLIN WALL MEMORIES #2 – You Might as Well Have Told Me the Earth was Flat.

The night the Berlin Wall came down, Nov 9, 1989, I was living in New York.  I got a phone call around 6pm that night, less than an hour in real time after East German Border guards had received the … Continue reading

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BERLIN WALL MEMORIES #1 – Growing up 5 miles from the BRIDGE OF SPIES

The moment I read the announcement that Steven Spielberg was preparing his next movie called “Bridge of Spies”, I knew, without having any additional morsel of information, that Die Glienicker Brücke – the Glienicke Bridge of Berlin, also known as … Continue reading

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ENNOBLING TITILLATION – Company XIV’s carnal, campy, classy CINDERELLA

“a baroque burlesque ballet” That is how AMDM Productions describes the luscious presentation of “Cinderella” currently playing at the Minetta Lane Theatre.  This undeniably adult take on Charles Perrault’s Cinderella (1697) by Company XIV, which deliciously blends “opera, circus, Baroque … Continue reading

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Speakeasy Gay Slang – FLOWERS & FLORISTS & MAE WEST, Oh my!

After Alice goes through the mirror in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” she wanders through a mirror image fantastical version of the house she left, then discovers a garden with flowers who not only can talk but will also … Continue reading

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WE’RE READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP, MR. ELDER – Video Shoot for Speakeasy Fundraising Campaign

Wednesday we had a mini film crew in the house.  Henry Borriello and Stolis Hadjicharalambous (try typing that out real fast) agreed to help us out filming the promo video not required but very much encouraged if you are planning … Continue reading

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4th Grade POWER OF PROGRESS – The Immigrants

Last spring the full 4th grade of the Brooklyn Children’s School presented “The Power of Progress 1840 – 1920”, a multi-media, multi-disciplinary event where different groups of children created presentations and performances on such topics as Suffragettes, Newsies, Tenement Buildings, … Continue reading

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EVOCATION II – Double Stop Etude or Relationship Elegy?

There were about 200 wedding guests present when Ed and I got married (the first time) April 25, 1998.  It took at least an hour for the reception line to make its full way past us.  And with the expected … Continue reading

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