My first Edgar Allan Poe musical short film adaptation “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” will screen for free as part of the Theater for the New City’s Village Halloween Costume Ball Sunday October 31, around 10:30pm, as the closing act of the Chop Shop performances starting 7:30pm on 10th street around the corner from 1st avenue (towards 2nd avenue) – the chop shop is the theater’s loading dock turned performance space facing the sidewalk and street, where the audience will congregate outdoors.

This will be a special screening for several reasons, but first and foremost because the Theater for the New City is where “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” was (mostly) filmed! So it’ll be a bit of a homecoming for the horror musical.

We tested out the screen and sound projection tonight (see the pictures below), and it should be a fun, effective and unusual way to experience 37 minutes of gothic movie musical madness. It’s not Tell-Tale’s first New York screening, that would be New Filmmaker’s NY’s March 2020 screening, which had been scheduled for the 2nd Avenue Anthology theater but had to be moved on-line because of Covid. Many more festivals local and world-wide screened “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre”, most on-line, or if not on-line, unreachable for me do to travel restrictions. In fact, thanks to Covid’s long reach, this will be the first time Tell-Tale will screen in a physical space in Manhattan, and only the fourth time I will get to experience an in-person screening. It being an outdoor presentation will make it extra safe in a city with very high vaccination rates. It being Halloween night in the East Village however should make it an extra freaky fun viewing experience. I’m excited about it and hope you will join us.

UPDATE 10/31: Here are some pics from tonight’s screening, starting with Ed and me in our Halloween masks. The crowd grew as more and pedestrians were attracted by the sights and sounds of the screening. The response at the end was very enthusiastic.

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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