Author Archives: dannyashkenasi

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.

TELL-TALE SKIPTOWN NOMINATIONS

“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” has been nominated for Short Narrative, Experimental Short and Best Actor in a Short at the Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival, presenting this June 24 – July 1 in Hollywood, CA. The Skiptown festival … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE BACK IN NEW YORK

Breaking News: This June “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” will play at the International New York Film Festival!!! (More info to come. Watch this website.) It’ll be a busy festival month of June for Tell-Tale. On June 5th, as … Continue reading

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CENTRAL PARK SILHOUETTES

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Overcast Cherry Blossoms

Ed and I returned to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s cherry blossom time. Last year the pandemic closed the gardens, and nobody except for BBG staff got to see the blossoms of the cherry esplanade bloom. This year the Sakura … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE RETURNS TO LONDON

“The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” at the Romford Horror Independent Film Festival The last trip I took before the pandemic lock downs was to the London International Filmmaker Festival in February 2020. I am happy to report that my … Continue reading

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EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS

Making my way through the Great American Southwest posts took the focus off our 2018 trip to Paris. Much has been shared from that visit already, but there’s still more. And how could I have not yet included our trip … Continue reading

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3 Seconds of HELL

An Advance Mini Audio Peek at “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” “If there’s a hell, this is the music.” That was my mother’s succinct critique of the score of my short film “The Pit and the Pendulum … Continue reading

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EASTER KNICK-KNACK HUNT

A Game of Hide and Seek in Photos What I enjoy most about Easter is the hiding and seeking of treats. I best like hiding and having my loved ones do the seeking. It’s just Ed and me together today, … Continue reading

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OPERA KIDS – the movie

“Opera Kids” is a documentary about the Creating Original Opera program that I had taught and also helped develop with my colleagues at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department since 1990. It was directed by Max Sturm, who participated in … Continue reading

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Crocuses on the First Day of Spring

Ed and I visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden yesterday, on the cool, sunny first day of Spring. The crocuses were in full bloom. Deeper into the gardens, the crocuses spectacularly blanket a particular hill.

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“Show Me Your Range But Make It Hair”

That’s one of those memes or games circulating among actors in social media lately. “Show me your range” in photos, and one of its specializations “Show me your range but in hair”. And I thought, well I can do that. … Continue reading

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Tell-Tale Festival Tidbits

Some other Awards (Not) Making the News Lately Apropos of other much more momentous film awards news being announced, I thought I might update some Tell-Tale news on that front. The Hollywood Screenings Film Festival has honored “The Tell-Tale Heart … Continue reading

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PAPA BIDEN

After watching President Biden’s speech on the one year anniversary of the Covid pandemic, this classic Peanuts cartoon panel, one of my personal favorites, came to my mind, yet with a slight modification… So in light of my love of … Continue reading

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A NIGHT AT THE MUSICABRE – the Art is Alive Magazine Article

Art is Alive Magazine’s Matrell Wood interviewed me a few weeks back and the article has just been published. It touches upon “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“, its companion piece-in-the-works “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre” as … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE JUMP CUTS

Jump Cuts Film Festival announces the following two awards for “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre“: Aidey Pugh, director of the Jump Cuts Film Festival, sent me an email announcing that my “Fab musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic … Continue reading

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ALL OF THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST BLOG POSTS

All 26 Southwest USA Twofisted Touristing Posts Collected in One Spot OK, I can’t actually promise the full Great American West, that would basically be all of this: The area Ed and I toured August 2019, and from which the … Continue reading Continue reading

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