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.

BRIER PATCH in MADISON SQUARE PARK

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TELL-TALE HEARTBEATS

In all this time writing about my first short film musical Edgar Allan Poe adaptation “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” I have kept one crucial secret: how are the famous tell-tale heartbeats rendered in this version? It must be … Continue reading

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Return to LIGHTSCAPE

New views of Lightscape at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden This Time with Snow and Ice This is a supplementary blog post to December’s “LIGHTSCAPE at Brooklyn Botanic Garden“. For a sense of the full tour, I suggest looking at that … Continue reading

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P&P – Day 3 – Adventures with a Porta-Jib

While watching the trailer for “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre“, my musical short film adaptation of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story, you will see me as the protagonist in a dark space, viewed from above. While … Continue reading

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2021 YEAR END POP CULTURE QUIZ

One point for each correct answer. No googling! – since I didn’t use google to come up with these questions (only to spell check afterwards) – which is a bit of a brag, yes, yet maybe also revealing something questionable … Continue reading

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MADISON SNOWSTORM

Just a little blizzard in Wisconsin’s capitol…

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The Sci-Fi Lego Skyscrapers of Porocity

I saw these nine gigantic towers of white lego building blocks in the Pompidou museum in Paris in 2018. They reminded me of science fiction movies of my childhood where fantastical models would be filmed to look like immense futuristic … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE MURDER IN RUSSIAN

Tell-Tale Subtitles #3 Welcome to the third and (so far) final installment of Tell-Tale Subtitles, where I share screenshots of my first short film musical Edgar Allan Poe adaptation “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” with subtitles added. The first … Continue reading

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Pit and Pendulum TRAILER

Hot off the editing bay: The Trailer for “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”! “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre“, my second short film musical adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe classic (say that clause three … Continue reading

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LIGHTSCAPE at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

A magical trail of fantastic light installations weaves its way through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at night these days. Ed and I took the tour.

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Mainstreet Musicals touts FEEDSTORE QUARTET

“Feedstore Quartet”, a musical created by Jack Hilton Cunningham and myself, has been selected by Mainstreet Musicals, a non-profit that “promotes development opportunities for new musicals throughout regional America”, as a Director’s Choice Award Winner. Jack and I met at … Continue reading

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Pit & Pendulum Posters

Introducing the poster design for “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre“: and its alternate / sibling poster: You probably noticed some imagery from the film that is being introduced for the first time on my blog’s discussions about … Continue reading

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P&P – Day 2 – The Destruction of the Cello

That’s a beautiful cello, don’t you think? A little worn at the edges perhaps, but to the composer who plays it, a poor fellow who lives in a garret in 17th century Spain, this instrument is his most prized possession, … Continue reading

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P&P – Day 2 – The Merchant’s House

In “The Pit and the Pendulum – a musicabre”, my second short film musical adaptation of a classic gothic tale by Edgar Allan Poe, the protagonist is seen working at his desk in a garret apartment, while soldiers of the … Continue reading

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LOVING – Photographic Treasures from the Nini-Treadwell Collection

Glimpses at a Photographic History of Men in Love 1850 – 1950 Twenty years ago Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell were browsing through stacks of vintage photographs in a Dallas antique store when they came upon a 1920s photograph of … Continue reading

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TELL-TALE SUBTITLES 2 – Spanish

It’s time for another episode of Fun with Tell-Tale Subtitles! The first time I shared screenshots of my musical Edgar Allan Poe adaptation “The Tell-Tale Heart – a musicabre” with Portuguese subtitles. Today Spanish gets its turn. These screenshots are … Continue reading

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