Tag Archives: Speakeasy

LIGHT ENTERS THE HOME – with a “light”hearted music quiz

  I’ll have a picture with my puzzle, please Longtime visitors to my site will have noticed that I love sharing photos, under the “Two-fisted Touristing” rubric, of scenic vistas from around the world or places and events in New … Continue reading

Posted in Arts-a-Poppin', Melodies Linger On, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“HOT MESS” MALE BISEXUALS “TORCHED” OFF BROADWAY

Hot Mess – Torch Song – Call Me By Your Name – Cabaret – Speakeasy By a quirk of timing I wound up seeing two days in a row the two stage plays currently playing in New York (Off Broadway) … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema Scope, LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, Live! On Stage, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Young Lovers’ Path to Speak Easy

Two Fawns in the Wood Dance into the Light   Maybe it’s just a dream.  Maybe it’s real.  Maybe it doesn’t matter either way.  For the shame and the betrayal are felt just as acutely. In the musical Speakeasy, an … Continue reading

Posted in LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, Literary Lyricism, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SPEAKEASY – The Irony of the Young Lovers’ Duets

Curious Colorful Night – It’s a Dream – Momentary Bliss Three lovers’ duets that are not what they seem to the ear Ah, young lovers’ duets.  A hallmark of musicals, especially those of the 1920s and 1930s, and so of … Continue reading

Posted in LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, Literary Lyricism, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SPEAKEASY – Advice from a (Lesbian) Caterpillar

Two songs from “Speakeasy” explore two sides of a closeted 1920’s lesbian For many years I hoped to write a musical about the queer subculture of Roaring Twenties New York, but didn’t find my “in” until I came upon the … Continue reading

Posted in LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, Literary Lyricism, Notes in the News, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On the Anniversary of My Father’s Death

My father, Abraham Ashkenasi, died on this date last year.  Above is the last picture I took of him, the last day I saw him in person. It was February 16, 2016.  Two days earlier my mother called me to say … Continue reading

Posted in Beginnings, Melodies Linger On, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Emma Thompson Tackles Tricky Tuplets in “Beauty and the Beast”

  This weekend the Disney live-action remake of the 1991 Disney animation classic “Beauty and the Beast” made a big splash with audiences, critics, and, especially, the box office.  I saw it Friday and was completely enchanted.  The movie smartly recreates … Continue reading

Posted in Beginnings, Cinema Scope, Melodies Linger On, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Speakeasy Highlight Reel

It’s the one year anniversary of the workshop performances of “Speakeasy – John and Jane’s Adventures in the Wonderland“.  To mark the occasion, here are some screen shots of the Speakeasy Highlight Reel, a 13 minute edit of selections from … Continue reading

Posted in LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SHADOW & LIGHT – an exploration in pictures and music

Shadow and Light – Danny Ashkenasi (from the musical Speakeasy) Today I will share some photos I have taken over the past few months that feature a play of light and shadow in a diverse variety.  I’ll complement these images … Continue reading

Posted in Arts-a-Poppin', Melodies Linger On, The Speakeasy Chronicles, Two-fisted Touristing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WIN A MUSICAL DOWNLOAD!

OK, I’m feeling a little silly and in the mood for a puzzle.   I just posted this tweet: “I finished a composition la la la la Part of a cycle 23 years (& counting) in the making la la … Continue reading

Posted in Chamber Works, Notes in the News | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NfaC Pride Month Repost: THE NEARLY INVISIBLE BISEXUAL MALE

June is Pride Month.  So I thought I should make my first post of the month a post that deals heavily with LGBTQ issues.  And although my many posts related to my musical Speakeasy almost invariably deal with LGBTQ issues, … Continue reading

Posted in Beginnings, LGBTQ Alphabet Soup, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

SPEAKEASY – Douglas McDonnell sings “Dance into the Light”

The tenor Douglas McDonnell sang two songs from Speakeasy at last weekend’s Lower East Side festival at the Theater for the New City: “Dance into the Light” and “All You Are”.  Unfortunately technical difficulties got in the way of recording … Continue reading

Posted in Live! On Stage, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BUONA MUSICA; ON NUOVO INTRIGANTE MUSICAL – Mario Fratti reviews Speakeasy

The Italian playwright Mario Fratti, most famous for the musical “Nine”,  writes about New York Theater for the Italian publication OGGI.  And he included a nice little write up on Speakeasy in one of his recent articles.  A copy was … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in the News, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

KICKSTARTER REWARDS MAILING

Yesterday Kelly Aliano and I got together to put together the mailing of Speakeasy Reward gifts (T-Shirts and Booklets and Posters, oh my!) to those Kickstarter contributors to the showcase production of Speakeasy who weren’t able to pick up their … Continue reading

Posted in Notes in the News, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

NfaC Double Repost: BREAKING INTO SONG IN MUSICALS

Time for another Notes from a Composer rerun, or repost, this time a double feature from last April on the convention of breaking into song in musicals, and how cleverly the movie version of Cabaret subverted that convention.  This post … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema Scope, Melodies Linger On, The Speakeasy Chronicles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment