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13 10, 2017

How I Go From Idea to Finished Song

From Idea to Finished Song Anyone who knows me knows I'm not the best singer in the world. Nor am I the best guitar player in the world. I took guitar lessons from a guy with huge ears at a dinky music store when I was in 7th grade and I haven't gotten any better. Seriously. But what I can do, as my friend Paul Mirkovich says, is write a song. And right now I've written a bunch of songs for [...]

30 08, 2017

New Bern Civic Theatre Goes Around the World

New Bern Civic Theatre Heading Around the World New Bern Civic Theatre in New Bern, NC is producing my play Around the World in 80 Days, Sept 8 -17. That makes two productions opening in the same week (Servant Stage is the other production). Pay no attention to the helicopter. It didn't exist in 1872, but would have made the trip a whole lot easier. New Bern, NC, along the mighty Neuse River is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. Seriously. I hear [...]

30 08, 2017

Servant Stage Company Goes Around the World

Servant Stage Company Going Around the World in 80 Days Servant Stage Company in Lancaster, PA will be producing my play Around the World in 80 Days, Sept 7 - 17. (I have another production opening the same week at New Bern Civic Theatre.) I've seen some pictures of the Servant Stage production and the costumes and set look gorgeous. Cast The production stars: Dan Deal, Andrew Zahn, Kristen Brewer, Jacob Daniel Cummings and Brian McCreary. Tickets All tickets are pay what you want! Let's hope [...]

17 07, 2017

Hedgerow Theatre Company World Tour

Hedgerow Theatre Company Goes Around the World The Hedgerow Theatre Company in Rose Valley, PA is going Around the World in 80 Days. And according to the reviews they're doing a bang up job of it. "Director Damon Bonetti and his ensemble of five gifted comedic actors (portraying 39 characters) breathe great comedic life into Brown’s script, while still finding its heart." ~ DC Metro "It’s precisely the sort of thing you want to witness on a lazy summer night." ~ [...]

27 06, 2017

Tom Jones the Musical The World Has Evil

Tom Jones the Musical Demo Sessions A few weeks ago I went into recording studios in NYC and LA to record demo songs for my new musical Tom Jones the Musical. I've been writing behind the scenes posts about the songs and the singers. This is the second to last installment. The Whole World Has Evil The song "The Whole World Has Evil" is our introduction to the show's antagonist, the priggish Blifil. I suppose you'd be a prig, too, [...]

9 06, 2017

Tom Jones the Musical The One

Tom Jones the Musical Demo Sessions Last week the other week I  wrote about the amazing recording sessions we had in NYC for my new musical Tom Jones the Musical. This is the first post about the incredible LA recording session. The One I think "The One" is the second song I wrote for Tom Jones. (The first being "Harlot Jenny Jones"). It's the third song of the show, when we first meet our lovers - Tom Jones and Sophie Western. [...]

27 05, 2017

Tom Jones the Musical I’ll Always Love You

Tom Jones the Musical Demo Recordings I was in NYC not so long ago, recording demos for my new musical Tom Jones the Musical. I've been posting about the sessions and have come to the final song we recorded. I'll Always Love You "I'll Always Love You" is the final song in the show. The feel good, everything ends happily song. It's Tom and Sophie's wedding song. It's also the last song we recorded in NYC. Despite having a lot [...]

24 05, 2017

Tom Jones the Musical Say Goodbye

Tom Jones the Musical Demo Recordings I've been chronicling about the recent demo recording sessions I did in NYC for my new musical Tom Jones the Musical. I worked with fantastic singers and am really happy with the results. Say Goodbye to Tom Jones "Say Goodbye to Tom Jones" happens late in the second act. Both Squire Western and the priggish Blifil want to get Tom Jones out of the way so Blifil can marry Squire Western's daughter, Sophie. Blifil [...]

23 05, 2017

Tom Jones the Musical I Wanna Go Home

Tom Jones the Musical Demo Sessions Earlier this month I was in NYC to record demos for my new musical Tom Jones the Musical. We were in the studio for three days. Two days of recording and one day of mixing. Last week I wrote a series of posts about the songs we recorded on the first day. Here's the first post about the songs we recorded on the second day. I Wanna Go Home The song "I Wanna Go [...]

19 05, 2017

Tom Jones the Musical Fox Huntin’

Tom Jones the Musical Demo Sessions I was in NYC last week to record demos for my new musical, Tom Jones the Musical. Man that's a clever title. This week I've been writing a series of posts about those sessions. The other posts are:  Kerry Butler and Dan DeLuca recording “About You;” Anissa Felix and Josh Tolle recording “Digging a Hole in the Ground;" Janine LaManna, Anissa Felix and Cullen Titmas recording “Harlot Jenny Jones;” and Janine LaManna and Adam Kaplan singing "London [...]