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Be Bold
New York City
Be Bold and Mighty Forces will Come to your Aid
Interests: Theater, Literature, Phantom of the Opera, Film
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Little Mermaid is Lucky Seven for Sgouros & Bell It’s hard to imagine, but in the last 28 months, Michael Sgouros and I have written 7 original musicals and produced 10 (A Christmas Carol, The Selfish Giant and Treasure Island were produced twice) in NYC at the Players Theatre. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Musical Theatre Notes
We often refer to our new theatrical production of PHANTOM at the Players Theatre as being edgy. As I prepared for tonight’s rehearsal with Christine and Raoul, intending to push them into edgier performances, I had to ask myself what it really meant to be “edgy”. I think for us it means working outside of the comfort zone. I mean our comfort zone as director, writer, composer, choreographer and actors – but also the comfort zone of the audience as well. The format itself is outside a comfort zone. It is not a typical musical. The music supports the story... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
It has been almost 3 months since the first preview performance of the new Phantom – the Real Story. The show continues to raise much controversy and discussion – not unlike the novel it was based on by Gaston Leroux. The unique style that Leroux used – seamlessly blending fact and fiction - is the basis for our productions theatrical style. Come and Believe – but beware! Don’t expect a typical musical theatre piece. Expect the unexpected. Take a look at our new video clip featuring Eric Fletcher (Erik) singing Come and Believe (composed by Michael Sgouros) and featuring the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
Mounting a new production of “Phantom of the Opera” can be a bit like holding the reins of Caesar, Erik’s giant white horse that he freely companions under the Paris Opera House. Beautiful, free spirited and massive – our new production at the Players Theatre and Caesar have these attributes in common. I know I have been very quiet this past week but it is because I have been lurking deep within the mind of Gaston Leroux and the heart of Erik. Previews begin in two days and all of the piece of our Phuzzle are coming together – slow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
Gaston Leroux, I mean. The author of the infamous novel “Phantom of the Opera” and the man behind the man behind the mask. A man so interesting, so entertaining and imaginative, that I found it impossible to write a stage adaptation of Phantom without including Leroux as a main character. In our new musical production at the Players Theatre in NYC Gaston Leroux is the narrator. Then man who spins the tale in front of the audiences eyes, inviting them to open their imaginations and join him on a thrilling journey backstage at the Opera d’ Paris! One of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
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Mar 16, 2010
Who among us doesn’t wear a mask? Even different masks for different occasions? At times it feels like our life is just one big masquerade ball - doesn’t it? We have our work mask, our lover mask, the parent mask, a friend mask and of course the mask of silent indifference we don on the subway to shield us from unpleasant intrusions. If we think about our own reasons for hiding behind a variety of facades, it becomes easier to understand Erik – the elusive “phantom” or “opera ghost” in Gaston Leroux’s novel “Phantom of the Opera”. When preparing to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
The difference between crazy and sane is an eighth note! I’d love to take credit for this thought but I wasn’t the one who said it. The composer of the new “Phantom of the Opera” musical at the Players Theatre, Michael Sgouros, has a way of just saying these gems and then I am scrambling for a pencil and paper to write it down. During our music rehearsal with Eric Fletcher, who is playing Erik – aka – the Phantom, Michael was discussing that the difference between Erik’s song “Soul Mate” and Christine Daae’s song “Why Must I Choose” is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
I know how unbelievably cold the wind feels when I am walking my puppy Bravo along the Hudson River at night – so I can’t even begin to conceive what it must have felt like to be Christine Daae the night she went to the graveyard in Perros. I re-read Chapter 5 in Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera” last night and tried to imagine the scene as it would have been and how we were going to recreate the scene onstage in our production at the Players Theatre. The cold – can you imagine the bone-chilling cold (every pun... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
We had a great story by Gaston Leroux to start with. Passionate music by Michael Sgouros and a script filled with compelling drama and intimate moments. But without the perfect actors to bring these songs and scenes and characters to life – the story could not be told. I am pleased to announce that after 3 weeks of auditioning we have a brilliant cast and I can’t wait to start working with them. Actors bring the story to life – it is a noble and vulnerable art form that takes intense dedication and courage. The actors are the living bridge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
The other evening while enjoying some tasty Thai food at Yum Yums in Hell’s Kitchen, my friend Susan and I began discussing a delicious and frustrating fruit – the Pomegranate. I was remarking how I bought one for the first time, and with no experience or instructions dove in boldly to harvest the juicy, delicate seeds that lie hidden below its tough exterior. When I was done, I did indeed have a bowl full of luscious seeds, but my kitchen, my puppy Bravo and I all looked like we had been witness to the Texas Chainsaw Murders! Susan then told... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
I was riding home on the subway last night and I noticed that a person sitting more than half a dozen seats away from me had their iPod turned up so loud that I could have danced to the music - I could have - but I didn't. At the time I was pouring over my Phantom of the Opera script and found the music a little … distracting. But then I began to ponder how technology has changed our ears expectations. In an eara (yes I know it is era but I couldn’t help myself) where music is served... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
Have you ever sat in the audience before a show and wondered what was going on in those last few moments before the curtain rises? What is it really like backstage without the illusion of the lights and costumes? Without the assistance of the music to underscore the actor's every passion? What is the real heartbeat of the world backstage? Gaston Leroux’s novel, “Phantom of the Opera”, is the answer to those questions – and many more. Gaston Leroux takes us past the grandeur of the Paris Opera House and the high society life of the late 19th century and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2010 at Chasing Phantoms
Recorded in my travel journal: July 26, 2009 Rue the day? I have to admit – I had a fair amount of trouble navigating the streets of Paris. On minute I’d be walking along Rue This and without making a turn or a change of step I would suddenly be on Rue That! Very confusing and quite frustrating – but I never seemed to be able to back away from the challenge. It’s as if the demands of the task made the realization of the prize all the more glorious. In plain words – I found the street where Mama... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2009 at Chasing Phantoms
Reported in my travel journal on: July 23, 2009 Christine! Christine! I have often conjured up a moving image in my mind of the evening when Raoul, having heard that Christine had been spotted in a carriage on an avenue in the Bois de Boulogne, decides to venture out into the bitterly cold night in hopes of catching a glimpse of his vanished young love. Today I stood in the exact same spot and caught the edge of his opaque breath, even though there was full sunlight and I was basking in 75 degree temperatures. The very idea that Gaston... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2009 at Chasing Phantoms
Entry: July 22, 2009 BB Paris Travel Journal On my way to the masked ball I reread Christine’s letter to Raoul: Dear – Meet me at the masked ball at the opera tomorrow night at midnight in the little sitting room behind the great hall, stand near the door that leads to the rotunda. Tell no one of our meeting. Wear a white domino that masks you well. If you would save my life, let no one recognize you. - Christine Feeling the same anticipation that Raoul must have felt, I too rushed up the grand marble staircase in search... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at Chasing Phantoms
One would think that in a city of theaters it would be pretty easy to get a show banner hung – but alas for me – it has been a constant learning experience that never seems to end. Could there be so much to learn about a simple strip of vinyl? Oh yes, there is! My first attempt at this rather tricky art was last January when I ordered the much anticipated “Treasure Island” banner for the Players Theatre. It all seemed so simple – 2 feet x 20 feet – what could go wrong? As it turns out –... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2009 at Chasing Phantoms
Recorded in my travel log on: July 21, 2009 Ascending the grand staircase of the Paris Opera House, I could almost feel the breath of the “Phantom of the Opera” on my neck as my hair stood up – just a little. With the cool slick marble beneath my feet and subtly shaped marble banister steady under my hand, I climbed in awe and thought – “I am here!” Here where I have so often imagined Raoul racing, determined and breathless, as he dashed to meet Christine at the masked ball. Yes, my friends I have made it to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2009 at Chasing Phantoms
Where does one go to chase an enormous tale, a tale that comes down to single, intimate moments? Where do I go to find out the truth about a legend, to chase phantoms – the Phantoms of Gaston Leroux’s enduring novel – “Phantom of the Opera”? Why Paris – of course! So to begin our little adventure - my next first few posts will be entries and photos from my travel journal keep during this summers journey to Paris. Dated: July 20, 2009 An so my friends, here I sit with my ultra-contemporary writing tool, poised to set out on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at Chasing Phantoms