Earlier today I put up the announcement in General Discussion that my musical, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mr. Gray" will get its premiere production in 2008! I am so stoked. I've been waiting for months for the board of directors at Pentacle Theatre here in Salem to make a decision. Finally they've settled on the next season, and "Dorian" will be the 3rd show on the 8 show season, running for 4 weeks in April. I'll direct the production, as I have for 9 other shows at this theatre.
NOW---The next number from the show, following the waltz which is the last thing from the show I've posted.
THAT masquerade scene turned out to be impossible to explain in the post, and there was some confusion about it, as you can see if you look at that previous thread.
But THIS scene which follows will be even more confusing. There's simply no way I could explain everything in context of what's happening in this. It'll be mostly a chance for you to hear more music from the show, and get at least some vague idea of how it fits in to the production.
Not counting the show's finale, this is the longest extended musical scene. It's 9:45-!
In this thread's subject line I've called it "A Music Hall Scene" because that's the main concept of how this scene is to be done. It's as if the characters in this portion of the story are living un-real lives on an old English Music Hall Stage. Gas footlights, painted scenery et al.
Here's a PDF file of the vocal score for "Into The Sun" in case you'd like to try to follow along. It has 5 vocal lines, though it's often solo material. If you keep continuously scrolling down, you may be able to follow during the MP3 playback.
Dorian has fallen in love with an actress in a tawdry little theatre on the East Side. As he describes her to his friend Lord Henry, Sibyl, his love, appears and soon we're in the hovel where she lives with her mother and brother.
Here's the MP3 at Box:
It's a medley of songs as the characters interact, often as if they are on stage in a melodrama, as explained above.
Even if what the action of the scene is never clear to you, I will at least enjoy knowing you've heard more of the show's music. This is unlike any of the numbers leading up to it.
As with everything from the show I've posted, this is primarily done with GPO. These instrumental tracks will be the "virtual orchestra" for the live stage production coming up next year.
Thanks for visiting!