FINALLY!--I've been given the green light to let 'er rip on the news I've had to sit on for months now.
In brief - My show, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray" is being produced in Moscow, Russia, and I will soon be there to work with the company!
I'm pasting in a copy of the official Press Release which has been going out this morning. Some details of how this incredible thing came about are in that text.
In celebration, for the Forum I put together a video clip of a love song from "Dorian," taped live earlier this year. You can get the Windows Media file by clicking the title below the picture from the production.
Need I add?--I AM SUPER STOKED!
(be sure to scroll down for more info!)
Oregon Composer’s Musical To Open In Moscow
Oregon composer Randy Bowser travels to Russia on Nov. 3 to direct the professional International Premiere of his stage musical, “Dorian—The Remarkable Mister Gray” at The Stas Namin Moscow Theatre of Music and Drama.
SALEM, OREGON — Oct. 24, 2008 —In April 2007, Pentacle Theatre of Salem, Oregon, staged “Dorian,” based on Oscar Wilde’s novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Attending on opening night was Michael Butler, the original producer of “Hair” on Broadway. The show’s creator, Mr. Bowser, signed a contract with Mr. Butler to develop “Dorian” for the professional stage.
Butler’s colleague, Russian producer-musician Stas Namin, became aware of the show and requested to present the first professional production in Moscow. Bowser, Butler and Namin met in L.A. in July to finalize arrangements. The libretto has been translated in Russian and pre-production has been in progress for several months. Butler is pleased to present the international production of “Dorian” preceding the show’s American professional debut.
Bowser will work with the cast in Moscow for the initial three weeks of rehearsals then return in March of 2009 to finalize the show for opening night.
According to Bowser, “Russia is the motherland of modern drama. To have my musical staged in Moscow promises to be a highlight of my life. It is a great honor.”
Stas Namin’s rock group “Flowers” was the first Soviet super-band. He founded the Stas Namin Theatre in Moscow’s famous Gorky Park, presenting acclaimed productions of musicals such as “Jesus Christ Superstar” “Godspell” and “Hair.” His company will now add “Dorian” to their repertoire.
In 1974, Bowser’s rock opera based on Dante’s “Inferno” received an award from the William Morris Agency. He has also written other stage pieces such as “The Nightingale” produced at The Masquers Club in Hollywood. At Pentacle Theatre, Bowser directed productions such as “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and Joe Brooks’ “Metropolis” which Salem’s newspaper, The Statesman Journal, cited as one of the top 10 cultural events of 2002.