I've just received an update on how things are going in Moscow, Russia, where the repertory company at The Stas Namin Center is working on the Russian version of my musical, "Dorian-The Remarkable Mister Gray."
They're continuing to work on the show, but are forced to go into hiatus until September, when they hope to afford starting up again.
The original plan for me to fly over to Moscow to work with them again had to be cancelled. And hiring new designers on the special project can't happen now either, it will be an in-house production.
Russia has been hit harder with the financial crisis than The States, if you can imagine that. Apparently the theatre is really struggling just to keep their doors open.
At least they haven't completely abandoned the project!
This has been brewing for some time, the new email from them just confirmed the specifics - that they'll need to wait to start work again.
And that segues to how I've been doing what I can to help promote production of the show here in The States. Michael Butler produced "Pope Joan" in Hollywood in the time slot when "Dorian" was originally going to be done. He wanted the Russian production to happen first. Now "Joan" has turned out to be of substantial cost, and they're in the process of trying to move the show into a larger house. This leaves plans for a Hollywood "Dorian" way in the indeterminate future.
What Michael would like to see is for the show to be produced by appropriately equipped companies at venues across the country, and bypassing the usual route which has New York as the ultimate goal. That is quite fine with me, since I've known since day one that my idiosyncratic musical is Not in the commercial, Broadway mold. I believe the days are gone when a show Has to be done in New York to gain legitimacy.
SO - Could you please check the new "Dorian" pages which I've recently gotten up? They're online, but I consider them in the Beta stage. It's a small and to-the-point site with basic show and contact info.
But it's all Flash based - and it assumes that viewers are on up-to-date computers with current Flash players, and with a good connection speed. I'm afraid people with less-than-current set ups may have trouble with the site.
I've tested it on three computers so far, and it's looking and working great - But I still have concerns.
Use the link in my sig - the domain name of dorian-the-musical still takes people to the new pages.
That's what's new with me. Please let me know what issues you might have with the site - either replying here on the thread or by using my email address located under my name in this post.