NOVEMBER 4th UPDATE: Here is a slide show of great shots taken at the premiere:
Slide show - "DORIAN" in Moscow
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The official premiere in Russia of my stage musical, "Dorian Gray," has finally arrived.
On Oct. 22nd, "Dorian" will debut at The Moscow International House of Music, which is the Russian equivalent of The Lincoln Center in New York.
Earlier this year, the show was in previews. Initial plans to open the show in June were changed so that the 2010-2011 theatre season could kick off with a gala premiere at this incredible venue in down town Moscow. Following that, "Dorian" will join the roster of shows performed by the Stas Namin repertory company in Gorky Park.
AND - I'll be there at the opening! - I was in Moscow in 2008 when work began on the show. Now I'm returning to attend the premiere, and to do some serious sight-seeing which I didn't have time for during my first visit there.
Those of you who have been on the Forum long enough will recall that all throughout 2007 I posted all of the music from my show, piece by piece.
Then followed an amateur production in 2008, with Gary and Marianne Garritan attending on opening night.
Michael Butler, the original producer of "HAIR" on Broadway was also there on opening night. I signed a contract with him, and his first move was to give the show its professional premiere in Moscow, Russia.
In the way of a fairly typical show-biz roller coaster ride, it's taken the Russian company two years to get the show up, weathering tough financial times like the rest of the world. But now they're finally opening their uniquely Russian version of "Dorian" and I couldn't be more thrilled.
Butler is currently working on a possible "Dorian" production in Orange County, California.
Here are translated Russian pages of the show with photographs from the beautiful production the Stas Namin Centre has put together:
"DORIAN" IN RUSSIA
And here's a live link to the SNC site that has a slide show of production shots. This link is through Google translate:
"DORIAN" RUSSIAN INFO
This is one of the highest peak experiences of my life.