Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Next trip to the theatre: Shadows of Pompeii, again

Some weeks ago, a friend and I made a trip to the Moon Space to see an early concert reading of a new musical form the composer of Romance, Romance. It needed work, to be sure, but it had but a short time frame in which to do that work, considering it's opening tomorrow at 42nd Street Moon!

I'm going back this Sunday to see it in this new, staged incarnation, and I'm anxious to see what they've done.

According to the book author, RC Staab, "The main love relationship has been strengthened, clarified and intensified, lyrics have been rewritten, songs have been re-ordered, a new opening has been written and, importantly, the volcano Vesuvius appears as a major character in its own right."

Staab also sat down with Chad Jones to describe his perspective on that fateful reading:

“That audience was brutal,” Staab says over coffee in his downtown San Francisco neighborhood. “One guy wanted us to change the location of the show from Pompeii to Herculaneum. Another wanted the volcano to erupt at the beginning of the show. I was fairly depressed the next day.”

I can see that. We were, indeed, brutal.

But we're going back for seconds, so that's gotta mean something, right?

Disclosure: I'm on the board of 42nd Street Moon

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