Friday, November 06, 2009
Angels the Musical is about to Take Flight at Boston Conservatory
I mentioned last week the embryonic musical, Angels. In just a few hours, I will be heading to the Fenway section of Boston - not see see the Red Sox play, but to see Angels soar!
Because of a growing friendship with the team of Producers for Angels the Musical, Marcus Cheong (co-author of the book and lyrics with Ken Lai), Dale Smith and Frank Monteleone, as well with as the composer/lyricist, Ken Lai, I have been able to watch this embryo of a musical grow over the course of the past few weeks. It has been a thrilling process to behold as changes are made in the show and the cast members grow into their roles and begin to make the characters truly live to tell their stories.
I wish I could invite you to accompany me this weekend to see one of the performances at Boston Conservatory, but the weekend performances at the theater are already filled to capacity. The excitement about this show is palpable and is growing exponentially. Each person I know who has seen and heard even a small sample of the music and story has been drawn into its powerful gravitational field and has been dazzled by the brilliance of its light. And this is a workshop production, without benefit of full staging, lighting, costumes or special effects. Those elements will be added when the show arrives on Broadway, but the story that has been crafted by Lai and Cheong stands on its own. And the young and energetic cast of Boston Conservatory students animates the tale and carries it on angels wings directly into the hearts of the audience members.
There will be opportunities in the future for you to see this show in more fully realized iterations. There are plans underway for a national tour, and eventually a full-blown Broadway version. While you are waiting, treat yourself to a sample of gorgeous music as offered on the Angels the Musical myspace.com page:
Angels the Musical Myspace Page
Enjoy! Let me know what you think.
I plan to keep readers of The White Rhino Report aware of continuing developments as the national tour and the eventual Broadway plans mature.