First look at the virtual location for the Liverpool Philharmonic home in SL

Finally received a confirmation today from the Liverpool Philharmonic that they had received my entry for a free ticket to their virtual concert on the 14th of September. Lucky winners will be notified on Monday September 10th. A video showing the replica of the original hall built in Second Life has been posted on You Tube. It looks amazing.

There’s still time to apply for a ticket. Click here for details.

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Virtual Symphony – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in Second Life

Mark your calendars! On September 14th, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic will be the first professional orchestra to perform live in Second Life. From the Philharmonic website:

Principal Conductor Vasily Petrenko conducts Ravel’s Sheherazade and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, as well as world premieres by Merseyside-born composers Kenneth Hesketh and John McCabe.

Spaces to attend this event are limited. You can register here.

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Transylvania Mania…The return of Young Frankenstein and boy, can he dance!

Finally saw the musical yesterday in Seattle. It was well worth the trip (despite the total three-hour crawl at the borders) and the price. Looking at the list of songs in the program, prior to the start of the show, I was surprised to see how closely it followed the movie. In fact, the book turned out to be almost verbatim to the movie. Which made a lot of people happy in the theatre. The guy next to me had seen the movie over 20 times, by his own admission, and was still laughing so hard throughout the show, I started getting worried for him. I got the feeling the theatre was packed, for this matinee, with a lot of die-hard fans of the movie. Every familiar punch-line was greeted with roars of laughter. Some comic material was added here and there, but overall, and despite a slightly different twist at the end, it was very faithful to the original script.

The cast was strong, led by Roger Bart (Carmen Ghia — The Producers, Xanthias, The Frogs), Andrea Martin (SCTV fame), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace). The dance numbers were classic Stroman – interesting use of props and imaginative choreography, especially the Puttin’ on the Ritz and Join the Family Business numbers. The sets were equally impressive.

Clocking in at 3 hours, there were some bits that could be trimmed, IMHO: the bubble machine scene and the Count Basie scene. The gay joke was totally out of place (so the village idiot is gay?..Hum…) Though I found the songs not as strong and memorable as those in The Producers, my favorites now include Transylvania Mania, Together again for the First Time and Join the Family Business, with honorable mention for He Vas my Boyfriend and Please Send Me Someone. I’m definitely looking forward to the release of the soundtrack.

I was a little surprised by the lack of grand finale, as characters simply left the stage, leaving the two stars for the final punchline, by a giant moon. Looked great. Very cinematic, but not what I expected for a musical of this scale and by this director. I got the feeling they ran out of energy and decided the punchline was more important than adding a final dance number. Pity.

All in all, well worth the price of admission (though perhaps not the reported $450 for a premier seat). **** (out of 5 stars)

Turning old comedies into musicals: Will “Young Frankenstein” come alive?

Watched Young Frankenstein tonight in anticipation of seeing the musical tomorrow in Seattle. It’ll be interesting to see where the musical numbers are inserted. I just know that there will be a number called He vas my boyfriend, at this point. The movie is 33 years old now. Some of the sight gags are still good (darts scene), but I didn’t find it as funny as I did when I first watched it, quite a few years ago. It’ll be interesting to see how much the musical will stick with the original premise or deviate and build on the story. Mel struck gold with The Producers. Will he repeat the feat with this latest venture? Stay tuned…

First play done!

The ActUp! Writer’s meeting was sparsely attended yesterday. Summer holidays, I guess. Thinkerer and Nebbisk were there. After some thinkering we all got on Teamspeex, as First Voice was not really reliable. We went over my script and ActUp! Writers Workshopthe four commercials done. Thinkerer thought they were ready for Preston, the director of the show. I finally finished the 5th segment for the commercials (the PSA) and dropped a copy in her inventory. Turns out scripts are Kier’s domain, so I’ll wait to see what he wants next. He seems to be tied with other business now, so I’m not sure when that will be.

Nebbisk also had an interesting draft — more Twilight Zone than Hallowe’en, so we may be developing an evening around that. Could be fun…:)