'Dorian Gray: The Musical' at the Barrow Group Arts Center
BroadwayUSA! present Dorian Gray: The Musical, book, music and lyrics by Barry Gordon and Andrew Steven Ross, playing at the Barrow Group Arts Center from the 15 - 18 Sep 2005. Part of the Second New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Adapted from the classic Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray is an aspiring young songwriter and social idealist finding his way in the Greenwich Village of the mid-1960s. He is discovered and becomes the reluctant protï¿½gï¿½ of an unscrupulous English rock 'n' roll promoter, who introduces him to the life, fame and fortune he never sought. But like a drug, this new celebrity begins to take him over and he falls deeper under its spell as his musical career soars.
Dorian's soul falls away and a monstrous persona slowly moves in as the years progress. Only a photograph taken early in his career and secreted away reveals the horror that he has become. As he enters the new millennium, he is still youthful in appearance, but bereft of friends, moral virtue and true companionship. And finally he realizes that he cannot escape the life he bargained for.
This modern allegory is accompanied by 20 original songs that bare the idealistic passion which Dorian Gray cannot recover. His fate was sealed when he abandoned his youthful dreams, made a deal with the devil and lost his soul.
According to Barry Gordon, ï¿½In the present day of aging rock stars still touring and presenting the same shows and performing the same stage posturings of their youth, Dorian Gray: The Musical is especially poignant, addressing the lure of eternal youth, the battle between good and evil, and the cost of fame.ï¿½
Dorian Gray: The Musical features Bob Ader (Larry Shutznik, Dan Fox), Leslie Alexander (Margaret Tallerson, Vicki Blair), Jeff Scot Carey (Dorian Gray), Jenny Gelwick (Heather Winfield, Kryssy, Backup Singer), Rodney Hicks (James Vane), Shane Jacobsen (Mason Trent), Robert Anthony Jones (Henry Wotton), Vanessa Jones (Christina Raines, Backup Singer), Don Mayo (Reverend Vane), Brian Munn (Bill Hallward, Marvin Shutznik), Joe Ricci (Al Di Campo, Paraplegic), Buzz Roddy (Lt. Mayfair, Sheriff, Doctor), Kellie Turner (Det. Selby), Idara Victor (Sybil Vane) and Nicole van Giesen (Bessie Hallward / Annie Hallward).
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