March 2, 2011 · 11:47 pm
Okay, I’ve been trying for a while, but I can’t get the cool video of Northwestern students working on “Rock Me!” embedded on this blog. So, if you want to see all these fabulously talented kids working on “Rock & Roll Widow”, you’ll have to check out this link.
This is gonna be fun.
See you this week in Evanston.
February 21, 2011 · 11:20 pm
For years my three daughters listened to the songs that Brad Hall and I wrote and recorded for our rock & roll musical “Rock Me!” in 1988.
“Rock Me” was originally written for the Columbia College New Musicals Project under the direction of Sheldon Patinkin and it was performed for one night at Chicago’s Apollo Theatre in August of ‘88.
Emilia, Eva and Maura pestered me relentlessly to get together with Brad to finish it. A couple years ago, Brad and I wrote a few new tunes for the show and made notes for a re-write of the book. But Emilia finally got the “Rock Me!” completion project underway last fall by submitting the show to a student production group at Northwestern.
NU’s student-run Sit & Spin productions chose to produce a concert reading of “Rock Me!” this year – and that was the catalyst for us to finish our work on the book and score. (Musical wizard Steve Rashid pitched in by charting the score and sorting out the voluminous harmonies.)
Now, I’m pleased to say that “Rock Me!” will be performed in a concert reading at Northwestern University’s Fisk Hall on Monday and Tuesday, March 7 and 8, 2011.
Performance times will most likely be at 8:00 pm on both Monday and Tuesday and there might also be an 11:00 pm show on one or both of those nights. (I’ll update the info as I get it.)
Ticket prices will be $5 dollars and cannot be purchased in advance. If you’re planning to see “Rock Me!” — let me know and I’ll make sure you’re on the list. (Just reply to this post.)
It’s going to be a gas seeing enthusiastic college folk having fun with these songs.
Big thanks to my rocking daughter Emilia for her tenacious advocacy on behalf of “Rock Me!”
You rock, E!
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