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re: PHILEMON Cast Recording on CD -- Anybody Ever See It on Stage?
Last Edit: AlanScott 08:31 pm EDT 06/15/19
Posted by: AlanScott 08:25 pm EDT 06/15/19
In reply to: re: PHILEMON Cast Recording on CD -- Anybody Ever See It on Stage? - garyd 08:07 pm EDT 06/15/19

Yes, York did it in 1991, with Michael Tucci as Cockian, and with Kim Crosby also in the cast, directed by the very talented Fran Soeder. I saw that production. I like the score a lot, but I was disappointed in the show, and I don't think it had anything to do with the production. But the cast recording of the original production is terrific. I've never seen the television adaptation of the original production. Perhaps the original production did find a work to make it work better than it did at York.

And, yes, the original was at Portfolio on 47th Street.

I do sometimes wonder why the source novel of the Rossellini film General Della Rovere has never been acknowledged as the source material. Perhaps it's because the novel is supposedly inspired by true events (if one can trust what is written on wikipedia, which is a very big if), so they thought they could get away without the rights to the novel (or the movie). In any case, it's hard for me to believe that Jones did not see the movie, although there are other possible explanations.

The first time I saw the movie, I kept saying to myself, "This story is so familiar." And then I realized that it was the story of Philemon, even though they take place around 1657 years apart.
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