WHY A MUSICAL?

An Interview with Librettist/Lyricist Germaine Shames Reprinted with permission of Jaz Dorsey, dramaturg.   Thanks to Mahesh Steven Grossman, there is a fantastic new facebook page that I encourage every one to check out – Show Off Your New Musical. This is where I came across Arizona playwright and author, Germaine Shames, and learned of […]

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Finding the Heart In an Epic Musical

Director Robert Encila on Love, Collaboration and the Future of Musical Theatre I first met Robert Encila at Studio Connections’ production of A Man of No Importance and knew, instantly and beyond doubt, that he was the ideal director for my musicals, present and future. The gripping performances and spellbinding illusions he brings to the […]

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MUSICAL THEATRE ITALIAN-STYLE

Simone Leonardi Bares All Simone Leonardi, winner of an Italian “Tony,” has big ambitions and the talent and training to realize them. The question is, where? Simone studied acting with director John Roman Nardoni before embarking on an apprenticeship in the UK, at the Charioteer Theatre, where he perfected his knowledge of the Shakespearean repertoire. […]

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To Dance Giselle!

Georgia Reed Realizes a Lifelong Dream I first interviewed Georgia Reed eighteen months ago. My novel You, Fascinating You had just debuted, and Georgia was among the first wave of dancers to endorse it. Like the protagonist of that novel, she possesses an iron will and the inspired tenacity to surmount any obstacle. As in the lives of […]

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Echo Year: Casper Silk Returns With a Hailstorm of Truffles

Who hasn’t dreamed of a life in the perfect French chateau? Shortly after the events of 9/11, author Casper Silk (aka Germaine Shames) and her British partner considered making France a second home and set out to find the quintessential Gallic village. Hate crimes had recently spiked in urban France, but Silk had difficulty reconciling the […]

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Of Love and Music

An Interview with Singer/Songwriter Jasmine Tommaso Jasmine Tommaso’s singing breaks my heart. Her talent for conveying vulnerability and strength at the same time, and for giving her all every time, makes each song a journey. Jasmine, the daughter of renowned bassist Giovanni Tommaso, has long had a passion for music and began vocal and piano […]

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Finding the Music in An Epic Story

An Interview with Composer Federico Ferrandina You, Fascinating You, a novel based on the epic story behind a timeless love song, will soon come full circle on the stage as a dramatic musical. I returned to my roots in Theater to write the book and lyrics. Because music resides at the very heart of this […]

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Dance and Aging

An Interview with Linda Ashley, Ph.D. “Dance, dance, or we are lost!” Pina Bausch In the highly competitive and youth-dominated world of professional dance, most performers retire in their thirties and early forties. For a dancer whose very identity is bound up in performance, what more does a life in dance have to offer? The […]

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Mystery Revealed: Author Casper Silk Unmasks

Silk and Subterfuge… For the past several years I have been dancing with a shady male alter ego, channeling his dark visions and lofty ideals into novels, and hiding my double identity from all but a few close friends. In short, dear reader, I am the mind and soul behind the mysterious Casper Silk, author […]

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2012

A Look Back In Gratitude Year’s end has become a time of lists—top news events, best books, memorable quotes… Having lived 2012 at full tilt with my sights on the horizon, I’ve kept no list, but my writings—both on this blog and elsewhere— suggest what has mattered to me and who has shared my journey. […]

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