When Kevin first decided to embark on adapting Maurice Walsh’s Castle Gillian for the musical stage, he very early on made clear decisions that demo songs from the show would be written for particular artists in-mind, essentially placing them in the role of the characters from the story.
From the outset, Kevin was adamant that “the perfect person” for the role of young Gillian (Gill) Morris had to be New York Broadway actor-singer, Michael McCorry Rose.
So for this, the first song to be released from the show, Kevin and Michael went into the studio and recorded Gill’s 11th-hour number from Act II entitled, ‘Hear Me, God‘.
STORYLINE: Close to the the deadline on the foreclosure on Castle Gillian, wherein it will become the property of the avaricious and despicable Garrett Ward; and with that eventuality, the likelihood that his sister, Mary Morris being forced into marrying Ward to avert the loss of the once famous racing stables from the family, Gill implores God – whom he has ceased to believe exists from atrocities witnessed during his service in wartime – to answer “one last prayer”.
Michael McCorry Rose is a Broadway actor most recently seen in the Tony Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder. Prior to that, he starred as “Fiyero” in the smash hit musical, Wicked. In New York, Michael has appeared in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, Birdland and Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Along with Karl Scully and David O’Leary, Michael is part of the group Tri: The New Irish Tenors. He regularly appears in concert with Academy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame), their most recent concert was filmed for PBS’s Great American Songbook Concert Series at NJPAC and aired in the summer of 2016. It was recently nominated for a 2017 Regional Emmy Award.
Michael has performed with symphonies and concert orchestras across the United States, most recently starring in a symphonic concert of Chess with the Temecula Valley Symphony in California. Internationally, Michael has performed in concert at the Adelaide Music Festival in Australia, for the U.S. State Department in Nairobi, Kenya and in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His theatrical credits include roles at regional theaters such as The Paper Mill Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theater, Primary Stages, Capital Repertory Theater and Project Shaw in New York City. Originally from San Diego, he holds a B.A. in Mass Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he appeared in Carol Burnett’s directorial debut of Once Upon A Mattress.