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Exciting News And More On The Way


Kevin and Staś

I am in New York as I write this completing work on another project.

During this visit, I have been coordinating with our general managers and executive producers, Perry Street Theatricals, to coordinate the first workshop of Castle Gillian, in New York City in October 2020.

The planning and logistics for this enterprise is, to say the least, complex.  It’s not as we haven’t been through it before, so we’re ever more consciously aware of how much time we need to do all the things that have to be in place for a major three-week workshop of a new musical.

After a number of planning and pre-production meetings over the last ten days, I am delighted to announce the newest addition to the creative team of Castle Gillian is the outstanding New York-based choreographer & Musical Staging Dircetor – Staś Kmieć.

Staś’s credits include the much lauded production of Fiddler on the Roof (performed in Yiddish) that is a surprise hit on the New York theater scene.

Other works include: the LA premiere of My Antonia (music by Stephen Schwartz), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Ireland), Me and My Girl tour, Elephant Man, Don Giovanni,  L’elisir d’amore, Die Fledermaus, Nutcracker, Films – The Comedian, Trust the Man.  Artistic Director: Ballet Western-Reserve, Lubliniacy Folk Ensemble, Sarabande Repertory Ensemble.

Awards include: New York Musical Festival’s “Excellence in Choreography” for the Purcell-Kazan musical – The Mapmaker’s Opera (now titled The Stranger from Seville). Poland’s highest cultural honor – the Oskar Kolberg Award, 2019 Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Citation for “Best Musical Revival.”

He is a member of the professional theatrical unions: Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA, American Guild of Musical Artists.

We Have A Book!

cgcrop12It’s early September as I write this before heading off to Europe later this week for conducting engagements. Victor and I have been working throughout July and August to create the foundation of our work in efforts to complete the initial development work on Castle Gillian over the next 12 months.

OK. Drumrol! We have a complete first-draft of the book for Castle Gillian – and several new songs in the works with the first of these new songs to be released next month on this website.

We can also now announce the timeline for the first complete workshop of this new musical which will be held in September 2020 in New York where we will present the first version of the whole show to prospective investors and producers.

Over the next 12 months, we’ll be posting semi-regular updates on progress, posting new song videos and generally introducing you to our musical stage adaptation of Maurice Walsh’s captivating novel.

More soon,


Is There Anything Happening?

cgcrop3I originally began to write this update as to progress on our musical stage adaptation of Castle Gillian with a brief statement intimating that little progress has been made on this project for over a year but, without giving any informed reason as to why this is the case.

Then, I thought, this was a cop-out in terms of not providing an adequate explanation since we are aware that there is a growing level of interest in this work.

So, what is the cause of these incessant delays?

The issue is that we have, so far, failed to develop an adequate treatment of how the stage adaptation should be shaped to transfer a rich and complex narrative; as exists in the novel, to what invevitably has to be a leaner, less complex version for the stage.

In the case of musicals, one of the key questions that has to be answered at the outset is, “whose story is it that we are re-telling?”  We have gone back and forwards on this – over  and over again – trying to determine from which character perspective we will tell the story.

Straight forward you would think but, no, I’m afraid it isn’t. Continue Reading →

And We’re (Almost) Back

cgcrop11Well, hello.  I suppose you’ve been wondering whiy we’ve been absent for awhile?  2017 saw some significant changes in the forward planning and personnel attached to the Musical for myriad reasons.  Some of the creative team on this project are also working on The Stranger from Seville – a musical theatre adaptation of the novel, ‘The Mapmaker’s Opera’ by Spanish/Canadian author, Béa Gonzalez.  This project had to take some precedence in the latter half of 2017 to meet some forthcoming deadlines.

The musical stage adaptation of Castle Gillian, however, is very much alive and well.  In fact we will have some exciting news about our revised Creative Team in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned.

Opening Song to Act I

The first song to be released from the show is forthcoming – more details shortly. In the interim, please enjoy the above song (‘Hear Me God’) originally slated for the musical, but which has now been dropped in place of a new song.

STORYLINE: On the stone bridge separating the properties of Castle Gillian and Castle Evan, our two leads: Sylvia Gayne (of Castle Evan) and Gill Morris (of Castle Gillian) are arguing again. Intimate friends from birth, it is immediately clear to the audience that they are, as they have always been, deeply in love. But Gill, having recently returned from the War, is clearly not the same man. Sylvia is perplexed as to why her childhood sweetheart is a changed man, chiding him for his apathy to the problems that have beset Castle Gillian in his absence.