Photo Coverage: 'Adrift in Macao' @ Barnes and Noble
Composer Peter Melnick and lyricist Christopher Durang joined the original cast of the hit off-Broadway musical ADRIFT IN MACAO at a free event at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle, 1972 Broadway at 66th Street, on Wednesday, May 14th at 6 PM. The cast, including Alan Campbell, Will Swenson, Rachel deBenedet, Orville Mendoza and Kaitlin Hopkins, performed songs from the musical and sign CDs.ADRIFT IN MACAO made its New York debut with Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters in 2007 in a limited Off-Broadway run. The Adrift in Macao cast album is produced by Peter Melnick and Grammy® and Oscar® winner Joel Moss and released by LML Music. The show earned two Drama Desk nominations including one for best music. Adrift in Macao, a madcap musical parody of glamorous films noirs, features the leading lady who can't really sing yet somehow always manages to book a gig, and the mysterious leading man who can't go home for murky reasons he won't explain. From the opium dens of China to seedy bars in New York, this hilarious romp from Durang and composer Melnick takes audiences through the post-WWII years with plenty of intrigue and wit, and a playfully melodic score. In describing the style of this musical parody, Christopher Durang stated, "Films noirs makes people think of evil femme fatales like Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity, and brings to mind violence and gangsters. Adrift in Macao doesn't focus on the crime aspects of films noirs, but more on the ambience - the smoky nightclubs, the alluring women, and the mysterious men with shady pasts."
Photos by Peter James Zielinski
The Cast of 'Adrift in Macao'
Peter Melnick helps with a little audience participation
The Band: Chuck Wilson, Joe Nero Jr., and Mark Schmeid
Producer Ina Meibach and Rachel de Benedet
The cast and crew of 'Adrift in Macao'