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THE SANDMAN musical (Oberacker/Taylor)

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THE SANDMAN musical (Oberacker/Taylor)#1
Posted: 12/1/17 at 5:34pm

I think this show by the creators of BANDSTAND (Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor) has been around for a few years; a recent reading might indicate that they're angling for a more major US production. Just wondering if anybody has seen an incarnation of this show and/or has any opinions on it? It's based on some of E.T.A. Hoffmann's stories.

A demo cast recording with Mary Testa and Patrick Page can be downloaded: http://thesandmanmusical.com/.

A trailer from a past Danish production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TaAWP784LY

A 2013 interview with the creators: https://namt.org/2013/09/festival-countdown-get-to-know-the-sandman/

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Posted: 12/2/17 at 8:07pm

I went to the October reading in NYC  and thought the score was quite ambitious and wonderful. Its storytelling is somehow evocative of Elfman's Nightmare Before Christmas (If far darker). Goes without saying that it's nothing like Bandstand. But a haunting piece.  Oberacker's work is especially vivid, and Julia Murney played the lead at the reading and took the roof off.  

With elements of Frankenstein and even, oddly (wild thought, iconic film, not show), Metropolis, the fantastical finally becomes real by the poignant end. One song, Still Here Inside, (listen to the demo) is maybe the underlying metaphor of the whole show, summing up the ways you capture the ineffable.  About death, grief, the terror of raising -- and being -- a child. 

That said, no real idea of its commercial prospects. It's that dark. 

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Updated On: 12/2/17 at 08:07 PM
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Posted: 12/4/17 at 2:59am

Hmm, colour me intrigued. Thank you for the insights. It does indeed sound very dark; in the 2013 interview the creators cite the show's borderline-unsuitability for children as a strength, but I imagine that potential producers wouldn't see it that way. I guess the show's prospects might slightly increase if Disney's Nutcracker film next year provides a big signal boost to all things Hoffmann, but that's drawing a long bow. We'll see.

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THE SANDMAN musical (Oberacker/Taylor)#4
Posted: 3/25/20 at 3:38am

A passing line in this recent article (mostly about 'Bandstand' ) mentions: "Another musical of theirs, 'The Sandman', will soon get a full production in Las Vegas this fall." Obviously the probability of that actually happening is uncertain in the current situation; but it's interesting to know that this might be in the works at some stage.

https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/03/12/musical-bandstand-comes-to-proctors

 

(Edit: off-topic, but it's sad to see that the Fredericia Theater in Denmark, whose past production trailer I linked above, has recently declared bankruptcy. Sounds as though it was a combination of coronavirus difficulties and other issues: https://www.kxan36news.com/fredericia-theatre-is-declared-bankrupt. I've never been there, but have heard about them for having done interesting-sounding things in the past: this show, LIZZIE and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT.)

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THE SANDMAN musical (Oberacker/Taylor)#5
Posted: 3/25/20 at 4:55pm
I read the thread title and thought is was a show based on Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series. THE SANDMAN musical (Oberacker/Taylor)
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Posted: 3/25/20 at 5:43pm
Where in Vegas?