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Moonshadow

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Kasie
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Moonshadow#1
Posted: 3/8/08 at 5:58am
Someone told me about a new Cat Stevens musical called "Moonshadow"...anyone else heard anything about it?

Nothing on the internet.
samcd3
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Moonshadow#2
Posted: 7/7/12 at 9:16pm
Playing in Melbourne, Australia as we speak.

I would best describe it as a mish mash of Pippin, Into The Woods, We Will Rock You, Sweet Charity et al.

It has a very weak book, but great performances by the Cast and obviously great music, with some very creative costuming and design. It is a shame they dont have something stronger to work with.

Cast Includes: Sally Bourne (Australias Original Annie) Gemma Ashley Kapplan (The Hatpin) Marnie McQueen (Hairspray Priscilla)

Needs re-wites badly, too many things going on and the audience doen't know if it is funny or not (because any jokes in it are so lame)

Cat Stevens himself was very involved in this and I heard rumblings that he hindered the development process. Shame

It has announced it is closing early, who knows what the future holds for it?
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Moonshadow#2
Posted: 7/7/12 at 9:20pm
It joins DR ZHIVAGO and AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN in an ever-growing list of failed new musical try-outs in Australia. I didn't see Moonshadow, but I did see the other two. And IMO despite what the author of GENTLEMAN would try and awkwardly convince you (see: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/response-to-review-of-an-officer-and-a-gentleman-the-musical/story-e6frg8n6-1226362419570), or articles that claim 'times are hard' for Australian musicals at the moment, the main issue here is that these musicals are of poor quality. Hopefully the producers that mount these shows here can learn from their mistakes.

"Itís the fractured quality in [Bernadette Peters'] singing voice and line readings that puts across the character as someone for whom resentment is sliding into madness." - NYtimes on Follies (2011).
Updated On: 7/7/12 at 09:20 PM
somethininthestars
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Moonshadow#3
Posted: 7/8/12 at 4:13am
There is a fair amount to be seen on YouTube, and an official MOONSHADOW the Musical channel, which the promo below is from.

Gemma-Ashley Kaplan is breathtakingly good in everything i've seen her do.
MOONSHADOW promo: Gemma-Ashley singing
JeanGudio
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Moonshadow#4
Posted: 7/8/12 at 5:56am
I have no idea why producers are not trying to produce something original like book of mormon. but no we as a australian's see some terrible musicals supporting an awfully government supported industry.
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Moonshadow#5
Posted: 7/8/12 at 10:25am
Some very odd creative decisions, and a really terrible book. Kind of reminds me of Wonderland.
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Moonshadow#6
Posted: 7/8/12 at 1:14pm
If it were like Book of Mormon -- it wouldn't be very original. It would be like something else.

Also: producers aren't the creative force (initially and under most circumstances). The writers (book, lyrics, music) usually create and then look for producers.
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