Since leaving for New York I was unable to attend each performance of “The House by the Lake”, as I did when I was in Israel. Yael Rasooly and Yaara Goldring, the show’s creators, have concocted an incredible show that is full of every imaginable theatrical device. The result is a touching and visually stunning show, that is surprising in every performance. That is why I was so happy to hear that the show will be seen outside of Israel too.
When Yael and I were working on the score, it was quite clear to us that the show should be seen internationally. And the show was written with this in mind. The show’s dialog mixes English, French, German Yiddish and Hebrew, and the songs’ lyrics are all in English.
A few weeks ago the whole production, with it’s massive sets, three actresses and crew traveled to perform in Paris. This was our European premier, and hopefully the first stop in many more in the continent. The show played at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale as part of “Scènes Ouve...
On June 11th, 2012 I presented my final project for year one of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. It was a short musical title “Red Magic” for which I wrote Book, Music and Lyrics. It is based on a play of the same name by the Belgian playwright Michel De Ghelderode.
The show tells of the miser, Hieronymus, who spends his days and his nights counting his money. He is in fact so miserly that he wouldn’t even waste his wife, Sybille’s virginity. It is a well known fact, that once it is used, it is no longer retrievable. But Sybile has other plans. She invites to their home the charismatic alchemist, Armador, who promises Hieronymus endless money, and even immortality, all Armador would need is to have some private time with Sybille.
The cast included the talented Caleb Damschroder, Lizzie Hagstedt and Robert Berliner. The exquisite Natalie Tenenbaum played my music to perfection.