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Brian McAvera: libretto
Music: Tony Rees
An original "Rock & Roll Musical" with a libretto by
award winning playwright Brian McAvera.
Dylan - let's call him Stylan - is making a film of his life. He has a director, a cameraman and cast. At the same time he is on tour. At each stop of the tour, and en route, he shoots scenes for the movie.He has hired Tennesee Williams to write the script and Orson Welles to direct.He considers the movie a self portrait which will be his Magum Opus - a kind of rock-opera movie in which songs are stitched together by a kind of chorus who comment on the action as in Greek Tragedy (Except he doesn’t have a fuckin’ clue what Greek Tragedy is!)
- Maybe I
- The First Time
- Promises are always broken
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The band can be done as a four piece unit, guitar, piano/organ, bass & percussion, augmented by backing tracks. Visually, they are on stage, as they are a part of Stylan’s touring entourage & so they interact with the rest of the cast. They can be augmented if finances allow. Ideally, out of the cast of six named characters, a number of the performers, in particular Stylan, Cisco White & Jean Cardoza, should be able to play a musical instrument – ideally mouth-organ, guitar, oboe or flute.
The chorus, which consists of any character not speaking or playing an instrument, and which can be augmented if finances allow, is conceived of as being like a shape-shifting creature. It will be choreographed with a flexible, often humorous, ‘rolling choreography’ which will constantly generate stage images. So for example, at one particular point, Stylan will be swallowed by the Chorus creature, but will then, victoriously, be spat out, like a pip. This chorus, and indeed many of the characters, will often address the audience directly, as if taking them into their confidence.
If possible, as with a rock concert, there should be an enormous screen at the back of the stage, onto which is projected, in real time, what is happening on the stage.