Produced by the Lyric Stage in Dallas, voted Best New Musical 2010
by the Dallas/Ft. Worth Critics, followed by the Off-Broadway premiere at the York Theatre in February, 2011.
The Original NYC Cast CD is produced by Jay Records (jayrecords.com, amazon.com)
Next stop: The International Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival, August 1 - 26, 2013.
Licensed by Josef-Weinberger.Co.UK.
What happens when two American musical theatre writers
are commissioned by the Emir of Qatar to create the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East? Five years ago,
Stephen Cole & David Krane each received an email that read: "We want you write musical. How much?" Thus began
a truly unbelievable journey that introduced the two 'short Jews' to an alien world of camels, 'safari' rides in the desert,
and Middle Eastern theatrical producers. During the course of this madcap adventure, Stephen & David starred in their
own personal Bob Hope-Bing Crosby 'road picture' that took them to Dubai, London, Bratislava, and ultimately to Qatar, where
they presented an epic original musical for the Emir and 1000 of his closest friends. When they returned, they had no other
choice but to write their story in the only way they knew how: AS A MUSICAL!! The names have been changed to protect the innocent...but
the story is TOTALLY TRUE!!!
PRE-EMINENT CRITIC, PETER FILICHIA reviews the CD:
Truman Capote invented the “non-fiction novel” with In
Cold Blood. Stephen Cole and David Krane could be said to have invented the “non-fiction fictional musical”
in The Road to Qatar, whose original cast album has just been released. For while Stephen and David were actually
commissioned to write a new musical for the Emir of Qatar, Michael and Jeffrey are the ones doing it in this 2011 musical.
such a musical theater authority that it’s worth joining Facebook to see his many perceptive comments about Forgotten
Musicals. Here he gets in good puns about Babes in Oil-land and Dubai Bye Birdie. But there’s conflict
in the show, because Michael and Jeffrey are, after all, New York Jews in a land that sees red instead of rolling out the
red carpet for members of the tribe. Still, in this other desert city “if you play the palace, you really do”
and “if they say you’re hot, you can bet it’s true.”
Matters did get hot for the writers,
because they had to glean what the Arabs liked, and how they liked it, and had to give it to them just that way. Each struggles
with “all the ‘Must Be’s’ buzzing around my head” and the realization that “they don’t
want it great; they just want it soon.” However, mention “a la mode,” and the line gets cut, because “a
la” is, after all, a homonym for “Allah.”
It’s a rare composer
who can provide sharp and hummable melodies to a rash of comedy songs, but Krane does just that, down to musicalizing an
Arabian movie star who plays Gypsy on his iPod. Finally the CD has a lovely song that was cut – in which
Michael and Jeffrey meet and find that they have so much in common, it’s a phenomenon. Any musical theater enthusiast
will relate to this one.
Listen To The Opening Number~!
Listen to the Title Song!
|Book & Lyrics: STEPHEN COLE, Music: DAVID KRANE
Listen to "GOOD THINGS COME IN 3s'!