Original works

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Harold and the Purple Crayon | Gemini the Musical | Leading Lady
A Tiny Miracle | Sylvester and the Magic Pebble | Watch The Birdie | Assassins

The creation of original works for the musical stage has been my passion and my profession for more than thirty years. The titles above will link you to pages with further information about selected titles from my past and current work.

Jersey Girl

In the summer and fall of 2002, I worked as Musical Theater Coordinator on Kevin Smith’s film “Jersey Girl,” which was shot in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Part of the story depicts a widower father who takes his young daughter to see the musical “Sweeney Todd,” after which the daughter decides to perform a song from that musical in her school talent show. I provided musical arrangements, musical staging, oversaw the recording of the music and vocal tracks, and appeared in the film as Sweeney Todd. This video documents a few moments from that remarkable experience. (The voices at the beginning are Kevin Smith and producer Scott Mosier from the commentary track on the DVD.)

Below are some images of productions I’ve directed in the past few years:

A Lyrical Opera Made By Two

Gertrude Stein’s cubist lesbian romance, scored by composer William Turner, was performed at the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theater in 2005 and then again in 2011 as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). The show site includes additional information, including a note from the composer about the piece.

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Anyone Can Whistle

This 2005 production at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia featured Chuck Wagner as Hapgood and Jane Summerhays as Mayor Cora Hoover Hooper. Directing Sondheim’s eccentric 1964 musical had been a dream of mine for years. I got to talk to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Doug Keating about the show in this advance article, and wrote an essay in my blog about my interpretation.

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Into The Woods

These images are from the second of two productions of Into The Woods that I directed at the University of the Arts. The first was back in 1993, in the earliest days of the school’s newly inaugurated musical theater program; these are from 2009, when the musical was remounted as part of the Brind School’s 25th Anniversary season.

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Crush

The Brind School produced a workshop of this new musical by playwright Yasmine Lever and composer Stew in January 2013 as part of its 2013 New Play Festival.

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Grand Hotel

In 2006 I directed the musical Grand Hotel for the Brind School in the Merriam Theater. Jarrod Lentz’s photography of Mark Mariani’s magnificent costumes remind me what a stunning production this was.

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One thought on “Original works

  1. William Squier

    Hi Charles,

    Congrats on your upcoming production of BACK 2 BACK 2 BACK. A very clever solution for presenting 3HREE without “Flight of the Lawnchair Man” — which I’m assuming was out because it’s now full length (and played a Goodspeed near to where I live.).

    Would you ever have an interest in looking a new piece for your students? One of my musicals — ROUTE 66 — recently finished up a production at the U. of Maine – Farmington, after having been “discovered” by their theater head at last summer’s Kansas City Festival of New Musicals (then known as the Crossroads Festival). Lot of featured roles seemed to make it a good fit with academia.

    If you’re curious, let me know and I’ll send you a cd.

    All the best,
    BIll Sq.

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