POE (Eric Woolfson Musical) CD (Member of Alan Parsons Project)
Composer: Eric Woolfson
Lyricist: Eric Woolfson
There have been a number of jukebox musical productions in recent years featuring the music of ABBA, Billy Joel, and The Beatles to name only a few. Although the familiarity of the music often makes these productions quite enjoyable, the biggest problem with these jukebox musicals is that their stories tend to be rather superficial. The book for Mama Mia, in particular, was contrived as little more than a clothesline on which to hang a number of very popular ABBA songs. Unless a musical tells a good story and tells it well, it does not move musical theater forward.
Enter Eric Woolfson's POE to centerstage with no less than the vocal virtuoso Steve Balsamo in the leading role and veteran stage actor David Burton as Poe's nemesis Rufus Griswold. Not only is the music itself exceptional but so is the story it tells of the trails and tribulations of Edgar Allan Poe thoughout his tragic life. Tracing the parallels of Poe's life with his poetry and prose, Woolfson tells a story that not only entralls but rings with truth. This live audio recording of the world premiere performance in Studio 2 of Abbey Road from November of 2003 has several songs not included on the studio release of Poe: More Tales of Mystery & Imagination. Taken together, they impart an understanding of the life of the man who inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, a plethora of French gothic and romantic writers, and, even, the very birth of modern day science fiction. If you truly love musical theater, particularly musical theater that moves the artform forward, then you need to listen to this music, watch the dvd of this performance that Woolfson is releasing in September of 2009, and share this masterpiece with anyone who loves musical theater as much as you do!