Soon (musical)

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Soon
Music Joseph M. Kookolis
Scott Fagan
Lyrics Scott Fagan
Book Martin Duberman
Robert Greenwald[1]
Productions 1971 Broadway
1971 Los Angeles

Soon is a rock opera with a music by Joseph M. Kookolis and Scott Fagan, lyrics by Fagan, and a book by Martin Duberman and Robert Greenwald. It is based on a story by Fagan and Kookolis.

The story is about a group of young musicians who achieve success in New York City, but pay the price. It was an attack on the record industry, which apparently caused Fagan and Kookolis to be blacklisted.[2]

Productions[edit]

The 1971 Broadway show opened on January 12 after 21 previews at the Ritz Theater, and closed after three performances on January 13.[3]

The show was musically directed by Louis St. Louis, set design Kert F. Lundell, costume design David Chapman, lighting design Jules Fisher, audio design Jack Shearing, vocal arrangements by Louis and Jacqueline Penn, orchestrations by Howard Wyeth and Jon Huston, additional staging by Gerald Freedman, and choreography by Fred Benjamin. The band included Louis on piano, Richard Apuzzo on guitar and electric guitar, Adam Ippolito on organ and tuba, John Trivers fender bass and guitar, and Tim Case on drums.[4]

The original cast featured Peter Allen (Henry), Dennis Belline (Wilson Wilson), Barry Bostwick (Kelly), Pendleton Brown (Psychedelic Necktie), Angus Cairns (Record Company Executive), Joseph Campbell Butler (Neil), Nell Carter (Sharon), Paul Eichel (Record Company Executive), Leata Galloway (Faith), Richard Gere (Michael), Marta Heflin (Annie), Del Hinkley (Record Company Executive), Michael Jason (Henry's Friend), Tony Middleton (Songwriter), John C. Nelson (Henry's Friend), Pamela Pentony (Rita), Marion Ramsey (Hope), Vicki Sue Robinson (Charity), Larry Spinelli (Record Company Executive), and Singer Williams (Henry's Friend).[5]

Reception[edit]

Martin Brookspan said "The tide of Rock musicals reaches it's high water mark in Soon… an inventive, imaginative, brilliantly realized creation."[6] Emory Lewis said "Soon is a hallelujah blessing, glorious music easily the best score of the season… I loved every rocking minute."[7] John Schubeck said "Staggering shots of meaning. Dynamite in so many ways."[8]

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External links[edit]

Original Broadway poster