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The Neon Lights are Bright…

Tonight is the night that the musical, Ghost premieres on New York’s Broadway.  Playbill has all the details of cast and crew. You might be familiar with the story, “Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.” The previews are buzzing with great reviews and fans will be thrilled to know that Dave Stewart composed the music and Alex North and Hy Zaret’s classic love song, “Unchained Melody” figures prominently in the stage version. We’re headed to New York to celebrate and represent the North clan.

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Business Week on Alex North’s Music for “Death of a Salesman”

Beautiful and insightful review of “Death of a Salesman” from Bloomberg/ Business Week’s, Jeremy Gerard. 

It’s uncommonly rare to watch a revival and suddenly attune yourself to the sound of weeping around you, the shaking of your hand as you take notes and, most important, to recognize that what you’re feeling must be very much like what audiences must have felt at the opening of a great new drama.

But that’s what I felt at the critics’ preview of Mike Nichols’s magnificent revival of Arthur Miller’s 1949 epilogue for the American Dream, “Death of a Salesman.”

Bucking the revisionist trend, Nichols uses Jo Mielziner’s original, skeletal set and Alex North’s hauntingly beautiful, quietly sinuous underscoring to set the tone for this most respectful production.

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Meet John O’Kennedy, Composer, Producer and Musician

John O’Kennedy is a composer, record producer and multi-instrumental session musician.  John has hundreds of film music credits in his association with Walt Disney Productions, Warner Brothers, Universal, Roger Corman, Hughes Aerospace, IBM, TDK Media, and the USA Network.  His most recent CD productions are The Voodoo Fixs Not For Nothing and Cameron Daddo’s Ten Songs and Change. Given his 30 years of experience with LA-area singer-songwriters and bands, he is known for his collaborative music direction, tasteful session work and intuitive accompaniment.

On producing both the Mariachi and Celtic versions of “Unchained Melody” for Variations: Dylanna Music Presents Unchained Melody, John said, “How cool is it to be asked to do what I do best: producing two different versions of such a timeless classic?”

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