Will Vinton's 'The Kiss'
Guest Host S.W. Conser features Oscar-winning filmmaker and the creator of Claymation, Will Vinton who’s teamed up with platinum-selling composer and musician David Pomeranz. They’re about to launch The Kiss at Lakewood Theatre with plans to take it to a Broadway stage. We'll hear music from the production and find out how they’ve collaborated on this imaginative adaptation of The Frog Prince. We’ll also catch up with Vinton the ground-breaking animator to talk about his new projects at his studio, Freewill Entertainment.
THE KISS is the twisted tale of a modern romance between a headstrong Princess named Emberlise and the brash Prince Arrolan next door, whom “Ember” detests. And that feeling is mutual! When Prince Arrolan sets off to slay a pesky dragon, he is zapped into a frog and given the usual antidote – requiring the kiss of a Princess. The trouble is, Princess Emberlise would never agree to kiss Prince Arrolan in any form. Since Ember is the only princess for thousands of miles, “Arro” must find a way to seduce a princess he despises – and do it in the body of a frog! The story is complicated by Gladys, a quirky witch who along with her partner in crime Raoul the rat, has designs on Ember’s castle. The deliciously evil duo brew a plan to steal the castle by turning Raoul into a princely dragon slayer, who will lay claim to the Princess’s hand in marriage and wreak havoc on all the castle’s inhabitants.
THE KISS, a new musical. Book & Lyrics by Will Vinton and David Pomeranz, March 24 & 25, 7:30PM at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego
TICKETS $30 General Admission For tickets: http://bit.ly/1cDy5j3
MORE INFO: http://thekissmusical.com/
More about the artists:
Will Vinton is a pioneer of 3D animation, creator of Claymation and founder of world-renowned Will Vinton Studios, Will has also written, directed, and/or produced some of pop culture's best known comic characters including the singing and dancing phenomenon The California Raisins, dinosaur critics Herb and Rex, Thurgood Stubbs from The PJs TV series, and the ever popular M&Ms “Red" and "Yellow.” Each of Will’s projects has been an exploration of musical comedy in animation - and nearly every one has garnered prestigious awards, several hundred in total. He received an Oscar for his film Closed Mondays, four Academy Award Nominations and eight Prime-time Emmys and for Outstanding Animated Programs. Will has numerous Clios for advertising and many prestigious international awards including the Cannes Golden Lion. http://www.vintonentertainment.com/
DAVID POMERANZ – LYRICS
David is one of the most successful and prolific songwriters and recording artists today. His songs and solo albums have sold over 40 million copies, earning him a total of 18 Gold and 22 Platinum records worldwide. His songs and scores have been featured in many hit shows in New York and London, including A Tale of Two Cities, Time, Little Tramp, Under The Bridge and the Tony-nominated Scandalous. His songs have been performed and recorded by artists like Bette Midler, Freddie Mercury, Rapper Missy Elliott, Clay Aiken, Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi), Lea Salonga, Mel Brooks, and Barry Manilow (whose versions of David’s Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again, and The Old Songs were both mega-hits). His recent multi-platinum-selling album Born For You has reached 10 ten times Platinum status. A composer of songs for movies (Big, King Kong) and television (he’s an Emmy Award nominee) he continues to record albums and tour the globe performing live concerts for millions of enthusiastic fans. www.davidpomeranz.com
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