Her musical aptitude is roughly that of a dish cloth.
- Alvaro (Icon)
1928. The world is enthralled by Constance Nielsen, an American debutante who marries into one of Europe’s ancient Royal Families, and in doing so single-handedly puts the tiny Alpine principality of Centoluci on the map. Soon though she realises that her marriage is a loveless arrangement of state convenience, and as an impassioned affair with her music teacher threatens to spark uproar, news of her tragic death turns her from living legend into timeless icon. 44 years later, a young man in search for his grandfather's past finds more than he's bargained for…
Book: Sebastian Michael
Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Kaldor
Based on an original story by Jonathan Kaldor and Sebastian Michael
Rehearsed Reading at Her Majesty's Theatre 2007; Dir: Michael Alvarez
World Premiere at The Landor Theatre 23rd September 2008; Dir: Robert McWhir
American Premiere at New York Musical Festival 2016; Dir: Michael Alvarez
"Enchanting book...exquisite numbers. Memorable music, witty dialogue and a hugely engaging story. Alvaro's Balcony is quite simply excellent."
- Musical Stages Magazine
Developed with Kol Simcha and originally intended for the Stadttheater Basel, MONSTERSOUND is in essence a spoof-on-a-spoof show re-borrowing the Frankenstein/Rocky Horror themes and looking at them in the light of gene manipulation and advanced robotics. Even though the show was enthusiastically received by a whole range of dramaturgs and artistic directors, it never quite made it to production and fascinatingly many of the ideas that at the time of its conception seemed fairly outlandish have since become almost worryingly realistic.
Shortlisted for the Musical of the Year Competition 1994 in Copenhagen
Book & Lyrics: Sebastian Michael
Music: David Klein, Olivier Truan and Nicky Reiss
Banner image: Norman Bowman and Helen Anker as Alvaro and Constance in the Landor Theatre production of Alvaro's Balcony, 2008.