Saturday, December 14, 2013
RANKIN/BASS' RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER & FROSTY THE SNOWMAN to air on CBS again tonight at 7 pm Central time...
Friday, December 13, 2013
Writer-producer Jules Bass is pulling together a new stage project, optioning Rebecca Rischin’s book “For the End of Time: The Story of the Messiaen Quartet” for a musical adaptation.
In addition to clarinetist Rischin’s nonfiction title, Bass has also picked up the rights to a series of video shorts created by painter Zach Smithey for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, “Night Fantasies,” to be incorporated into the true story of composer Olivier Messiaen and his 1941 work “Quartet for the End of Time,” composed when he was imprisoned in a German POW camp.
Plotline of the musical, which will include original songs written by composer Art Labriola and lyricist and book writer Bass, also will delve into Messiaen’s marriage to violinist Clare Delbos and his affair with pianist Yvonne Loriod. Video elements, meanwhile, explore Messiaen’s synesthesia. Daniel Neiden is on board to direct.
According to Bass, the show’s original songs will be orchestrated for piano, clarinet, violin and cello, the same instruments for which “Quartet” is written. A live four-piece band will play the production’s original music, but Bass said that due to the challenges of playing the “Quartet” itself, he has also optioned a Danish quartet’s recording of Messiaen’s work.
Producer-scribe imagines “For the End of Time” starting out in an Off Broadway venue in a production capitalized at between $750,000 and $850,000. With a script and score currently ready to go, he aims to begin industry presentations of the material in New York by the end of the year. Bass' production of For The End Of Time is aiming for a 2014 presentation.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
When a simple trick goes wrong, 15 year-old Gilbert, amateur magician & illustrator of his father’s fairy tales, accidentally transforms a group of readers into characters from his books (and himself into the spitting image of the magician Merlin). Struggling to find a way to bring everyone-including himself-back to normal, he embarks upon a wild odyssey through the world of his own fairy tales.
Bass' new novel for middle-grade readers from Eltanin Publishing, The Mythomaniacs, takes place in Devon, in the south-west of England, and from there transports the reader into many worlds of fantasy including a quest that leads back to Arthurian times.
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Christmas arrived a bit early with this cool canvas print that my friend Greg Pair made from my original ELECTRIC DRAWING SET box art. Check his blog out at www.retroartblog.com
If you would like to set up a radio interview with me, click on my picture on the homepage of www.miserbros.com
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
c. 1970 RANKIN/BASS PRODUCTIONS/RICK GOLDSCHMIDT ARCHIVES
My fiancé Denise and I caught the ending of RANKIN/BASS' SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN tonight on ABC FAMILY. They were showing commercials for DEXTER during the broadcast and in the corner of the screen, they were advertising a show called 'BABY DADDY.' What is wrong with this network??!! Now that is the spirit of Christmas!!
http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/station/92-3-the-fan/ Cleveland, Ohio interview at 8:40am Central time