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Frankenspell Superstar

by Tobin Mueller

Epic yet intimate high energy off-broadway Rock Opera based on "Frankenstein" with modern twists and unexpected turns. Remastered to include 2 additional tracks from Mueller's subsequent Broadway version retitled "Creature".
Genre: Rock: Rock opera
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gypsies' Narration: Prologue
1:07 album only
2. High on a Hill
5:25 $0.99
3. Gypsies' Narration: What If You Could See Forever?
1:08 album only
4. Frankenspell Superstar
7:47 $0.99
5. Gypsies' Narration: Until It Was Too Late
1:18 album only
6. The New School of Life / Run Run Away
5:13 $0.99
7. Gypsies' Narration: Escaped
1:52 album only
8. I'm Gonna School Ya
5:38 $0.99
9. Gypsies' Narration: Learning
0:36 album only
10. What We Have Learned
4:01 $0.99
11. One Voice
5:30 $0.99
12. Dreams
2:18 $0.99
13. Gypsies' Narration: Was Not to Last
0:32 album only
14. Must Go Back
8:08 $0.99
15. Epilogue Scene: What Makes Us Human?
0:37 album only
16. When You Came
4:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Frankenspell Superstar" is a one-act rock opera that brings to life the fable of Dr. Frankenstein's Creature in a new and inspiring way. Focusing on the short life of the Creature, Frankenspell Superstar chronicles his struggles to understand the world, his escape into the countryside, and his encounters with fear and rejection. In the mountains, he finds a little girl who is not afraid of him. Unlike the movie, the Creature does not accidentally harm the girl, but learns from her what it means to be human.

Unlike Mary Shelley's original story, this Creature is not immortal nor indestructible. As an allegory closer to current culture, this Creature is only a temporary creation, an experiment Victor Frankenstein considers more of a beta test, never intending it to last. When the Creature flees into the mountains to freedom, he begins to decay. He must return to his cursed creator to ask to be healed.

Also unlike the original tale, Mueller's interpretation includes three different choruses. The story is told by Gypsies who speak in a whirlwind of thought and enchantment. Lab animals help add lightness and humor, freed by the Creature as he flees into the wilderness. Most interestingly there is a chorus of spirits "attached" to the separate body parts which make up the Creature.

Frankenspell Superstar was first performed in 1992 as a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and was wildly successful. The cast consisted of junior high and high school performers (see below) with a chorus of 40 elementary school children playing the part of lab animals and forest creatures. The one-hour score was subsequently rewritten for Off Broadway and presented as a 90-minute two-act, performed for an extended run at the Thirteenth Street Theatre, Manhattan.

The two-act musical drama was reworked 3 more times under the title "Creature", performed at the legendary John Houseman Theatre (which closed in 2005) and several other venues. Characters were expanded, some drastically altered, in order to transform the show from a Disney-like family musical into an edgier adult audiecne experience. Some of the newer songs appear on Best of the CenterStage Years and/or are available as Bonus Tracks on Tobin Mueller's website. Two of those songs are included in this reissued recording: "Dreams" and "One Voice".*

The CenterStage Players on this recording include: Hilde & Creature
Gypsies: Jessica Flood, Kathryn Purdy, Lisa Jarret, Holly Thomas, Lindsey Teetaert
Victor Frankenstein: Chris Vanderlinden
Elisabeth, Victor's Fiance: Holly Thomas
Frederick, Victor's Brother: Kris Larson
The Creature: Matt Knudsen, Broadway versions sung by Tobin Mueller*
Hilde, the Mountain Girl: Emily Rohm
Additional Voices: Philip Vanderlynden, Dan Jessup, Anton Mueller, Will Mueller
Originally recorded at Bonzai Recording Studio, Jeff Maroscek engineer
Mastered at the Factory Underground Studio, Tom Stewart engineer
Based on "Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus" by Mary Shelley

All music and lyrics written and arranged by Tobin Mueller, with the exception of themes from "Man on the Hill" and "Meet Dr. Johnson from the New School of Life" written by Tim Mueller. All background music performed by Tobin Mueller.

See Tobin Mueller's Official Website for lyrics, bonus tracks, more information...



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