Monday, May 29, 2017

"Act, Sing, Laugh!" - composing for a new era

The ‘Magdalene’ musical – composing for a new era

The process of composing and scoring the music for the upcoming original musical, ‘Magdalene: A WANTON SAINT’ is one that I believe will forever remain in my heart.  This journey of composing 6 of the 12 songs in the musical, guided by the musical’s writer, dear friend and world-renowned artist, playwright and director John Lee Joo For, was one which began in late 2016 and was accompanied by the scoring expertise and wonderful music of Keith Ng (my fellow musical director), who composed the other 6 songs in the musical.  Comprising songs which range from powerful and, at times, dramatic ballads, to lively and fast-paced numbers, which reflect the dynamic and varied nature of the theatre production as a whole, this musical is one in which I also look forward to performing in October 2017.

The two ladies sharing the lead role of Mary Magdalene, as well as the two sharing the role of Magdalene’s sister, Martha, have been particularly inspiring to practice alongside.  Rehearsal for this musical, which depicts the trials and triumphs of the great saint, Mary Magdalene, began in late March this year and concomitantly, playing the role of Jesus of Nazareth is one which for me, has and will require a great deal of reflection, humility and preparation.  Moreover, the very positive response of the cast to the music which has been composed and the rehearsal process as a whole (including gesture and choreography) has been especially uplifting and has further facilitated the embracing of a wonderful and fun work ethic by the cast and John Smith, the director of ‘Magdalene: A WANTON SAINT’.

- Antonio Rullez ©2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

"Act, Sing, Laugh" The Light & Love!

Here at "Love Those Classic Movies!!!" we are pleased to announce the multi-talented  singer,songwriter, dancer, actor, and more; Antonio Rullez is back in 2017! This Aussie star is part of our family for the second consecutive year as a writer for his own acclaimed column entitled: "Act, Sing, Laugh." We know you are as happy to hear this news and will see many terrific columns which will allow you to get to know Antonio better while he brings us behind the scenes and special interviews and many more exclusives.

It is time for all to sit down and get ready to ready Antonio's seventh column which relates to; Light & Love! Now here is the introduction written by Antonio along with two original poems, cheers!

This poetry duo was realized quite recently, both poems having been written at a quiet time late at night. The poems resonate an allegiance to and inspiration from the divine, arising from my theological interest and Christian faith. I hope that you can, in some way, connect with the themes and vibe of the poetry.

"The Light"
How this day passes
From one to the next,
Hopefully leading
To what we need best.
We believe this truth
Of time yet unseen.
The faith and the love,
His light will still beam.

(c)Antonio Rullez 2016

"His Love"
His love that rises feeds the soul,
Frees the spirit and the mind,
An enlightened journey no longer hidden,
No longer bound, not blind.
Oh the rush of thought and iniquity That had wildly ensued,
Is gently whittled away by humble prayer,
Good will and good news!

(c)Antonio Rullez 2017


Sunday, January 29, 2017

In Memoruim: Mary Tyler Moore (1936 - 2017)

"Love Those Classic Movies" is sad to say that we have lost another legendary leading lady; Mary Tyler Moore. Mary was 80 years young on January 25th, 2017 in Connecticut.

Mary Tyler Moore is loved by all from numerous projects she did from the large to small screen. Noteworthy, roles are from the 1960s sitcom; The Dick Van Dyke Show and then being a working single woman in a male dominated industry of television news in her self titled ground breaking show; The Mary Tyler Moor Show.

We can not forget that there were many other outstanding roles Mary Tyler Moore films and TV roles such as; Thoroughly Modern Millie, Don't Just Stand There, Change of Habit, Ordinary People, Six Weeks, Just Between Friends, Lincoln (TV), Flirting With Disaster and many more. 

 One thing is for sure that through her decades of work Mary Tyler Moore will always leave us with a smile.