Journey to Allegro
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Journey to Allegro

Tomorrow night actor’s take the stage under lights for the first time, in what we refer to as Tech, all the pieces of Allegro will start to come together. As we enter this last week before audiences will start seeing our work, we wanted to share another behind the scenes perspective. Mark Falconer first came to APAC during The Human Comedy and since then has brought his talent and knowledge to every APAC musical as an assistant director.  Today he shares his long history with Allegro.

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Poster from 1947 Original Broadway Production

Poster from 1947 Original Broadway Production

I honestly don’t remember when I first became aware of Allegro. When I was in high school, the school library had a copy of Six Plays by Rodgers and Hammerstein, which included Allegro. I know read it, although I don’t know if I had heard of it before then.

What I do remember is being absolutely fascinated from the first page: a Greek chorus, describing the thoughts and feelings of a lone woman onstage. Even without knowing any of the music, it was thrilling to just read the script – it felt so experimental and modern. And the story was so pure and lovely and moving.

Unfortunately, the original cast recording only captured about 30 minutes of music, which is almost less than one third of the entire score. So I could never quite get a feeling for what this show must be like from listening to that album. I just had that script, that incredibly exciting script. From then on, Allegro stayed with me.

2008 Studio Recording

2008 Studio Recording

It wasn’t until 2008, when the gorgeous studio recording was released, that I could finally get a sense of what this show was, and it exceeded the conception I had of it in my head.

Getting to work at APAC with Tom, Christine, and Julianne once again is wonderful. But getting to work with some of my favorite people on this show, which has haunted me for fifteen years, it’s a dream come true. If I told 14 year-old Mark that eventually he’d live in New York City and be the Associate Director on a production of Allegro, he would never believe me. Going to rehearsal is a complete joy. I love watching Tom work with the actors to find the heart of the scenes, Christine’s dances take shape and form in front of my eyes, and Julianne molding Rodgers’ beautiful harmonies out of the chorus. When I’m working on this show, I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be and doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

Maybe that’s why this show won’t leave me – I see myself in Joseph Taylor, Jr. I hope each and every one of you who comes to this show sees yourself in him as well.

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