Each artist has one project that he or she works on long term while other projects come and go. Mine has been a new version of The Count of Monte Cristo.
I've always thought it would make a great stage musical ever since I saw the 1970's TV-movie version of it with Richard Chamberlain, and later researched the 1100-page novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Chamberlain stars as Edmond Dantes, a handsome young sailor with a prosperous life before him but who, through his goodness and honesty, makes a few enemies.
On the eve of his wedding, Dantes is framed by his enemies who claim he is a Bonapartist spy. He is imprisoned by another conspirator and sent to die in the Chateau d'If. He manages to escape, find the treasure of Monte Cristo, become the mysterious Count, and exact revenge on those who sent him to prison.
While there have doubtless been hundreds of adaptations of this classic tale, none have been successful on a large scale. So there's obviously room for one more adaptation.
And who knows ... ?
Of course, I'll have to finish it first to find out.
Pledge of the Heart Vocals by Barbara Reynolds & Tim Reynolds Through My Eyes Vocal by Tim Reynolds Mine Vocals by Robert Bergman, Will Perez and Jay Steele Just Me Vocals by Will Perez & Lisa Burich Gone Vocal by Barbara Reynolds My Heart Sees You Vocal by Mary Melnick What Have I Done? Part I
Vocals by Robert Bergman, Will Perez and Jay Steele
Wait and Hope Vocal by Molly Thornton What Have I Done? Part II Vocal by Tim Reynolds Love Never Returns Vocal by Barbara Reynolds