#28DaysofLestat- Lestat Musical Week Part 2- Gabrielle’s “Crimson Kiss,” and More News about Prince Lestat Release Day Events in NYC

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…


Day 15 (of 28 Total Days) Post:

Lestat Musical Week

The conjoining of such two dissimilar things, like vampires and musical, seems to make people respond pretty vehemently, in opposition, when they hear of the reality of the legacy of the Lestat musical. Regardless of your opinion of it (and your opinion always has merit, when responding to something subject to perceptual differences like a musical), the Lestat Musical does have immortality, as many clips can be found on Youtube. I wish that the soundtrack were released some day, as a memento of a musical that I felt was misunderstood. Maybe in a culture where vampires have been allowed a bit more artistic liberality in terms of how they are constructed on screen and on the pages of recent contemporary fiction works, people may be more accepting of a revival of this musical.

At the time of the musical’s release, Anne Rice really loved it, as evidenced by her review published around the time it went live on-stage:“It’s a long road from Epidaurus to the Palace Theater. New dramatic forms have dazzled us and will continue to do so.  But only the stage can make the magic I saw in LESTAT.  Only living human beings coming together for a certain uninterrupted span of time in which they act, and sing, and pour their hearts out, can achieve this wondrous feat.”
**To help showcase some of the more memorable tracks of the ill-fated Lestat musical, I will be showcasing roughly-edited/filmed clips, stored on Youtube, to give all Lestat fans a special opportunity to reflect upon  the Lestat musical.

For today’s special Lestat Musical Clip, I have a clip of Carolee Carmello, singing the powerful, emotional ballad Crimson Kiss, which I think perfectly encapsulates Gabrielle’s adventurous spirit, and even a touch of her social isolation from the vampire and human worlds, seeking refuge in the wild solitude of nature.

Even though, many wish to downplay the short-lived legacy of the Lestat musical, this Artisan News Service clip has a short interview with Carolee Carmello, who was given a Tony nomination for the musical. In my opinion, a nomination was well-deserved, given that she perfectly portrayed the complex character of Gabrielle on stage. I love Crimson Kiss, because it takes such an emotional scene from The Vampire Lestat, and perfectly renders/ reconstructs in an emotionally-overwhelming ballad.

 

**Also, below is a Youtube interview with both Anne and Bernie Taupin,one of the writers, behind this short-lived, though memorable musical (at least to my eyes). This should help better contextualize the talents behind this, and how supportive Anne Rice was of this musical (Tomorrow, I will post a link to a longer, more in-depth article, from her website that perfectly describes her praise for the musical).

**Did you have a chance to attend the musical, during the short time that it ran on Broadway? Now be completely honest, did it live up to your expectations? Was it a technically good musical? Do you have any memories of seeing or attending it? Email me anything related to the musical, for being potentially considered to be posted here on my blog (as part of #28DaysofLestat) at narniafanatic@gmail.com

***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!

SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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I will be attending Anne Rice’s signing at 192 Books on October 28, 2014, and I am planning to get a copy signed and personalized for the winner on that date!! This is a special laminated (serving to protect the book) first-edition hardcover that is in very good condition. This contest helps further promote my self-publishing publicity and editorial services, for the many indie writers out there, and I really thank you, in advance for entering this contest, as these contests do go a long way with helping promote this service, so aptly named: A Bibliophile’s Workshop

Another hypothetical prize- Video Greeting, from Anne Rice herself!(still not definite, as of yet) is to record a special message at the signing, from Anne Rice, to the winner. I’m pretty certain she’d be really excited to do this, so it is a good chance that it may happen. But given time constraints at signings, this may not happen…Stay tuned for more details on this development.

Contest Rules:
     Winners are chosen randomly, by the Rafflecopter APP, and the contest is to everyone, with a few restrictions. For those living outside either US or Canada, you can enter, as long as you understood you are required to pay the postage, as I cannot afford to pay any international shipping costs. I’d love to, but I cannot feasibly offer this, in my current financial situation!

I apologize to those in the same boat, as well, who would not be able to afford the shipping costs. I am always remiss to post that following message, barring you from entering. It generally sucks, as so many of you are equally as passionate (or even more passionate) about Anne Rice’s  than anyone.

**Comic Shared by Coven Member, Jo Vee**
Read, and be entertained by this very amusing comic, which will serve as the Hyperlink image, that will allow you to be redirected to a Rafflecopter App. that will allow you to enter this contest!!

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***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

**For those who reside in the vicinity of New York, NY, Anne Rice will be at 192 Bookstore in New York, NY on October 28th, 2014 (coinciding with the official release of Prince Lestat)  I’ll be attending the New York event, and there are some exciting events, planned ahead of the signing at 7pm. Eastern at 192 Bookstore, which hypothetically, may include a special dinner and “Coven of the Articulate” Dinner at a New Orleans-style restaurant or coffee shop

Here are the event details, and you can RSVP for this event by heading over to the appropriate “Prince Lestat Invades NYC” Event Page on Facebook (or click on the St. John Divine church picture below to be taken there!!)

Event Details- October 28th, 2014; 2pm. Live Reading at St. John the Divine Church; and 4:30pm. “Coven of the Articulate Dinner” at a New Orleans style restaurant (soon-to-be- announced)!

The date is finalized, but the time is still not, as of yet, finalized, and the exact events are not yet clear either. So, this space is merely used to gauge interest in this event.

It will most likely be comprised of a live-reading of “Memnoch the Devil,” by either Anne Rice herself (low probability), as she is very busy preparing for her signing. It will most likely be myself reading it, or someone else entirely. I would prefer someone else reading it, who has the right type of reading voice.

The event will start at 2pm., giving people enough time to leave around 3pm. to head over to 192 Bookstore in New York City. For those who don’t mind where they are in line for the event, there will be a special dinner at 4:30pm. at a New Orleans style restaurant in the Manhattan area.

If you have any recommendations, as to the best place for such food, please leave your recommendations here! I need a final count of people that would be able to attend the Prince Lestat Cajun Dinner, by next week on Wednesday, and I will call the chosen restaurant to make the proper reservations then.

If anyone has good filming device of some kind (an iphone), you may be in charge of filming the St. John the Divine event, if we are given permission to do that! I have a low-tech camera, which I really don’t want to use, as the quality itself is terrible.

**Those of you, who do not live in the New York area still have a chance to meet Anne Rice, and get your treasured/beloved copies of Prince Lestat signed.

Several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour.  I will try finding more, and posting them below, with hyperlinked text for your convenience!! If you need help finding a signing near you, leave a comment below, or email me at narniafanatic@gmail.com.

For your convenience, all events that are not free events (a vast majority, unfortunately, are events that have charges attached/require tickets) happen to have asterisks (*) next to them:

If you manage to find any more events, please leave the link and other pertinent details in the comment area below! Thanks.

*October 28, 2014- Anne Rice& Victoria Wilson Book Signing- New York , NY 
*November 2, 2014- Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Book Signing New Orleans,LA
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November 5, 2014- Anne Rice, In Conversation with Christopher Rice- Hartford, CT (for some reason, this event is a bit exorbitantly priced)
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November 6, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Philadelphia, PA
*November 8, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Chicago, Il
*November 19, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Christopher Rice- Los Angeles, CA   
(Click the hyper-linked text, to be referred to site to buy tickets!)

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