Mark Will: When I wrote “Let Me Do It,” marriage equality wasn’t even an issue in Taiwan, so, as was the case with “Three Little Jailbirds,” the image used in the promotional video is not directly related to the song.
Based on Peter Stephan Jungk’s novel, composer Philip Glass and librettist Rudolph Wurlitzer’s ironically named opera The Perfect American takes an often scathing look at animation icon Walt Disney (baritone Justin Ryan).
Mark Will: As a student of Dostoevsky, I’ve always been concerned with matters of crime and punishment, and I thought the stories I had heard about people incarcerated in Taiwan would make an interesting song.
Ed Rampell: Considering that the late Romantic period composer and pianist lived in the 19th century, Our Great Tchaikovsky is a surprisingly topical work with contemporary political overtones.
Ed Rampell: The large cast of 30-plus performers stunningly brought the South Africa-set anti-apartheid story vividly alive for a nearly sold out audience at UCLA’s capacious Royce Hall.