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The Princess Musical - Reading - October 10, 2011

Princess_cover_art2_resized_cropped WHAT A NIGHT!
The reading of the first act of The Princess Musical was, by all accounts, a rousing success. The cast did a truly remarkable job under the leadership of musical director, Seth Weinstein. The positive audience response was almost overwhelming. The very valuable feedback, both positive and "constructive" will take time to digest. Thanks to all involved especially to producer, Kurt Bardele, for his brilliant work behind the scenes.


The Princess Musical - Reading - September 29, 2011

Princess_cover_art2_resized_cropped REHEARSALS ARE GOING VERY, VERY WELL!.
(Knock wood!) What a talented and well-prepared cast! It's very exciting to hear them and to hear this work coming to life.



The Princess Musical - Reading - September 23, 2011

Princess_cover_art2_resized_cropped REHEARSALS START SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24.
I'm really looking forward to hearing the music sung tomorrow morning.




The Princess Musical - Reading - September 9, 2011

princessinbox.jpg THE SHOW HAS BEEN CAST! We were very impressed with the talent and preparedness of the actors who auditioned and we had some tough choices to make! Very happy to say that all who were offered parts accepted. Looking forward to working with this very talented group.



The Princess Musical - Reading - September 2, 2011

princessinbox.jpg I MADE THE DEADLINE! Finished Act One of The Princess Musical two days ahead of schedule!

Second round of auditions is underway. Picked audition candidates and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing them on Tuesday. New York City has such an abundance of talented people!


The Princess Musical - Reading - August 21, 2011

princessinbox.jpg Hey, hey! My long-time musical director, Seth Weinstein, and co-producer, Kurt Bardele, and I are planning a sit-down reading of Act One of The Princess Musical for early October. Had a very successful first-round of auditions in July. Very exciting to hear snippets of the music sung by real live singers!  Second round of auditions planned for early September. Meanwhile, I've been busy finishing Act One for an August 30 deadline after which the script will be frozen for the 2-week rehearsal period in late September. Looking forward to hearing it spoken and sung after so many years in the making.

The Princess Musical - August 18, 2010

princessinbox.jpg I am very excited and pleased to be at work once again writing and composing The Princess Musical based on stories I have written about growing up on NY's Lower East Side in the early 60's.

Work began, suddenly, about 6 weeks ago.  I am so grateful to the members of the Creative Expression Class for their weekly cold readings of the book and for their invaluable feedback on the writing and the songs.

The Oak Room Salon at the Algonquin Hotel - July 23, 2009

I've been really enjoying attending and performing at the new summer series of the Thursday night Oak Room Salon at the Algonquin Hotel. Just got back from the second week produced by Peter Napolitano, Hosted by Mark Janas, co-produced by Tanya Moberly with Roy Sander as artistic consultant.

Last week, special guest, Julie Wilson, made special mention of the original song I performed "Born To Be His (The Older Man)". She said to my partner, Thad, "What a wonderful song your partner has written about you!"

This week, I performed another of my songs, "Dreaming Inside Your Hand", and got requests for copies of the music which I was happily able to fulfill on the spot!

Metropolitan Room Debut! - February 15, 2009

PAUL BODDEN : FOOL FOR LOVE
THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
February 15, 21 & 28, 2009

This show went very well by all accounts!

See Jan Wallman’s Review @ Cabaret Exchange
Enthusiastic crowds turned out for all three dates. Opening night was particularly gratifying as Jazz-singer Barbara Lea, to whom I was paying special tribute, was able to attend.

There was praise for Seth Weinstein’s playing and arrangements, Peter Napolitano’s direction, and Michael Barbieri’s work on lights and sound.
After the last show, Steve Ross said that I had been “giving lessons in being vulnerable and connecting to the audience.”

Stay tuned for future dates!

Barbara Lea Tribute/Benefit - July, 2008

A TRIBUTE TO JAZZ LEGEND BARBARA LEA I was a privileged to speak at this wonderful event honoring and benefiting Barbara at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on July 25, 2008.

What a line up! Some the top names in Jazz and Cabaret came out to pay tribute to this very special and beloved singer. They included Bob Dorough, Steve Ross, Daryl Sherman, Ronny Whyte, The Loren Schoenberg Big Band, Marlene VerPlanck, Keith Ingham and Annie Dinerman, among others. Sue Matsuki and Karen Oberlin did a great job both as performers and as the organizers of the evening.

Do visit Barbara’s website and buy her CDs or even contribute to her fund at <http://www.barbaralea.com/>

I Lose My Heart (and Other Body Parts...) The Songs of Paul Bodden - New CD! - September, 2007

14 newly minted Blues, Jazz, and Gospel-flavored songs by New York City Cabaret and Theater composer-songwriter Paul Bodden, sung with a distinctive voice, expressed with an open heart, and observed with a keen eye for the ridiculous and absurd.
I had a great time recording this CD. Laying down the vocal and piano tracks was fun, pleasurable and easy, thanks to the superb musical supervision of maestro Seth Weinstein on the ivories and the advice, expertise and enthusiasm of engineer, Chip M. Fabrizi of PPI Recording here in New York City.

About the title: I had done a cabaret act at Helen’s Hideaway Room in 2005 that had the same name. My song, “I Lose My Heart”, is the one that has been sung most often by other singers. Then, what with the Stolen Heart, Lost Head and Errant Nose featured in the other songs, it seemed like a no-brainer (oops…)

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