The past several weeks have been incredibly eventful. I have, unfortunately, been remiss with my blog-posting and interview-publishing; however, rest assured, I am still in business and I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Quite frankly, I have been busy preparing for a major life development which I will share about publicly in the coming days.
Shortly after New Year’s, I had the distinct pleasure of chatting with a delightful lady whom I have wished to talk with for quite some time. That lady is Louise Gold. Ever since I was in elementary school, I have admired her work even though I may not have been familiar with who she was specifically. One of her biggest achievements, I feel, was her participation in Jim Henson’s televised masterpiece called The Muppet Show. The program ran for five seasons from 1976 until 1981. Sadly, Mr. Henson passed away in 1990; but many of his colleagues, who generously contributed their time and talent to his labor-of-love, remain and have invested themselves in other interesting, non-Muppet projects.
A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful experience of talking with the famed English actress and singer Patricia Routledge. Routledge, now 87, has dedicated her life to the cause of the arts as she has spent much of her time performing in musicals and in more serious operatic work, before dedicating almost a decade in television portraying the unforgettably supercilious Hyacinth Bouquet in the BBC's transatlantic hit sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, and Hetty Wainthropp in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates.
The only time I could speak with Patricia was during her regularly scheduled tea time at 3 o' clock in the afternoon. Although she was noticeably anxious to return to her activities, she was gracious enough to spend some time with me discussing her thoughts and memories of being in Joseph Papp's adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance, as well as to share her encouragement for my upcoming album The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited.
Some of the most decorated men and women of the stage, each located in diverse locations of the world, are to be included in the fall line-up of great interviews Adrian D. Holmes will publish over the next four months as we count down to December 31, the release date for his upcoming album The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited.
Here is the current schedule:
Kaye Ballard, retired American actress - September 5, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend)
Gary Sandy, American actor - September 17, 2016
Patricia Routledge, British actress - October 1, 2016
John Bolton Wood, Australian actor - October 15, 2016*
Simon Gallaher, Australian actor - November 5, 2016*
Estelle Parsons, American actress - November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving) *
George S. Irving, American actor - December 24, 2016 (Christmas Eve)*
All dates with *asterisks* are tentative publication times, subject to change without notice. The interviews with Estelle Parsons, John Bolton Wood, and Gary Sandy have yet to be conducted; however, each have expressed interest and intend to complete the interviews soon.
We have reached out to several other public figures, including Maureen McGovern, Bonnie Langham, and others, all of whom are currently coordinating various other events, yet have expressed interest in these interviews. Other names are also being approached and will be announced as they are scheduled.
To remain up to date, check back regularly at AdrianDHolmes.com.
Twenty-three weeks from today, The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited will officially release on all major digital music stores. In preparation for the album, we have been reaching out to numerous stars who have been involved with various major productions of the operetta over the years, preferably for interviews, but also for statements and comments.
This Friday, July 22, 2016, marks twenty-three weeks until the official New Year’s Eve release date of Adrian D. Holmes’s debut album, The Pirates of Penzance: Revamped and Revisited. According to our production team, approximately one-third of the album has been completed thus far and is ready for mastering. Though the current completion deadline is set for September 1, Adrian is confident that the project will indeed be completed before Labor Day weekend, in time for an autumn marketing blitz.
For the past several weeks, the ADH Team has been quietly preparing for a major move. Today, we are excited to announce that after thirteen years, Adrian will be moving from his current base in Jacksonville, Florida, three hours south to the city of Palm Bay.
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