Category Archives: Composers

Support Your Local Musical Theater

Support Your Local Musical Theatre Aya Katz [This pub was first published on Hubpages in 2010. Due to the current ban on dueling by Hubpages management, I had to move it to PubWages.] The first musical I ever saw was … Continue reading

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I’d Rather Be Free — A Song from THE DEBT COLLECTOR

Not everyone would rather be free. Even if most of us think we would like to be free, very few of us would be willing to pay the ultimate price for our liberty. Not everyone prefers death to loss of … Continue reading

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The Debt Collector: Three Songs for Blood

Blood  Samosude is the title character in the libertarian musical,  The Debt Collector. Blood not only makes his living  collecting debts, he is also  a true believer in the sanctity of contracts. Like a priest of justice, Blood single-handedly fights … Continue reading

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Two Songs for Mrs. Hauser

Helga Hauser is an immigrant. In the old country, she was a nurse. But she can’t work as a nurse in the United States, because she does not have the government certification. She and her husband brought all their savings … Continue reading

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Three Songs for Siren

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Some people, like Siren the Social Worker, are as elusive and attractive and maddening as butterflies. They flit around leaving havoc in their wake, totally unaware of their part in the damage. We all know people like that: bubbly, full … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Nannies Gone? A Review of Saving Mr. Banks

Ultimately both Disney and Travers were conflicted and inconsistent. He enjoyed great business success, but put out movies that pandered to the foes of industry and free trade. She wanted to hold on to her artistic purity, but did not realize that only money could set her free to do that. All in all, it’s still a very optimistic movie. Why? Because the Sherman brothers wrote great songs! They showed both sides of the coin equally well. Continue reading

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What Makes a Welfare Mother: Another Song from The Debt Collector

The Debt Collector is a libertarian musical set in the 1980s about a family named the Larks, their landlady, Mrs. Hauser, their social worker, Siren, and, in the title role, Blood, the debt collector hired by the landlady. In the song … Continue reading

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Two Songs from the Debt Collector by Daniel Carter and Aya Katz Peformed by Jill Dabney

Writing a musical is easy. Getting somebody to perform it is hard. When it comes to the music itself, very few people can even read it.  (Confession: I can’t either.) Daniel Carter wrote some beautiful music for my lyrics, but … Continue reading

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Music Review: Avalon is Risen by Leslie Fish

Produced by Kristoph Klover, performed by Leslie Fish and published by Prometheus Music, Avalon is Risen is the filk album we have all been waiting for. The music is celtic and folkish, but with that special touch that only Leslie … Continue reading

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