Poe: World Premiere Performance
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Eric Woolfson is the creator and writer of the Alan Parsons Project which has sold over 45 million albums world-wide. Eric Woolfson's fascination with the world of Edgar Allan Poe began more than thirty years ago. It led to the creation of the Alan Parson
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Luckily, this stage adaptation eliminates that problem. Between the reordering (and sometimes division) of the songs and the addition of various spoken word sections, the Poe musical offers a much more satisfying and cohesive take on the late, great writer's life. The story covers the entirety of Poe's adult career leading up to his death. The performances are generally understated but very effective, particularly from Steve Balsamo's Poe. The stage presentation and set design are pretty minimalist, but enough to get the job done.
The one problem I have with this DVD is that the music itself doesn't always match the quality of the album version. Balsamo and David Burton sound great, but the chorus singers lack the depth and richness of those on the album. Chorus-heavy songs like "The Bells" sort of fizzle out in places. "Train to Freedom" in particular sounds awful compared to the original, lacking the soulful and baritone quality of the album version. The actress playing Poe's mother is also a little overly dramatic in her singing.
So in the end, I view this DVD as an interesting and illuminating companion to the album, but not necessarily the superior take on Woolfson's musical. Regardless, it was nice to see the complete version performed on stage. It's a true shame Woolfson passed away before he could write more music for Balsamo to perform.