John Paul II musical gets ready to hit the stage
The show starts with one defining moment: the 1981 assassination attempt on John Paul II. From that dramatic event, the musical travels to the childhood of Karol Wojtyla. Interestingly many of the people taking part in the musical say that John Paul II influenced their lives in one way or another.
DUCCIO FORZANO Director "I met him in person only once in my life, and I never thought that one day I'd have the opportunity to work on something like this. When I met him, it was as if he was surrounded by this great light, by so much energy, and a peace that I've never felt anywhere else.â?
Duccio Forzano, a renown television producer in Italy, and his crew made it a point to produce something more than just a musical. All the technical and human elements come together to portray the life of Karol Wojtyla.
DUCCIO FORZANO Director "It's not just the story of a great man, and I emphasize 'great man,' because what impressed me the most about this character... forgive me for calling him a 'character, is the fact that the Pope, who is perceived to be as inaccessible, has actually always been among the people. He has always been a man.â?
Renown singer and songwriter Noa is in charge of composing music for the musical. She wrote five original songs for the production, which includes the 'Ave Maria' version she sang before the Polish Pope 18 years ago, during a visit to the Vatican. The Israeli artist met with John Paul II three times, and she has very fond memories of each one.
NOA Singer/Songwriter "He would always say beautiful things. He would ask me, 'What's the situation in Israel?' And he would say that peace in the world would come when Jews and Christians would find a way to truly live in harmony. And of course, he would say to me, like he said to everyone: that he believes that there should never be war in name of God.â? The musical will premiere at the end of the year in Italy. Producers also plan on taking it to Poland, before going on tour throughout Latin America in the winter of 2014.
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