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Musical Features Faculty's Original Compositions

Frankenstein the Musical is in a revival production at Dallas’ historic Pocket Sandwich Theater. The show’s composer is UT Dallas music faculty member Mary Medrick, who originally wrote the score in 1984, a collaboration with the theater’s founder and the play’s author Rodney Dobbs. A rather spooky musical comedy, the show begins with 19-year-old Mary Shelley, struggling to compete in a ghost storytelling contest with her husband Percy and the infamous Lord Byron, among others. Shelley finds herself dreaming the enduring legend of the creature, with each of her real life associates showing up as characters in her progressively more disturbing dream. The score captures the romantic and the hallucinatory with a nod to Chopin, serial music and tango. Read the review here.