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A tale bristling with zany humor in a glorious symphonic setting
Doctor Noize Presents …
"PHINEAS McBOOF CRASHES THE SYMPHONY"
A FUN-FILLED, TWO-ACT MUSICAL FOR FAMILIES
GRAMMY® WINNING OPERA STARS NATHAN GUNN & ISABEL LEONARD
& THE CITY OF PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
“Agenda Recommends –> This enormously silly CD is perfect for little ones … But it’s also educational! Like Peter and the Wolf but more fun, this wildly danceable story-album introduces kids to musical instruments, styles, and composition.” – New York Magazine / Vulture
LONE TREE, CO (April 26, 2016) – Phineas McBoof fans rejoice! Four years after the last Doctor Noize album, comes the third installment in the award-winning Phineas McBoof series. Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony, a full-length, two-act musical about the symphony, friendship, and purpose, for adventurers of all ages, will be unleashed on July 15, 2016.
Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony is a screwball musical comedy, complete with fast, zany repartee, where the leading characters have over-the-top dramatic ranges combined with vocal chops that open one’s ears to what real singing with resonance and amazing projection is all about. The plot, which could be an offspring of Monty Python, is backed by the full forces of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kyle Pickett, playing a brilliant score whose colorful orchestration is matched by the integrity and sophistication of the musical material.
Headliners on Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony include Grammy® winning opera superstars Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn, Metropolitan Opera veteran John McVeigh, and Billboard charting jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz, plus Doctor Noize and Phineas McBoof (the alter egos of composer/performer Cory Cullinan).
Like Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony resonates with young ears because it features a compelling storyline that sports a character-driven attitude. Taking its cue from iconic philharmonic humorist pranksters of the past, the album develops the sophisticated ideas of symphonic jocularity and musical storytelling established by the likes of P.D. Q. Bach for twenty-first century kids who appreciate wild and crazy humor packed with a lot of musical knowledge and juxtaposed against a reflective nuance that reveals human nature in a very kind way.
Kids and adults alike will adore the album’s colorful characters as they find themselves engaged in a dramatic, mysterious, high-stakes tale of love, friendship, commitment, and self-improvement in which Phineas learns that the real purpose of striving for great art is to share moments, dreams, and emotions with friends. Along the way, creator Cory Cullinan embeds into this musical adventure valuable information about orchestration, instrumentation, music history, Beethoven, sonata form, popular song structure and more, illustrated through the rich detail of the musical composition itself.
Explains Cory Cullinan, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony was intentionally created as a complete work of musical theatre – no shortcuts – with highly sophisticated and challenging music. Kids have the most fun and gain the most pride, satisfaction, and confidence when they’re reaching for things that cause them to stretch and learn. So we’ve made an album that’s funny and fun and dramatic and sad and happy and crazy and colorful, in ways that only authentic orchestral music and musical theatre can be.”
Listeners previewing Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony have cited “What Kids Want,” a funny duet between Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard portraying a pair of clueless parents, as a catchy, hit number. Other highlights include the album’s title track (introducing the instruments in dramatic storytelling fashion), “Music! Bright Music!” (a full ensemble comic number), and “I Could Be Someone” (John McVeigh’s showpiece number). Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony even includes three radio-friendly original pop songs: “1-2-3-4-5-6-7 A Song,” “The Bunny Hop,” and “Movin’ On.”
Awards and accolades garnered by Doctor Noize projects include Parents’ Choice®, Doctor Toy, Children’s Music Web, and iTunes Essential Recording. “Banana” was a #1 hit song and “Welcome to Grammaropolis” was a Top 10 hit song on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live. Among the high-level instrumentalists heard on Doctor Noize recordings are Chris Isaak’s guitarist Hershel Yatovitz, Huey Lewis’ horn section, the Tower of Power’s horn section, and Billboard charting jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz.
Cory Cullinan holds degrees in Music and Political Science from Stanford University, where he graduated with Distinction and Honors. During five years as a high school music teacher in Silicon Valley, Cory conducted youth choirs to major awards and taught a music history elective that became so popular it was made a required freshman course. In 2010 he released The Ballad of Phineas McBoof, and the rest is history!
Previous Doctor Noize albums include Grammaropolis (2012), The Return of Phineas McBoof (2011), and The Ballad of Phineas McBoof (2010).
Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony will be available at Amazon, CDbaby, and iTunes.
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CD Details: Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony
Release date: July 15, 2016
For all ages, and especially suitable for ages 8 - 13
Label: Doctor Noize Inc.
Running time: Act 1 (CD #1): 74 minutes. Act 2 (CD #2): 77 minutes
‘PHINEAS McBOOF CRASHES THE SYMPHONY’ TRACK LIST:
Into The Orchestra
I’ve Found You!
The Show Must Go On
Music! Bright Music!
I've Got An Idea
Some Day Soon...
It's Hard To Explain
One That's True
The Simplicity Of Song
You're The Worst
What Kids Want
This Could Be A Disaster
1-2-3-4-5-6-7 A Song
Bust Out The Beethoven
Sorta Symphony #5
Practice Makes Imperfect
Long, Long Ago
Creativity And Science
I'm In Love
I Could Be Someone
Listen To Me
Music Can Bring Us All Together (Or Apart)
The Island Overture
Take Me To The Symphony
This One Moment
Cast Your Spell
Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony
Fall For Me
Best Show Ever!
The Bunny Hop
If You Leave...
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