Comments about METRO-Cast-CD-poll
This play was awesome! I have been waiting for months for this to take
place. I bought the 1989 soundtrack which is excellent. But it can't
surpass how awesome this group in Salem did! Please proceed with making
this album! Mandy Rebel
I saw the show at Pentacle several times and found it thrilling. A peak
experience in live theatre. I have been waiting impatiently for the
opportunity to own this CD!
Release the CD. Let the community relive this rare experience.
What's the deal? Pentacle said this was coming out ages ago!
I can not wait to listen to your production of Metropolis
Metropolitans! Revolt against the Machines that enslave us. Release the
It's sad that after all the work that went into this it has been delayed
for so long. I know of at least 5 people that want to buy the CD!!
There have been at least 30 people who told me they'd snatch up a CD in
a flash. What's the hang up?
Greetings from the UK. Simon Bennett here showing support for all the
hard work done by Randy and the cast and crew of Metropolis at the
Pentacle. This would only be the second ever official cast recording of
Metropolis and would go down an absolute storm. I know at least half a
dozen people who would snatch up a copy in my town alone and most of us
didn`t even see the show, such is our faith in the final product. Dress
Circle the specialist mail order shop in London sells worldwide and I am
sure they would be very interested and indeed have a great demand for
such a CD. Board of Directors - don`t be blinkered on this ! Just
locally this well deserved release would turn a profit but
internationally a cast album release handled correctly could make money
for the Pentacle for years to come whilst bringing the theatre
recognition and respect like the West Yorkshire Playhouse in England
with `Martin Guerre` or the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey for
`Children Of Eden`. Its time to bring the Theatre out of the woods
people... Randy - The `wav` sounds awesome, rock on !! Best wishes to
A NOTE FROM WEB MASTER RANDY BOWSER: Simon Bennett's wonderful input on
this poll message board was written without him knowing that the CD,
unfortunately, cannot be made available for internet sales. It's much
appreciated that Metropolis fans world-wide would like to hear and own
this new version of Joe Brook's fabulous musical, but our contract only
allows CD sales here in Salem, Oregon---assuming that "the powers that
be" finally allow release of this much-clamored-for cast album.
Comments about METRO-Cast-CD-poll
I am ready to buy at least three copies and to give two as gifts. Please
release it soon!!
I am completely against the making of this CD. Although the cast and
crew were brilliant, the director is egotistical, and narcisitic. The
release of this CD would only add to the ballooning head that he already
posesses. I believe the motives behind the release of the CD have become
more about hyping the show and the director - and less about trying to
raise money for the Pentacle theatre. I think releasing this CD under
the name of the Pentalce theatre tarnishes the image Pentalce has worked
to build for the past 50 years. As a member of Pentalce theatre - i feel
the director of this project is an embarrassment to our theatre. I fully
support the Pentacle Board in stalling this project.
Note from the editor, Randy Bowser: PLEASE READ comment #12 (when
viewing the list after clicking "see all comments"). This is the kind of
personal attack which has previously only been stated in private by
Board members as the "reason" for cancelling the project.
Dear disgruntled, I am left to wonder why you and some others feel so
threatend by innovation and change. I lose more faith and interest in
the PENTACLE theater and its future productions every day. Do you forget
how Pentacle's public image is effected the longer we go without a
product? Those of us that worked HUNDREDS of hours for FREE on the
original show and subsequent cd have been committed to community and a
desire to share our unique experience (that we ALL created) with the
Salem community. Of course pride is involved here, we should ALL be
proud of what we accomplished in this show - it was DAMN FINE. Don't
make the METROPOLIS experience and the theater's image and future suffer
becuase of your own fear and jealousy. Release the CD.
I applaud the individual who was brave enough to voice an opposing
opinion in this "pro-CD/pro Randy Bowser" propaganda BS. As a theatre
member, I also oppose this project and support the Pentacle Board's
decision to not finance it. C'mon Mr. Bowser, for once let the truth be
told!! If this project has been stalled,(supporters take note of this)
it is due to Mr. Bowser himself. Why isnt he persuing financing from
other sources if he wants the CD completed so badly? Or financing it
himself? And given the blatant Pentacle and Board bashing that Mr.
Bowser has engaged in through his comments and postings on this site,
why on earth would anywone expect the board to change their mind? Makes
no sense, Mr. Bowser to bite the hand that you want to feed you. A word
of caution, Mr. Bowser. You may want to re-think some of your comments
posted on here regarding the Pentacle Board. A few of them could border
Note from web-master Randy Bowser: PLEASE ALL READ comment #15.
Like an earlier comment left here, also anonymously, it demonstrates
that there are folks against the CD project because they have a problem
with me, forgetting entirely that the project is the labor of theatre
volunteers and was an incredibly generous and unique offer from
Metropolis composer Joe Brooks.
This new message is also very ill informed. I DO have outside backing
for the CD. When financing the project became an issue, I quickly and
easily gathered the money from individuals.
But the Board doesn't seem to even want the completely strings-free gift
of over $2,000 to the Capital Campaign which the CD sales would generate
for the theatre.
I am not aware of writing anything on my website which is other than the
facts as they have been given me by the Board. Nothing vaguely libelous
has ever been written or said by me anywhere.
Nay-sayers like this are indulging in embarrassingly transparent
"projection." If they were in my shoes, they fear they would have
"ballooned heads" and have an ego problem. I on the other hand have
simply lent thousands of hours to Pentacle for producing very popular
shows, have generated outstanding publicity for the theatre, and it
gives me pleasure to have succeeded at those things.
People in my position usually do garner disdain from the envious. I'm
afraid I can't save them from themselves.
Meanwhile, this CD was a very simple proposition which any other theatre
in the country would have been thrilled to participate in. The power of
distrust, hate, and envy are always destructive, and in the case of this
project, has completely distorted things so that the CD is no longer
about the hard working cast and the theatre which deserves the
Most importantly, I reiterate, I DO HAVE THE BACKING. What is the excuse
now from the Board?
P.S. Every post I have authored on this poll, I have signed. "Dear
disgruntled" was written by a cast member who very discouraged by the
petty politics! of this community theatre. Hard to blame him.
Finally - some voiced support against this damn CD project that Bowser
is so obsessed with. Why dont people support Bowser? Well thats a great
question. Maybe Randy should do some soul searching...Maybe Randy needs
to look inside himself to figure out why people are against him, and the
CD is supported by the MINORITY! Not the Majority. On this website -
Bowser says that we who oppose the CD are jealous, and envious of his
success. Only the cockiest of Narcisists is as full of himself as
Bowser. Someone who is constantly patting themself on the back, and
reminding people of how great his shows have been, and what he has done
for us, the Pentacle theatre. As I have stated in my 1st posting, Bowser
is nothing but an embarrassment to this theatre. Hey Randy - ever think
of this - We dont want you here. Didnt you say you were leaving? Wasnt
Metropolis your last show here? What happened to New York City?
Broadway? Directing some obscure show? Wasnt that in the works
somewhere? Oh - those werent successes for you? So we dont hear about
them? By all means continue to praise yourself, and the work you have
accomplished. Those of us living in reality know the truth, we just wish
you were gone, like you said in the paper you would be. Until that very
day - I will work tirelessly to make sure you know your place, your not
some theatre GOD. You are not well respected and all the crap you put up
on these sites ... well has truly tarnished what little good reputation
you had. Sorry thats the truth.
Note from Randy B. PLEASE ALL READ COMMENT #17. Another anonymous post
from the same person who keeps adding "No" votes.
What does his hatred for me have to do with the CD project volunteers
worked 5 months on--??
THE CD STORY
This comment board has gotten pretty crazy. I would like everyone to
click HERE to get more details about this whole CD fiasco, as I
understand it.--Randy Bowser
To those that have so vocally expressed their negative opinions in this
inappropriate location: You do not have the right to speak as though you
represent the Pentacle Theatre volunteer group as a whole, whatever your
personal opinion might be. Each one of us is an individual and our
personal opinions are our own. If you wish to make a comment, be bold
enough to speak it in your own voice and to the person you have a
problem with. Don't hide behind the mask of "we" of the Pentacle
nameplate in an anonymous forum in words of anger. Personally, I find it
offensive that ANY fellow members of the Pentacle volunteer group would
slander other members in the way you have attempted. This is both a
childish and immature act of hate and will in no way benefit the Theatre
during its time of need (It also produces bad Karma). I believe it was
Jo Dodge that says - "Theater is about community" - I'll add "and
everyone is equally important". If you truly care about the continuation
of the Theatre, then work as passionately, but peacefully to find
creative solutions to bring in the operational funding for repairs and
continuation. Lastly, do not be afraid of change. Each of us can and
should work to protect yourselves and the Theatre in new ventures, but
in doing so we should actively look into ALL possibilities to help
achieve the funding that is needed to preserve what is important. Let
each one of us be open-minded enough to do this and let go of any petty
bickering or grudges. This issue shouldn't be about people's opinions of
each other, this is about a product. Let's show some respect for each
other and get some real work done. Best Wishes for Peaceful Resolution
and Cool-Rags for Hot-Tempers, Jonathan Pedersen
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Randy, if you indeed have the funding to produce this CD, then do it. We
want our CD!! So what if Pentacle doesnt want to finance it or be
involved. Fine, who cares. Leave them out of it. They snooze, they
loose. If this project is truly about getting the great performances of
the amazing cast/crew produced and available for the public, why are you
waiting? Who's stalling now? WE WANT OUR CD!!
EXCELLENT QUESTION from the most recent visitor. The CD issue is clearly
not understood by most people. I tried to explain details HERE (go to
link), but let me briefly outline here:
--EVEN WITH THE FUNDING WHICH I DO INDEED HAVE---the Board has to
approve the project. Why?---
--Because the contract with Joe Brooks ONLY allows the CD to be made and
sold as a fund raiser for Pentacle Theatre. There is absolutely no other
way it will be allowed.
--The contract also explicitly states THE ONLY way the CD may sold is
through Pentacle, in the lobby and at the ticket office. To do that, the
Board has to approve.
--Anyone who still hasn't signed a waiver must do so before the CD can
legally be mass-produced.
SO---I know the situation has been confusing, and many side issues have
made it even more so. But the point is that even with funding, this MUST
be a Pentacle project, as outlined above, as per the requirements of the
ONLY contract Joe Brook's company will allow.--Randy Bowser
I address my posting to whomever is visiting this site and leaving
negative comments about Randy.
My primary comment is that the person hiding behind a "theatrical" mask
needs to stop being a coward and state his or her name. If they don't
want to come out of a coward's hiding place, then they need to
call/write or confront Randy personally, not address personal feelings
in this forum.
It is very easy to "spout-off" or "flame" someone when one is in hiding.
This person is showing their ignorance in how they deal with their
problems and that is sad.
Also, to bring up the term narcissism without really knowing what the
term means (or even spelling it correctly) is shallow and shows lack of
I say, "come out, come out, wherever you are" or keep your comments to
yourself. Your comments don't apply to the topic being addressed,
Personal feelings for Randy have nothing to do with the release of a CD,
and the comments made about Randy are neither pertinent nor appropriate,
and are just ugly. -Melissa K. Turner
TECHNICAL PROBLEM.The poll hasn't been functioning properly for a week.
People who have tried to vote "Yes" have been unable to, but the person
returning time and again to add another "No" has been able to add the
Due to the poll not functioning properly, and the way at least one
disturbed individual has twisted this public forum into a personal
vendetta against me, I will need to remove this poll soon, unless the
Tripod tech support are able to fix the voting mechanism.
If it is fixed, hopefully anyone who still has an on-topic comment to
make about the CD will still be able to.
Meanwhile, for those confused about the long delay on the CD project,
please see other posts from here on the poll where I try to explain what
has happened. -Randy Bowser