"Metropolis" was a surprise hit for Pentacle Theatre, running November and December of 2002 at the Salem, Oregon community theatre.
An obscure musical, which has never played on Broadway, and is based on a classic silent film by Fritz Lang, ended up playing to sold-out houses and was voted one of the most important cultural events of 2002 in Salem, Oregon's newspaper, The Statesman Journal.
Joe Brooks ("You Light Up My Life"), the show's composer, took a personal interest in Pentacle's revival of his show, and worked closely with Randy Bowser, the director, of the new version which premiered here in Salem.
When Brooks arranged for Pentacle to produce and sell an original cast album of our production, the theatre was being offered a very rare opportunity for an amateur theatre.
Volunteers labored long to produce a professional recording, and the public was kept abreast of the project through the enthusiastic reporting by The Statesman Journal's arts reporter, Ron Cowan.
But the project was eventually dropped by the theatre's Governing Board. For more details on the story of "The Cast Album That Almost Was," go HERE.
For more information about the production and the classic film it's based on, I invite you to explore this site, starting HERE.
Long live METROPOLIS!