Monday, February 3, 2003
Pentacle Theatre’s ‘Metropolis’ to hit CD
Pentacle Theatre is having another first involving its 2002 production of the musical “Metropolis.”

Director Randy Bowser, who recorded the score of the musical in his home studio for the production, is adding voices at another studio for a cast recording that will, in part, benefit Pentacle’s capital campaign.

Proceeds from the musical’s two-disc CD will be split between Joseph Brooks, the composer who has rights to the show, and Pentacle. Bowser expects to have the CD available for sale within two months.

This is not the first time a Pentacle production has been recorded (Bowser recorded his production of “Hair” for private use) but is the first time a Pentacle show has been recorded for sale.

Recording has been done at the studio of Frank Fullerton, who provided the guitar and drums for the show’s music.

“Metropolis,” based on the classic silent film by Fritz Lang, originally was produced in London and was revived in reworked form for Pentacle, with Brooks and Bowser collaborating. The story suggests a future in which an elite lives above ground and the oppressed workers, who run the machines underground, revolt against the elite.

It was the first time Pentacle produced a show not previously produced on Broadway and the largest cast — with 33 members.

The only other recording of the show is from the 1989 London production and is available on, Bowser said.

The price of the new CD, which has more than 20 songs, has not been determined.

Ron Cowan can be reached at (503) 399-6728.