Singing Pretty on Valentine's Day: New Romantic Rock Opera Launches on
11 February 2014
In a Valentine's Day launch, a New England songwriter is releasing a romantic Faery Tale Rock Opera, "Monica Rose & Prince Charm Inc.," with hopes of bringing it to life on the theatrical stage. The 19-song production focuses on the universal quest for romantic love. Song previews are available on "This is about the dreams and hope we all have," says its creator, Mark David Lopsey who goes by the stage name Marcus. "Inside of every girl and every woman is that life experience of romantic dreams and crushes, real love and broken hearts. They may meet their 'Prince Charm' or any variety of unsavory characters." A video for the feature song, "Maybe", was shot along the New England coastline at dawn and features Olivia Moore, a Boston-area college student with a voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan. "She's our own American idol," says Marcus. "A voice like an angel." The rock musical includes piano ballads and even a touch of country. It is all part of a bigger dream for Marcus, who was inspired by the works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Liz Minnelli's Cabaret, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. His influences range from the Beatles to Nashville, the soul sounds of Stax Records to Vivaldi, Handel, and Mozart. "I've always said that if you can dream it you can do it.” says Marcus. "I hope people will enjoy the music and the concept, and make this Faery Tale come true." A campaign runs from February 14 through March 16, 2014 to raise money for a cinematic production as the next step toward the theatrical stage. Those who make pledges can elect to receive an audio CD and other thank you gifts.