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Rockford's Rock Opera
http://www.rockfordsrockopera.com/home/

Rockford's Rock Opera.


Description: A musical story for children (and adults) with narration, images, songs, video and sound effects.
Comment:  The computer imaging and animation is excellent. Though not technically a rock opera and not true rock, it's close enough to make the list. Definitely worth checking out. Make sure to view "The Tale of the Cocklebur Icks" (chapter 2).
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Paradisium
http://www.rhapsodyukmusic.com/

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Description: A fantasy musical intended for youth that tells the story of creatures in a garden that come to life. There is guitar, piano and synthesized pop sounds.
Comment:  The show has received positive reviews. It looks to be a nice show for young people. Song samples and more information are available at http://www.myspace.com/paradisiumthemusical.
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Helena Grapevine/Baldur the Good 
http://www.bluedalmatian.com/index.html

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Description:  These are two shows for children with contemporary music, much of it piano, and some light rock.  Helena is narrated by Tony Randall.
Comment:  Songs tend to be simple, but are nice.  This, combined with engaging original watercolors, makes for an enjoyable trip back to childhood.  Tony Randall has an excellent voice for narration.
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Attorney for the Damned
http://attorneyforthedamned-rockmusical.com/

Attorney for the damned


Description: This musical is about a young female attorney who is forced to represent two criminally insane individuals and masterminds their release, with disparate results. Reminiscent of The Who's "Tommy," it is staged entirely as a rock concert.
Comment:  The music is well-suited to the subject of insanity. Unfortunately, it kind of drives me crazy listening to it; but you'll have to listen and judge for yourselves. Its Off-Broadway run was well received.
Audio Format:  MP3 Sample:   "Take a Finger"   a
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The Ballad of Bobby McStone  http://www.mcilvanity.com/sounds.html

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Description:  Rock musical selections depicting the success story of one young rocker, who overcomes frustrations with his home, with love, and with the music industry.  The songs are a mix of musical styles, sounding like a combination of the Rolling Stones and Beachboys, with country influences in some songs.
Comment:  Sound quality is not great and some songs are weaker than others, but you can't deny that some of these songs have definite potential.
Audio Format:  Real Sample:   "Shooting for Bs"   a
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Harrier Angel  http://www.nine3.com/HA-index.html

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Description:  Rock opera written and composed by Cassandra Von Braun.  Story of a female rocker searching for meaning in her art and in her relationhips.  Alternative rock with folk influences.
Comment:  Nicely developed Web page.  Sound quality is not the best for some pieces, but CD in progress has new recordings with greatly improved sound quality.  Expect fairly long downloads of MP3 files.
Audio Format:  MP3 Sample:   "Overture"   a
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Zombie Prom  http://www.paperpen.com/zombieprom/

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Description:  Rejected by his girlfriend, Johnny commits suicide by jumping into a nuclear power plant.  He returns as a nuclear zombie to win back the affections of his lost love.  Pop rock with broadway musical style.
Comment:  Though having poor sound quality, this whacky show has some fun songs with a fairly captivating story line.   The Web page is unique and worth the visit alone.
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Rock Opera NYC  http://www.rockoperanyc.com

Rock Opera NYC


Description:  Rock opera written and composed by Eve H. It tells the story of an unlikely relationship between a mobster on the run and a bohemian type who has converted her mansion into an artist's community.
Comment:  It's an interesting story line. The music is somewhat funky and distinctive and may really appeal to some.
Audio Format:  MP3 Sample:   "Come On In"   a
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Lost the Musical  http://www.lostthemusical.com

Lost the Musical


Description:  Lost is about a young woman (18) who seeks to leave behind her mundane existence and travel to the big city (London), where she aspires to become a great singer. The music is a mixture of rock, pop and contemporary opera songs.
Comment:  Audience reaction to the workshop production seems to be quite positive.
Audio Format:  MP3 Sample:   "Overture"   a
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Slim Hollow Rock Opera  http://www.junctionstudio.com/slimland.html

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Description:  Band-oriented rock storytelling of the Slimland Legend.  Music is hard-driving and raucus, with Southern roots.  Three short videos of live band performances are provided. 
Comment:  Short videos make it hard to fully judge this show, but it looks to be high energy and loud, with not much melodic content.  Downloads are long, but videos are interesting to watch.
Audio Format:  Quicktime Sample:  "Slim's Anthem"  a

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Tonya & Nancy the Rock Opera.

Tonya & Nancy   http://www.tonyaandnancytheopera.com/
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This rock opera depiction of the relationship between Tonya Harding and Nancy Carrigan has received glowing reviews from a variety of sources.

Celticfusion   http://www.celticfusion.com
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An established show of song and dance, with an elite Web page.

Count to Ten    http://www.angelfire.com/musicals/count2ten
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This looks to be an interesting show with good lineage and a number of full-scale productions to its credit.

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Criteria for listing include the following:

  • Must be original (not yet hit it big)
  • Must be rock (or pop)
  • Should have music on the page

 

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