Flames

by  Stephen Dolginoff

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  2m, 1f

In this original, suspense-filled musical thriller by the author/composer of Thrill Me, there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the audience guessing up until the final shocking moments.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    ASCAP Music Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

One year ago, Edmond died in horrible fire. He took with him the dreams of his fiancée, Meredith, the trust of his best friend, Eric, and the answers to the burning questions that still linger about his death and the terrible crime he committed. But on a stormy night at the cemetery where he rests, the secrets from his past will finally refuse to stay buried; and those he left behind will finally refuse to stay silent.

In this original, suspense-filled musical thriller by the author/composer of Thrill Me, there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the audience guessing up until the final shocking moments.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

“Stephen Dolginoff plays with the audience’s mind and perception from the first minute. As the story unfolds and reality becomes fiction while fiction becomes reality, the audience is left dumfounded as they try, and fail spectacularly, to guess the next twist. I have to say that Flames was a really great show. From the opening thunderstorm, through the various plot twists, blowing away my perceptions of my skills to anticipate theatrical writing, Flames kept me spellbound all the way.” -Londontheatre1.com

“Very sophisticated and skillful. The dialogue, is pithy, tight and witty but also plausibly naturalistic and affectionate when it needs to be. Dolginoff is adept at setting up the emotional conflicts in a way that makes the transition from words to music entirely natural.  The lyrics are always plot-driven, taking the action forward ... The music is generally propulsive, showcasing the words above all rather than overwhelming them, but with pools of quieter repose to crystallise a point and emphasise an emotional nuance... Arresting chord sequences and interesting harmonic smudges that signal changes of mood and floated melodic phrases that capture the emotional and lyrical aspirations of the characters powerfully.” - Britishtheatre.com

"Four Stars! A thrilling psychological drama! Flames is a heart wrenching, gripping exploration of love, friendship, betrayal, trust and revenge.” - International Theatre Review

"A twisty plot that is partly Pinter and partly Pirandello as it flirts endlessly with menace and a final graveyard reckoning. Provokes smouldering embers of passion and interest. Suffice it to say all is not what it seems!”  - The Stage, UK

“It’s like Alfred Hitchcock meets Edgar Allan Poe!” – Sioux City Journal

“I gasped out loud!” – Sioux City Online

Videos

  • FLAMES - A Musical Thriller
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A cemetery (and various flashback locales). The present. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Prelude/He Can Still Hear You
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You're Different
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Identified the Body
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Jealousy
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Night of the Fire (Eric's Version)
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Night of the Fire (Edmond's Version)
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The Right Choice
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Never Let Him Hurt You
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Edmond's Eyes
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Finale
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Casting

2m, 1f
MEREDITH - Female, 20s-Early 30s
Range: Mezzo -Soprano, F3-D5
A beautiful woman. Still grappling with the death of her fiancé, Edmond. She eventually proves to be quite strong.

ERIC- Male, 30s
Range: Baritone, Bb2-F4
A handsome man. Edmond’s best friend a source of comfort for Meredith. There is more to him than meets the eye.

EDMOND - Male, 30s
Range: Baritone, G2-E4
A non-descript man. Claims to be “Edmond,” having escaped death. But it is unclear if he can be trusted.  

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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

1 Piano/Vocal Score
3 Vocal Chorus Books

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Authors

Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff is an award-winning, New York based writer/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical & Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for his musical THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY. Over 100 productions in ...

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Flames was originally produced at LAMB Arts Regional Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa (Russell Wooley, Managing/Artistic Director/Producer; Diana Wooley, Producer), opening on October 17, 2013, under the direction of Russell Wooley.

The London production of Flames opened at the Waterloo East Theatre (Gerald Armin, Artistic Director) on May 12, 2015, under the direction of Garry Noakes.

 

 

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