Soul on Vinyl is an original full length musical, employing many styles of
music to reflect the pluralism of the United States while relating the story
of an idealistic evangelical preacher who has lost his mental moorings. SOUL
ON VINYL requires a cast of at least eight actors playing multiple roles, as
well as five musicians: a pianist, a guitarist, a bass player, a synthesizer
player, and a drummer.
Dennis McCarthy making the CD of the songs of Soul On Vinyl in his
studio in Burbank. The singer is Carmen Twillie.
SOUL ON VINYL is a work in progress that was commissioned by New Jersey Repertory through the National New Play Network, and was given a staged reading at New Jersey Repertory, and a recent table reading at the CAP 21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21) on July 9th, 2012 where Dennis and Fengar are current writers in residence.
RESUME OF THE COMPOSER, DENNIS McCARTHY
McCarthy is a seven-time Emmy nominee, and won the award in 1993 for his work writing the
main title to "Deep Space Nine" and again in 1996 for the score to the episode, "Unification,
Part 1" from "Star Trek: the Next Generation." He also recently jumped into theatre to work for
South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, composing music for "Of Mice And Men," "Much Ado About
Nothing," "On The Jump," "The Dumb Show, "Dicken's Christmas Carol," "The Beard Of Avon" - the
premier of the Amy Freed play, "Getting Frankie Married, Afterwards" by Horton Foote, "The Only
Child" by Quincy Long and most recently, "An Italian Straw Hat" by John Strand.
One of the most in-demand composers for films and television, Dennis McCarthy has spent his life
in and around music. One of the musicians he met in his early years was Glen Campbell who asked
Dennis to join him as a keyboardist. As Glen's fame grew, he needed an 'on the road' arranger/conductor
and McCarthy took on the challenge of a musical self-education and the mentoring of many wonderful
musician/ arrangers. The association with Campbell, led to McCarthy's first television work, acting
as the musical coordinator on the long running "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" variety show. Dennis
also served as musical director for three seasons of "The Barbara Mandrell Show." He went on to
become Alex North's scoring assistant, orchestrating North's score to "Wise Blood," before McCarthy
embarked on his own composing career in the early 1980s. Nelson Riddle became another source of
inspiration; it was Nelson who suggested McCarthy spend more time composing original music so as to
develop a catalogue of his own works. McCarthy spent four years on "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,"
working and learning from Marty Paich as well as Ray Charles and Earl Brown.
An opportunity to compose a film score in England opened doors for McCarthy when he returned to
Hollywood, giving him experience in orchestral writing while also giving him a feature film credit
that created new opportunities in Hollywood. One of them led to "Enos," a spin-off of "The Dukes of
Hazzard," which McCarthy began to compose in 1981. A fistful of TV scores for Warner Bros followed
included "V: The Final Battle," the new incarnation of "The Twilight Zone," "Dynasty," "McGyver," and
a few movies-of-the-week like "Sam Houston: The Legend Of The Texans" and "Sworn To Silence." With
George Doering, McCarthy composed the music for a series called "Houston Knights," which led to an
assignment scoring the first of the two-hour "Police Story" shows. McCarthy was hired as one of the
regular composers on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", and since then has contributed music to all the
subsequent Trek series, including scoring the seventh Star Trek movie, "Generations" McCarthy's
musical versatility hasn't stayed still for episodic television, however - he has scored a number of
feature films and made-for-TV movies, including "Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story", "McHale's Navy",
"Letters from a Killer", and several mini-series based on the popular novels by Danielle Steele.