(PR) When Graham Russell was nine years old, he ventured for the first time into a forest, located just at the edge of his hometown of Nottingham, England, that has captured the Western World’s imagination for over seven centuries. Finding himself lost in the dark, dense and spooky Sherwood Forest—the real live home of the great Robin Hood legend—he says, “its magic became a part of me. I somehow felt I had returned home.” Now, many years, countless hit records and thousands of concerts around the world later, Russell—better known to still-rabid romantic pop music fans as one half of Air Supply, with songwriting and performing partner Russell Hitchcock—is bringing that magic to glorious and exciting musical life with his ambitious new rock opera The Heart Of The Rose.
With forty pop and rock flavored songs penned by Russell and a book written by the composer, his wife Jodi Russell and noted British historical writer Graham Phillips (author of the 1988 bestseller Robin Hood: The True Story), the musical presents the real story behind the powerful Robin Hood myths that have hijacked it in our renderings of the tale since the 14th century. The Heart Of The Rose, based on the extensive historical research of Philips, is the culmination of a 20-year musical journey for Russell, who started the project at his home studio in 1987 (a few years beyond Air Supply’s initial heyday) and worked on it in pieces over the years between the band’s frenetic tour schedule of over 120 global dates per year.[see full story for more] - Click here for the Full Story
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