NAME: Charles ("Chuck") Choset

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
September 22, 1942 (?), (location?)

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
1987 or 1988, (location?)


  • identification & bio
  • works
  • uncompleted works
  • writings
  • discography
  • bibliography
  • affiliations
  • resources
  • musical executor
  • contacts
  • archives
  • back to index of composers


  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    Composer, Lyricist, Critic, Novelist, Translator, Art Collector

    Graduated from Hunter College, New York (1965)
    Graduate studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (1965-66)

    WORKS:

    MUSICAL THEATRE

    The Meehans (1977) A new musical
    Book and Lyrics by Charles Choset
    Music by Sam Pottle
    Directed by Peter Napolitano
    Choreographed by Ronald Dabney
    Settings by Ellen Marie Jervey
    Costumes by Ira Barber
    Lighting by Joe Ray
    Musical Direction/Sound Design by Ernest Lehrer
    Arrangements by Richard Fiocca
    Produced at Theater for the New City, New York (1981)

    The Writer's Opera (1979)
    Words by Rosalyn Drexler (1978)
    Music by Charles Choset
    May have been performed as a reading or workshop at Theater for the New City, New York (c.1980)

    Letters to Ben (1982) A new musical by Charles Choset
    Dedicated to Sam Pottle
    "'Letters to Ben' is about a 40-year-old high school teacher in Manhattan who, for two years, has been a widow. The show is about how she deals with her grief, and the possibility of falling in love again." (1982 press release)
    Book, Music and Lyrics by Charles Choset
    Directed by Lisa Simon
    Choreographed by Sharon Kinney
    Scenery and Lighting by Joe Ray
    Costumes by Don Sheffield
    Musical Direction/Vocal Arrangements/Sound Design by Curtis Blaine
    Arrangements/Orchestrations by Richard Fiocca
    Produced at Theater for the New City, New York (1982)
    Songs:
        Me So Far
        My Empty Bed
        Another Spring
        Thank You
        Joe Sanchez
        Lonely Is
        Love Essay
        Personals
        School Rap
        Hope
        Favorite Words
        Love Is A Sickness (lyrics by Samuel Daniel)
        Simple Principles
        Catullus Song
        Hey, World
        Tsuris
        If Only, Ben
        Live And Be Well

    Iris (1983?) A new musical by Charles Choset
    Directed by Lee Alan Morrow
    Choreography by Karen Azenberg
    Musical Direction/Vocal Arrangements/Sound Design by Curtis Blaine
    Arrangements/Orchestrations by Richard Fiocca
    Set Design by Frank Shifreen
    Lighting Design by Joe Ray
    Costume Design by Scott Brooks
    Produced at Theater for the New City, New York (1983)

    ORATORIO

    Messiah (1982) A new oratorio by Charles Choset
    for: 11 voices, guitar, bass, drums, two synthesizers
    duration: ca. 90:00
    Staging Consultant: Ariel Lucas
    Costumes: Scott Brooks
    Lighting: Joe Ray
    Musical Director/Sound Design/Vocal Arrangements: Curtis Blaine
    Additional Musical Direction: Mark Lebowitz, Robert Wendel, Russell Daisey
    Arrangements/Orchestrations: Richard Fiocca
    notes: "This production uses the same passages from the Bible as Handel's. By and large, however, the translation is new." "Dedicated to Sam Pottle."
    Produced at Theater for the New City, New York (1982)

    Walden (1985) A new oratorio
    for: 14 voices, cello, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, piano, two synthesizers
    Music by Charles Choset
    Text by Henry David Thoreau
    Production conceived & directed by Roger Sullivan
    Sets by Frank Shifreen
    Art by Sean Scully
    Music Direction by Dick Start
    Lighting by Harry Rubeck
    Produced at Theater for the New City, New York (1985)

    FILM/TELEVISION

    Como Estas (Samuel Pottle/Charles Choset)
    Song recorded and produced in 1977 for children'stelevision program Sesame Street
    duration: 2:46
    publisher: Sesame Street, Inc.

    OTHER WORKS:

    Mother Ann's Gifts
    Letters to Ben program bio (1982): "He [Choset] is currently writing book, music and lyrics for two new musicals, Mother Ann's Gifts, about the early days of the Shakers, and Iris, about a contemporary woman's "spiritual quest."
    note: Not clear whether Mother Ann's Gifts was ever completed or produced.

    Starstruck
    Book and lyrics by ?
    Music by Charles Choset
    note: Starstruck was never produced.

    UNCOMPLETED WORKS:
    Unknown

    WRITINGS:
    "Notes on the Walden Oratorio," Thoreau Society Bulletin #178 (Winter 1987).

    DISCOGRAPHY:
    No professionally released recordings

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    • "The Meehans, 'Singing in the Station House'" by Mel Gussow, The New York Times, June 5, 1981.
    • "'Walden,' by Choset" by Stephen Holden, The New York Times, June 3, 1985.

    PERFORMING RIGHTS AFFILIATION:
    Unknown

    RESOURCES:
    Crystal Field
    Executive Director
    Theater for the New City
    155 First Avenue
    New York, New York 10003
    (212) 254-1109

    Jeffrey S. Cramer
    Curator of Collections
    The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods
    44 Baker Farm
    Lincoln, MA 01773-3004
    Tel/Fax: (781) 259-4730
    Jeff.Cramer@walden.org
    www.walden.org/collections

    MUSICAL EXECUTOR:
    Unknown

    OTHER CONTACTS:
    Ernest Lehrer (collaborator)
    30-31 Hobart Street #1P
    Woodside, NY 11377
    (718) 545-7634

    Frank Shifreen (collaborator and friend)
    290 Elizabeth Street
    New York, NY 10012
    (212) 677-4825

    ARCHIVES:
    Unknown.
    Theater for the New City archives (see Resources) has scripts, programs, some reviews, and other information.
    Ernest Lehrer has book and lead sheets for The Meehans and some songs from The Writer's Opera.
    Estate Project Music Archive has copies of some programs and reviews, and the Thoreau Society Bulletin article.

     


    index of composers »

    TOP