Reviews for Bacchus the Musical

(formerly Pompeii)

“For the Love of Lava! Tickets to POMPEII, A New Musical are as hot as volcanic rocks. The original show, written by local resident Dorothy Papadakos, has become the first show to reach $100,000 in ticket sales at Thalian Hall.”
The Hot Spot, Wilmington Star News

“Clap for the Crème de la Crème: POMPEII The Musical voted 2006 Best Theatre Production. For a town its size, people take theatre seriously here. Opinion came at a frequent pace this year when concerning the best production. POMPEII the Musical, written and composed by Wilmington native Dorothy Papadakos, came out on top. POMPEII made for a unique and impressive stage show. Complete with scandal and love affairs, Papadakos brought the ancient story to life in showing Bacchus, the ancient god of wine, and his attempts to save the doomed city.”
Encore, Cape Fear’s Arts & Entertainment Guide

“Pompeii introduces a distinctive new voice in the American theatre, Wilmington resident Dorothy Papadakos.”
Thalian Hall Main Attractions 2005-6

“Ms. Papadakos has written an impressive body of songs. Conductor Jonathan Rose and his 15-member orchestra give the entire score richness and refinement. The cast’s vocals are impressive, combined with the ability of the musicians.”
Wilmington Star News

“POMPEII erupted to a packed house. The opening music permeated the theatre aggressively and with power that deserved the overwhelming applause it received. It’s the mischief that comes through clearly, as much of POMPEII’s humor revolves around political infidelities, with a rather catchy score suggesting it sometimes takes an eagle to kill a snake. Pompeii the Musical has already broken box office records at Thalian Hall and everybody involved can take great pride in bringing its dream this far. With so many creative minds at the helm, I doubt this musical will lay dormant for long. It’s definitely a production that shouldn’t be missed.”
Encore, Cape Fear’s Arts & Entertainment Guide

“Papadakos has met with much success in her efforts to produce POMPEII the Musical. Thousands of big name actors showed up for the show’s New York auditions, virtually unheard of for the premiere of un unknown play. The show’s creative team reads like a virtual ‘who’s who’ of industry names.”
Focus on the Coast

“Pompeii’s two week run at Thalian Hall brought out record crowds.”
Wilmington Magazine

“Never before have I seen Thalian’s stage look quite so small, and that’s not a bad thing. I pass the credit onto the larger-than-life actors who navigate confidently through uncharted territory. There is elaborate amounts of eye candy to indulge upon: textured qualities and abundance of color in the costumes, constant activity from flipping acrobats, movement and dance … all impressive features. [Pompeii’s] opening here can be something to take pride in and to be thankful for.”
Encore, Cape Fear’s Arts & Entertainment Guide

Dorothy Papadakos, Concert Organist

“Opening Night [of the 2006 Rehoboth Film Festival] set the scene as internationally acclaimed organist Dorothy Papadakos received an extended standing ovation after enthralling the crowd with her improvised accompaniment of the 1929 version of Lon Chaney’s silent film classic Phantom of the Opera.”
The Cape Gazette, Delaware, USA

“Ms. Papadakos’ program exhibited her trademark flair for presentation and drama. She put the large Möller organ through its paces in an improvised accompaniment to the 1929 The Phantom of the Opera silent film. What a treat to hear artist and organ collaborate to bring the classic images to life, through a marathon of creativity and dramatic artistry!”
Classical Voice of North Carolina, USA

“The 2004 Ampthill Music Festival was opened by Dorothy Papadakos who brilliantly improvised the showing of the silent movie Phantom of the Opera for over seventy minutes. The whole event saw me with a heightened sense of awareness.”
Ampthill Music Festival, England

“When Dorothy Papadakos climbs into the organ loft at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, she rolls up her sleeves and rocks. Formerly organist at the cavernous cathedral on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, she is known for adding jazz, African rhythms and real heart to centuries-old hymns. “She is so creative and improvisational and daring with the organ, it’s bordering on the illegal,” says Philippe Petit, the high-wire artist.”
The New York Times

“Little Orchestra Society had a charming idea for its [Lincoln Center] concert on Thursday night: concertos for exotic instruments seldom given the solo spotlight with Dino Anagnost’s orchestra. Ian Finkel, Susan Jolles, Guy Klucevesek, Robert Bonfiglio, Dorothy Papadakos and Harvey Phillips were fine soloists on the xylophone, organ, accordion, harmonica and tuba.”
The New York Times

“Renowned for her organ improvisation based on jazz and theatre roots, composer, lyricist and organist Dorothy Papadakos joins the four-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter in a musical realm which embraces the traditions of many cultures and interweaves instruments of many kinds in what they refer to as the greatest symphony on earth. This award winning body of work transcends categories, reflecting the artists’ wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the earth.”
Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

Shades of Green CD: Dorothy Papadakos brings a daring new multi-cultural programming. This is her most daring album so far. It contains brilliant, colorful organ improvisations … Papadakos always seems able to blend disparate elements into a viable whole. The people of New York are fortunate to have a versatile musician of such diverse vision performing in their midst.”

“Comfortable chairs were on hand for the [London] contemplation of Donald Moffett’s paintings The Incremental Commandments, intermittently accompanied by a sound track: organist Dorothy Papadakos improvising on Chic’s disco anthem Le Freak. She blasts away in fine style, brewing an aural mix of grandeur and banality that’s irresistible.”
Art Forum Magazine