THE NEW YORKER, January 1, 2018 – "...the life story of one of New York's most controversial public officials is theatrical gold – and a live score of guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, and piercing vocals feels oddly appropriate. The strong cast of five – with Constantine Maroulis, of "Rock of Ages" fame, in the title role – is best when singing. And Kacie Sheik, as Vera Martin, a composite based loosely on Moses's various love interests, steals the show..."
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LETSGOTOTHETHEATER.COM by Karen Nowosad, Dec. 20, 2017 – A Contemporary Look at a Legend - A new show opened last week at the Theatre at St. Clement’s called Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses. It is a small show with five actors and a four piece on-stage band. It has a contemporary feel to it that fits perfectly in Off-Broadway theater. This show brings a unique approach to what could be a humdrum subject: history. Instead, it has an interesting story line about the legendary Robert Moses, all new songs, and a cast who work the layers and levels of the show with passion and intensity that delivers a satisfying performance theater goers will appreciate.
STAGEBUDDY.COM, Dec. 18, 2017 – Review: Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses - Ever since Hamilton we’ve been asking ourselves what goes in "the room where it happens." Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses gives us a brutal, rollicking peek.
The story, as told by Peter Galperin (concept, music, lyrics and book), is essentially one of idealism, pragmatism, and entitlement gone monumentally wrong. Moses, played by Broadway veteran Constantine Maroulis, is the embodiment of an oily, obsessive megalomaniacal politician -- as recognizable a character today as he was at the height of power in the 20th century. Moses’ legacy as an urban planner, which includes building the network of highways that connect New York City to the tristate area and the low bridges that kept buses and, by extension, minority New Yorkers from enjoying the parks and beaches of Long Island, has made him one of the most polarizing characters in New York City history. Read the full article...
THEBROADWAYBLOG.COM, by Ryan Leeds, Dec. 18, 2017 – If You Build It, They Will Come: ‘Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses' - Who knew that songs about construction and urban development could be so engaging? Apparently Peter Galperin. The musician, lyricist, and book writer is behind the new Off-Broadway musical, Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses. Galperin, a self-described “grunge rock refugee,” has recorded four CDs but this appears to be his first venture into the theater. For such a neophyte, he’s made an impressive debut, much of which rests on his dynamic score. Galperin has created an imperfect, but generally enjoyable and informative view into the turbulent career of Robert Moses (Constantine Maroulis).
Photo Flash: Constantine Maroulis and More Celebrate BULLDOZER: THE BALLAD OF ROBERT MOSES Opening Off-Broadway
BROADWAYWORLD.COM, Dec. 15, 2017 – The cast and crew of Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses celebrated the show's Off-Broadway opening on December 12th, 2017 with an opening night party at Deacon Brodie's in Hell's Kitchen. The production will run will run through Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street). BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below!
The new rock musical about Robert Moses has Music, Lyrics & Book by Peter Galperin. Karen Carpenter directs the production, which features 17 original songs played by a four-piece rock band and stars Constantine Maroulis as the Master Builder Robert Moses. Mr. Maroulis is joined by Wayne Wilcox as Nelson Rockefeller, Molly Pope as Jane Jacobs, Ryan Knowles and Kacie Sheik. Read the full article...
TDF.ORG by Brian Scott Lipton, Dec, 11, 2017 – Why a rocker was inspired to pen a bio-show about the polarizing urban planner – "There's no question that Moses viewed the city from aerial photographs; to him, it was just lines on a map."
If Peter Galperin hadn't moved to New York, he would have never written Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses, a bio musical about the controversial master builder who reshaped the metropolitan area in the 20th century. "I first came across Moses's name on a highway sign on Long Island shortly after I arrived around 30 years ago," says Galperin, who penned the show's songs and co-authored the book. "As I began to travel more around the region, his name kept popping up everywhere. I've always been a history buff, perhaps because my mom was a history teacher. I soon found Robert Caro's book about Moses, The Power Broker, and reading that was an epiphany. It explained so much about modern New York, especially how much of a mess it is traffic-wise and why there are so many highways on top of or next to each other. I read the book five or six times in just a few years."
But it wasn't until Galperin entered a songwriting contest sponsored by the New York City Parks Department in 2012 that he decided to musicalize his Moses mania. "I tried to write an up-tempo tune, something they could use as a theme song," he recalls. "But what I ended up writing was a nine-minute folk song called 'The Ballad of Robert Moses.' Not surprisingly, they rejected it." Read the full article...
FOX NEWS RADIO by Jane Metzler, Dec. 6, 2017 – The star of the show Constantine Maroulis and show creator Peter Galperin talked about Robert Moses, Nelson Rockefeller, Jane Jacobs, and rock music with host Jane Metzler on Fox News Radio. Listen to the podcast...
CLYDEFITCHREPORT.COM, Nov. 17, 2017 - On our podcast, the "American Idol" and Broadway vet discusses playing NYC's notorious master builder in a new Off-Broadway musical. Today on The Scene our guest is singer, actor and producer Constantine Maroulis. Maroulis is best known as one of the first rock singers on American Idol, where he was a fan favorite, coming in sixth overall in the show’s fourth season and returning on several occasions to perform and mentor other finalists. He continues to maintain an active music career... Listen to Constantine Maroulis on the podcast.
NEWSDAY, by Frank Lovece, Oct. 27, 2017 – Master builder Robert Moses will be the subject of a new rock musical set for a limited engagement beginning next month.
“Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses” will begin previews Nov. 25 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, on W. 46th Street in Manhattan. Starring former “American Idol” contestant Constantine Maroulis (Broadway’s “Rock of Ages” and “Jekyll & Hyde”) as the powerful and controversial urban planner, it opens Dec. 7 for a run ending Jan. 7. Karen Carpenter (the Off-Broadway hit “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”) directs.
The production marks the New York theater debut of singer-songwriter Peter Galperin, who wrote the music, lyrics and book. Read the full article...
PLAYBILL.COM, Oct. 26, 2017 – Casting is now complete for Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses, which will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway's Theatre at St. Clement’s. Rock of Ages Tony nominee and former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, as previously reported, will star in the title role.
He will be joined by Wayne Wilcox as Nelson Rockefeller, Molly Pope as Jane Jacobs, Ryan Knowles, and Kacie Sheik.
Karen Carpenter will direct the new rock musical about Robert Moses as he pushes his way through New York City, building parkways and bridges to make the city move. Performances are set for November 25–January 7, 2018.
Bulldozer features music, lyrics and book by Peter Galperin. Read the full article...