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'Frankenstein' has been monstrously fun for Michael Shapiro / Hollywood Soapbox

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It has been 18 years since composer Michael Shapiro's score for the original 1931 movie Frankenstein first premiered, and almost two decades later, it still entrances audiences and has morphed into several different versions. He has found success with a chamber version of the score, plus one for a full orchestra. Then there's an edition for a wind ensemble, and he is putting the finishing touches on an operatic rendition as well.

It has been monstrously fun for Shapiro.

"It's been going on now for 18 years," the composer said in a recent phone interview. "You know, I wrote the score in 2002, and it's received 50 productions worldwide from Russia to Canada and the United States. It's crazy."

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