2009-06-05 / Community

Goldman Co-stars In Musical With Eddie Money

By Jessica Durham

Eddie Money and Mark Goldman between scenes at the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts. Eddie Money and Mark Goldman between scenes at the Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts. Living in Rockaway for more than 25 years was a beautiful experience for Mark Goldman. He grew up in a supportive school system and surrounding supportive neighbors.

He also did a lot of theater in Rockaway in school programs. He said that rock and roll was popular, so he grew up listening to it all the time.

In mid-March of this year, Goldman responded to an open casting call for a musical and auditioned. Eddie Money was the producer and was also managing the auditions.

"As soon as I walked in," Goldman said, "Eddie Money started screaming, 'You could be my father! You could be my father!' " He said that he was taken aback because he is younger than Money. But Goldman gratefully took the role of Money's father in the musical, "Two Tickets to Paradise - The Musical."

"I was overwhelmed with excitement and I was quite humble that he picked me," Goldman said.

"Two Tickets to Paradise - The Musical" is an exciting two and a half hour rock and roll musical that encompasses various forms of theater, including dancing, acting, and narration. Goldman plays Dan Mahoney, the frustrated and aggravated father of Money, who doesn't want to see his son give up on his dreams to become a rock and roll star.

"The band is phenomenal," Goldman said. "The sound is unbelievable in a small setting." Goldman was referring to The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center of Five Towns College, where the musical will be performed. There are a lot of skilled professionals, Goldman said, and there are young players that portray a young Eddie Money and young band members. Money comes out and narrates the different scenes. By the end, the musical brings the audience to the present day, Goldman said.

When asked how he feels about working with Money, Goldman said that Money is an incredibly supportive performer. He is a really funny guy and is also a perfectionist; he has to get it right. "It's almost like rap at times," Goldman said, talking about the way Money sings and performs his music. "He is fitting so [much] verbiage into a short musical phrase."

John Blenn, the director of the musi- cal, is quite gifted, Goldman said. He was also very supportive.

Goldman lived in Arverne for 20 years and then lived in Rockaway Beach for 15 years. He went to P.S. 42, P.S. 198, and Far Rockaway High School. He then went to Brooklyn College and received two bachelor's degrees in television and radio production and economics. He then got a technical degree in technology and security and is now the chief technical officer for JNF (Jewish National Fund), a nonprofit organization that raises money in the states to help plant trees and build reservoirs in Israel. Goldman lives in Merrick with his wife and two daughters.

He is also the cousin of Leon Locke, former publisher of The Wave newspaper.

Goldman has recently been in the play "Peter Pan" and does "Shakespeare in the Park" every summer in Central Park and large state parks in Queens, Long Island, and Brooklyn.

His performances created 'Shakespearean groupies,' Goldman said, who want autographs.

He also does shows for senior residences. He plans to audition for major theater productions. The crew is considering putting the musical on a regional tour around the country, Goldman said.

They are trying to bring it to Broadway, but it is difficult with the economy. "Two Tickets to Paradise - The Musical" started playing this Thursday, June 4, and continues playing every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for two weeks.

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