The ultimate fashion victim has inspired Marcos’ Gucci musical
THE extraordinary true crime of passion tale which brought scandal, madness and murder to Italy’s Gucci fashion house, is being turned into a hot new musical by Droxford composer Marcos D’Cruze.
And the one-off world premiere of Mrs Gucci the Concert – a prelude to the full show – performed at the Arts Theatre in London at the weekend, was hailed a big success.
Prestigious fashion magazine Italian Vogue even flew representatives over for the event, attended by around 300 people in the packed venue.
The shocking story of the murder in 1995 of the heir to the Gucci fashion house by his own wife – the ultimate fashion victim – has fascinated Italians for decades.
“In Italy, the story is massive, and the fact that we have conceived this musical around the story has really grabbed the attention of the Italian media,” enthuses Marcos, composer, producer, songwriter and flamenco guitar player, who co-wrote the show with dramatist and journalist Peter Jukes.
Rehearsals for the four-strong cast of the concert – which featured ten songs from the forthcoming show which Marcos hopes will have a full run next year– were held at the studio at his home in Droxford.
He said the story, of how Patrizia Gucci murdered her husband Maurizio after he took over the fashion house and left her, was so strong, it was a real gift for a composer.
“I love writing about women.
“They are the most fascinating, extraordinary creatures on planet Earth. She is like a female Othello – she kills the thing she loves,” he said.
There was total tragedy and despair, and total passion too, and this was a challenge.
With something so passionate, he almost had to go outside of it, verging on the clinical, to tell the narrative.
It is the biggest piece he has written and he is delighted by the reception the concert received.
“It was a total success and an amazing evening. We have an extraordinary cast of very talented people.”
This included Julie Atherton as Patrizia and Bart Edwards as Maurizio.
Marcos has backers and would like to see it have a run.
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