An American Premiere!
Book: W.S. Gilbert
Music: Michael Nash,
T German Reed
direction: Michael Blum
musical direction: Erica Rome
& Michael Blum
Synopsis: W. S. Gilbert, long before he worked with Arthur Sullivan, was Victorian England's leading dramatist. In this hilarious topsy-turvy send-up of Victorian "Sensation Novels" (a genre still with us today as Romance Fiction), Gilbert gives us 5 "stock characters" who refuse to conform to society's expectations or the novel's author's plans for them -- they turn the story upside down, break all the conventions of the stage, and indulge in some VERY modern activities. This musical play, with a new score by British composer Michael Nash that incorporates some of the original (mostly lost) music, is both outrageous, touching and funny -- a window into an 1871 that was FAR from stodgy and predictable!
Performance Dates: Sept 11 - Oct 4, 2015 - Sept 11, 12, 13; 17, 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27; Oct 2, 3, 4.
Friday & Saturday - 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm
Ten Spot Thursday: Sept 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
Talk Back With Director & Cast: Sept 27, 2015
- immediately following the performance
"Musical Director Erica Rome, who has worked alongside Director Michael Blum in recreating a great deal of the text that was lost to time with this work, showcases her ability as an orchestral conductor as well as a sturdy harmonizer. Ensuring that the difficult patter and recitatives that Gilbert was well known for once he formulated his dynamic duo with Sullivan, Rome alights clear articulation into her performers as they sing through these lovely melodies and harmonies.
Blending the four and five part harmonies throughout to sound welcoming, refreshing but still classically operatic is a challenge which she rises to and meets with aplomb."