Thursday, June 23, 2016

Pelleas Goes Broadway!

While there have been successful opera productions on the Great White Way . . . The Saint of Bleecker Street, La Boheme, Porgy and Bess, etc., no one to date has taken the challenge of producing Debussy's mercurial family drama, "Pelleas et Melisande." Until now.

Legendary director John Doyle announced he's bringing his stripped down vision of "Pelleas" to the Ethel Barrymore in a production that features one of his trademarks: each character playing an instrument when not singing. The production features a newly pared down arrangement of Debussy's score arranged by William "March of the Falsettos" Finn.

Cast and orchestration details are as follows.

Pelleas: Jeremy Jordan on the English Horn
Melisande: Katherine McPhee on the Trombone
Golaud: Michael Cerveris on the Cello
Arkel: Kelsey Grammer on the Banjo
Yniold: Billy Porter on the Marimba
Genevieve: Cher on the Ukulele

Can't Wait!

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