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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Hamilton Comes to The Met!

It's finally happening. Peter Gelb has scrapped plans for this season's opening of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, and, in an effort to draw in younger audiences and raise ticket prices to truly ungodly levels, has announced its replacement: Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit, hip-hop musical HAMILTON.

Though Mr. Gelb could not yet be reached for further comment the cast list has been released as follows:

Alexander Hamilton: Jonas Kaufmann
Aaron Burr: Johann Botha
Eliza Schuyler Hamilton: Maria Guleghina
Angelica Schuyler Church: Renee Fleming
Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson: Juan Diego Florez
George Washington: James Morris
King George III: Franco Farina
Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds: Deborah Voigt
John Laurens/Philip Hamilton: Richard Bernstein
Hercules Mulligan / James Madison: Thomas Hammons

Condctor: Nello Santi

Tickets go on sale at midnight and the run is expected to sell out.


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