The show simply rocks… making good on the premise that rock opera just might be the best way of conveying the intensity of Greek tragedy to a modern audience.
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2012
Prospect Theater Company, one of America’s leading producers of new musical theater, will kick off its 2012-2013 season with a one-night-only concert presentation of The Rockae, a hard rock musical based on Euripides’ The Bacchae featuring music and lyrics by Kleban and Fred Ebb, Award-winning writer Peter Mills, and a book by Mills and Cara Reichel (Illyria, Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, upcoming Death For Five Voices). The performance will take place at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, October 7th.
The announcement was made today by Prospect Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel and Managing Director Melissa Huber. The cast of The Rockae will feature Rock of Ages’ Mitch Jarvis and Hairspray’s Michael Cunio with Bridget Beirne (Beehive), Andrew Brewer (Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant), Sara Brophy (Iron Curtain), Matt DeAngelis (Hair), Jaygee Macapugay (Honor, Imelda: A New Musical), Samia Mounts (Once Upon a Time in New Jersey), Ryah Nixon (9 to 5 National Tour), Gordon Stanley (Iron Curtain, Ragtime), and Simone Zamore (The Flood), with more names to be announced soon.
The Rockae will be directed by Cara Reichel with musical direction by Alexander Rovang and musical staging by Marlo Hunter.
The Rockae will be performed at 7:30pm on Sunday, October 7 at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, NYC). Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets for the benefit performance ($15-$35) are available by visiting http://www.ProspectTheater.org.
Since its 2007 world premiere as a partner event of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Rockae has received further development through its collegiate premiere in August 2009 as part of Indiana University's Musical Theatre Program.
About Prospect Theater Company:
Prospect Theater Company is one of America’s leading producers of new musical theater. Since 2000, the company has fully produced 18 new musicals in New York City, in addition to mounting productions of new plays and classic works, and supporting numerous developmental opportunities for emerging musical theater writers. Prospect was founded in 1998 by five graduates of Princeton University in order to allow a diverse group of emerging theater professionals to work together in pursuit of artistic excellence and innovation. The company membership now includes a network of almost 1,000 affiliated artists. Notable productions include: Iron Curtain (2006, 2011), Myths and Hymns (2012), Cole Porter’s NYMPH ERRANT (2012), With Glee (2010), The Blue Flower (2008), Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (2009), The Hidden Sky (2010), Illyria (2002, 2008), and the Drama-Desk nominated The Pursuit of Persephone (2005).
“The show simply rocks… making good on the premise that rock opera just might be the best way of conveying the intensity of Greek tragedy to a modern audience.” — The Village Voice
“A sexy good time up until the inevitable bloody end… that leaves you in thrall to the rock ‘n’ roll god of wine and ecstasy.” — Backstage
“A rock musical that’s not only rock, but actually a musical, too. And a sizzling one… with an erotic, go for-broke urgency strong enough to make you want to join in the reveling yourself.” — Talkin’ Broadway