Prospect Theater Company will present a developmental production of DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES, an original musical drama inspired by true events in the life of infamous Renaissance composer - and murderer - Carlo Gesualdo.
Featuring a book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, music and lyrics by Peter Mills and direction by Cara Reichel, DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES will be presented at the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. Performances begin March 6, 2013.
The announcement was made today by Prospect Theater Company Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel and Managing Director Melissa Huber.
Set amid the political intrigue, religious conflict and artistic vibrancy of the late Renaissance, DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES investigates the dark harmonies of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa - who is remembered for his unusually complex sacred music and for the extravagantly vicious double murder of his wife and her lover. Featuring a sophisticated and intimate choral score, this thrilling new musical explores sexual and creative passions while illuminating the fine line between madness and genius.
Mills and Reichel's prior collaborations include Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, Illyria, The Rockae, The Flood, Honor, and The Pursuit of Persephone, among other works. Mills has been honored for his work with the prestigious Cole Porter Award (2011), Kleban Prize for Lyrics (2010), and the Fred Ebb Award (2007). He is the lyricist for the upcoming Broadway musical The Honeymooners.
The cast of DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES will feature Wilson Bridges (Signs of Life) as Carlo Gesualdo, with Ryan Bauer-Walsh (Billy Elliot), Meghan McGeary (The Blue Flower with Prospect Theater Company, A.R.T. and Second Stage, Prospect's The Rockae), Hannah Jane McMurray (The Hidden Sky), Diane Phelan (Prospect's Honor), Peter Saide (Jersey Boys) and Thom Sesma (The Times They Are A-Changin', Man of La Mancha, Nick & Nora).
Scenic design for DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES is by Ann Bartek (Prospect Theater Company's Myths and Hymns). Costume design is by Sidney Shannon (Prospect Theater Company's The Blue Flower, Iron Curtain, Honor). Lighting design is by Susan M. Nicholson (The Who's Tommy 15th Anniversary Concert). Daniel Feyer (Prospect Theater Company's Working - A Musical, With Glee and The Pursuit of Persephone, Evil Dead: The Musical) is the musical director.
The workshop production of DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES continues Prospect Theater Company's critically-acclaimed 2012-2013 season which has already included new productions of WORKING - A MUSICAL and the hard rock concert THE ROCKAE.
DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES will be presented from March 6 through March 17, 2013. Performances will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with additional performances on Sunday, March 10 at 7pm, Monday, March 11 at 7:30pm, Saturday, March 16 at 3pm and Sunday, March 17 at 3pm.
The West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew is located at 263 West 86th Street. To purchase tickets ($25), visit www.prospecttheater.org or call (212) 352-3101.