Surrealist Theatrical Hybrid The Blue Flower at Loeb Drama Center
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The last date listed for The Blue Flower was Sunday January 2, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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Witness all the antics of America's favorite dizzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as beloved '50s sitcom I Love Lucy is transformed into a live musical. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage where a charming host will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the latest hi-fi technology that makes this new thing called "television" possible. Then, the show starts, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel get up to their side-splitting antics in the familiar cozy surroundings of their New York apartment building and at the famed Tropicana Nightclub, where The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra delights with "Babalu" and other Cuban dance numbers. In between scenes, the Crystaltone Singers will perform live advertising jingles from the show's newest sponsors (Brylcreem, anyone?) in perfect '50s-style harmony. This is your chance to be a member of the studio audience at the taping of two classic I Love Lucy episodes -- "The Benefit" (Lucy agrees to get Ricky to perform in a benefit for her women's club, as long as she is the star of the show) and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" (drops from the eye doctor make Lucy's vision blurry just as she's about to have a jitterbug audition for a movie role). Learn More
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We had high expectations for The Blue Flower and we were both extremely disappointed. Although the actors have wonderful singing voices and every movement on the stage was done with such precision and meaning, we did not find ourselves connecting with the actors. The show is way too long (70 minutes for each act) and the songs are sung at such a slow drawn out tempo that it became boring. The use of background films was a highlight however this often became a distraction from the actors that were performing. We both felt like the show could have ended at the end of Act 1. The band on the stage was outstanding and perhaps was the best part of the production.
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- "Abundant in imagery and imagination...an extravagant production." --Variety
- The Blue Flower is one of the best musicals I have ever seen. It’s a serious, philosophical, meditative work that incorporates a huge variety of art to further its impact. The storytelling is organic, moving seamlessly from past to present, from song to scene." --The Weekly Dig
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The Blue Flower rides the twisted rails of history and the tangled love interests of three artists and a scientist, from Paris during the Belle Epoque, through the battlefields of the Great War and beyond. The title of the piece is a reference to the symbol used by German romantic poets of the 18th and 19th centuries to signify the ongoing search for artistic perfection. Over time, it evolved into an emblem of hope and was adopted by other artists as a symbol for the simultaneous end and the beginning of all things, for reinvention and reincarnation.
Set in Germany at the end of World War I and the beginning of the Weimar Republic, The Blue Flower is inspired by the lives of historical figures Max Beckmann, Franz Marc, Hannah Höch, and Marie Curie. Influenced by the art movements — particularly Dada and Surrealism — and the political tenor of the day, Max, Hannah, Maria, and Franz try to make sense of the world in which they struggle to create, relate, and survive.
Their story is told through a narrative song cycle performed by seven singer/actors that blends the jagged contours of 1920's Berlin cabaret music with the lyricism of American country and western, accompanied by an 8-piece band onstage (bassoon, pedal steel guitar, cello, accordion, piano, guitar/ drums/percussion). Projections and silent film reels punctuate the narrative, moving the story forward and enveloping the audience in an environment that invokes the Dada cathedral of Weimar Germany, the Cabaret Voltaire.
The cast includes Daniel Jenkins as Max, Meghan McGeary as Hannah, Tom Nelis as Fairytale Man, Bryce Ryness as Franz, Teal Wicks as Maria, Connor Christiansen and Paul Shafer as Dada men. Set design is by Marsha Ginsberg, Costume Design by Carol Bailey, Lighting Design by Justin Townsend, and Sound Design by Clive Goodwin. Produced by special arrangement with Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Levine, and Steve Tate.
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