Pilgrim, the World Premiere Romantic Rock MusicalRicardo Montalban Theatre (1615 N. Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90028)
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The praise for Sir Tom Stoppard's masterpiece Arcadia could not be more effusive. A reviewer from The Daily Telegraph gushed, "I have never left a play more convinced that I had just witnessed a masterpiece." Whereas The Independent wondered if it might be "the greatest play of its time." The reason for such enthusiasm might be found in Stoppard's uncanny blend of brainy discussion and down-to-earth emotion. In this play alive with ideas -- about Byron, entropy, history and heat -- the human characters are never lost or diminished, but somehow made more real by their participation in a conversation that seems to span centuries. Set in a sprawling English country house, Arcadia moves between the 19th century and the present through a series of love stories, while characters from both eras discover connections, unearth mysteries and unravel hidden truths. Artistic Director Carey Perloff helms the American Conservatory Theater's dazzling new production of this modern-day masterwork. Learn More
11 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Apr 10 2006
Very unique production, great entertainment. Parking was a breeze. The seating in the venue is not very comfortable for anyone over 5'10 or so, but view of stage was good from just about everywhere.
We enjoyed our evening!
Written on Apr 07 2006
what would happen if kiss and cirque du solei came together to do labarynth? it would look a whole lot like pilgrim.
jessica rush was superb as anna! while ten bosch and the tinker were entertaining, she was the most genuine actor on the stage.
Written on Apr 03 2006
Great theatre and great seats. The performers were very good, the visuals were good but the story was abstract and lagged at times.
Still it was worth going.
Written on Apr 02 2006
This is one of the BEST musicals I have EVER watched in my life!!! If you like Les Miserables, Rent, and Cirque du Soleil, I think you'll really enjoy this musical! The story was about learning perseverance through trials, finding the key to one's own freedom, and having faith and hope in the future while also daring to dream. To me, the story line was so inspirational (that I was taking reflective notes while watching the play), parts of the story were funny, the music was upbeat, the actors performed remarkably well.... what more could you ask for in a musical!! It was a MAGNIFICENT show!! I loved it soooo much that I plan on going back this week to see it again & might try to help them out by volunteering for them!! I'm also going to email all of my friends to go see this wonderful show!!
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<p>Rustycup Productions presents a world premiere musical event, PILGRIM, with Book Music and Lyrics by John Stothers, Choreography and Aerial Effects by Josie Walsh, Musical Direction by Jason Nyberg and Direction by Ovation award-winner Nick DeGruccio (Side Show, Side by Side by Sondheim).</p> <p>Trapped behind walls built by the Guildmasters, the town’s oppressive rulers, two unlikely young lovers are thrust into a world of dungeons, dreams and revolution in this timeless, classic struggle for freedom. Anna, the devout daughter of a powerful Guildmaster, shocks herself and her town by taking up with the roguish pot mender, Tinker. When her reckless Tinker finds his father murdered, he lashes out at the Guildmasters, who throw him in prison -- leaving Anna alone to fend for herself. </p> <p>From an old lunatic in his cell, Tinker learns that he is the one who will lead his people out the city's Gates to everlasting freedom. All he must do is find the key... locked in his own dream world. It is there in his dreams that Tinker becomes Pilgrim, a defenseless hero facing an army of evils that thwart his quest to lead his town to freedom. </p> <p>When the stories of the Pilgrim and his search for the key are smuggled among the town, they incite courage in the residents and inspire them to rise up against their oppressors and fight for themselves.</p> <p>As the quest for the key intensifies, the two young lovers fight for their love and their lives in a world bent on building walls that keep them apart - knowing the fate of their entire world rests in their hands. </p> <p>PILGRIM's driving musical score blends elements of renaissance and rock into a contemporary musical experience. Primitive percussion, ancient instruments, and strings merge with electric guitars and synths to create a unique theatrical sound that marries the world of classic Fantasy storytelling with modern Musical Theatre in a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be described in one word…PILGRIM. </p> <p>The seeds of PILGRIM began seventeen years ago, when Pasadena composer John Stothers was looking for a story that would combine his life-long love for music theatre with the ancient journey myths. “Musical theatre is a larger than life art-form. Therefore the realm of fantasy, myth and epics are uniquely suited to the genre,” says John. Between writing, performing and studio work, John sought collaboration on his story. Each of three attempts ended without results. “No one pays you while you’re attempting to create a musical – it’s a wonder that any artists can commit to such a huge undertaking and still eat, so I understand why we never got there. I personally have a high need for closure, and the years of waiting on others to create product were excruciating. Eventually, I realized that if I was truly this passionate about the work, I had better just attempt to write the book myself. </p> <p>Finally, in 1995, a concert version of PILGRIM was presented at a private home in Pasadena to the local Los Angeles theatre community. “That night was pivotal: not only were substantial tears shed, but substantial money was raised that evening.” That was enough for John to believe that his story might resonate with a larger audience, and, after two more presentations in Southern California, John presented PILGRIM in concert in New York in 1996, at which time a producer was engaged. One more presentation followed in New York, and “again, the response was extremely positive among the jaded New York crowd. People were actually turned away at the door of the presentation.” But even with all the accolades the show was receiving, the producer was unable to pull an investment together. “The day my wife and I returned from New York with the boxes of PILGRIM files was a difficult day,” John says. “We have always had a strong sense that this work was part of our destiny, and when a door like that closes, it really throws you into a tailspin.”</p> <p>Eventually PILGRIM resurfaced with a new producing team, Rustycup Productions, and things began to move forward again. After John spent months of last year in New York , it became clear to him that the strongest launch for PILGRIM would actually be in his own backyard, where a sizeable cult following had developed over the long gestation. As the twist and turns of journeys go, the team engaged director Nick DeGruccio, who had not only built an impressive director’s resume over his last ten years, but had also been a performer that very first night in Pasadena ten years earlier. “Journeys do that, don’t they?” John says. “When we started this, who would have known we’d have to learn the lessons of the PILGRIM story firsthand? But the long road has shaped our character, and there’s no going back now.”</p>