And the Curtain Rises : A World Premiere Musical from Signature Theatre
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There is no world more intimate -- or more dangerous -- than that which exists between two people in love. Dramatic journeys into this territory are among the most powerful in theater history, from Strindberg's Dance of Death to Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But none are half as daring as Philip Ridley's mesmerizing Tender Napalm which dives headlong into a couple's imaginary world. The play's two characters are Man and Woman -- lovers who savagely fight for the upper hand in their relationship in the face of an unnamed tragedy. Never leaving their insular world, the young couple lives out a series of wild fantasies, transcending time and space in a violent and sexually charged tapestry of what was and what is to be. Learn More
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With the exception of a couple of songs and fine orchestra playing, the musical wasn't very good. The leading lady sang flat, the ballet sequences were not very good but having a gigantic girl among the other small dancers was visually jarring, almost ridiculous. Most of the singing was pretty good though (except for the leading lady).
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Set in 1866, this classic backstage tale follows novice producer William Wheatley as he finds his production in shambles: bruised egos, secret plots, romance, some skimpy costumes, an uncompromising author, and a cast on the verge of revolt. All is complicated when a French ballet troupe is forced to seek refuge in his theatre after a fire erupts in an adjacent theatre. Rather than throw in the towel and count his losses, Wheatley decides to take control and turn lemons into lemonade. Filled with outrageous characters and rich melodies, and reveling in the chaos and camaraderie of the theatre, And the Curtain Rises is a lovely valentine to an unique American art form.