Directed by Yuval Sharon | 2016
Acclaimed opera director and MacArthur fellow Yuval Sharon captures an innovative staging of Christopher Cerrone’s widely acclaimed opera, adapted from Italo Calvino’s 1972 fantastical novel. Exploring sonic qualities of decay and lushness through the use of found objects and pre-recorded voices interwoven with live voices, this production of Invisible Cities, which was a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist, took place inside Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station, engaging audience members through wireless technology amid the hustle and bustle of the train station. The opera imagines a meeting between the emperor Kublai Khan, at the end of his life, and the explorer Marco Polo, who narrates with haunting simplicity to Khan the fantastical cities of desire, of memory, and of the imagination and mind.
Post-screening Discussion and Performance
Q&A with Christopher Cerrone and Yuval Sharon, moderated by Joe Melillo (Executive Producer, BAM). Followed by a musical performance featuring vocalist Ashley Faatoalia and pianist Ray Wong.
Bernstein’s Candide, based on Voltaire’s satirical tale, is a superb fusion of Broadway flash and operatic virtuosity. Its quicksilver overture, dazzling coloratura soprano aria “Glitter and Be Gay,” sardonic “Auto-da-fé” chorus, and deeply moving “Make Our Garden Grow” finale are highlights of an ebullient and irresistible work. Performed in concert by first-rate guest artists and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Candide is an ideal celebration of the Bernstein centenary.
“Somewhere” … “New York, New York” … “Make Our Garden Grow” … Bernstein’s music wouldn’t be Bernstein’s songs without the lyrics. Join us for a fascinating inside look at his lyric collaborations.
Amanda Green, Tony Award-nominated songwriter, performer and daughter of legendary lyricist and book writer, Adolph Green, joins Rob Fisher for an examination of Bernstein’s extraordinary lyric collaborations. The Greens and the Bernsteins were lifelong friends. Get Amanda Green’s personal view and behind-the-scenes stories about Bernstein’s groundbreaking shows with her father and Betty Comden, his work with the young Stephen Sondheim, the (many!) lyricists for Candide and more.
The love affair that’s stolen Broadway’s heart.
Named BEST MUSICAL of the year by both the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle and the winner of four Tony Awards®, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the hit new musical guaranteed to sweep you off your feet—and into the arms of a story you’ll never forget.
Inspired by the Academy Award®-winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin and the Tony Award®-winning choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has captivated both audiences and critics, becoming the most honored Broadway musical of 2015. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance and state-of-the-art design results in the spectacular musical the New York Times declares “outshines anything else currently on Broadway.”