"New love blooms - and old loyalty dies, as Sam Adams leads a rebellion against an Empire's high taxes, heavy-handedness and invasions of privacy. A mythic, modern version of the moment Americans discovered their identity as a people."
SAT 8/16 @ NOON
VENUE #13: Sheen Center - THE LORETTO
18 Bleecker St (at Elizabeth) New York City
(Future performances MON 8/18 @ 4:45pm and FRI 8/22 @ 5:15pm)
NYTheater Now wrote: “For sheer ambition, I’m not sure that much can top The Boston Tea Party Opera.”: A mythic, modern version of the moment Americans discovered their identity as a people, this epic but accessible music-drama rides the line between traditional opera and modern musical theater. The show features an interracial cast, and touches upon the controversial yet ever-evolving meaning of the term “Tea Party.” The Boston Tea Party Opera invites the audience to compare the patterns of injustice and oppression suffered by the American colonists leading up to the Revolutionary War—and similar patterns unfolding in America today. Choreography [by Karen Gayle, an alum of Toronto Dance Theater and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center] is a significant part of the show, with poetic gestural dance used to communicate the major events including the Boston Massacre and the culminating Tea Party itself.
Listing in the NY Times:
“An entertaining show which blends inspiring music, soaring vocals, and a story that honors the birth of our glorious country.” - Robert B.
“The story of what happened in Boston... came alive for me.” - Augusta P.
“I was struck by how many heroic characters there were--of course the revolutionary times demanded that--but also by how they were different from each other. They each had their own (heroic) personalities, voices, and expressions." - Anna F.
"an impressive marriage of history and music. The lyrics and music are wonderful and a credit to the composer's talents.... entertaining and educational.” - James S.
“An entertaining way to remember the principles that made America ‘The land of the free'.” - Robert O.