About Lady in the Dark
The Bronx Opera Company is proud to present a rare NYC production of the landmark musical LADY IN THE DARK, with music and lyrics by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, and book by Moss Hart.
Our protagonist, Liza Elliott, is extremely successful -- she's the editor of a fashion magazine, she has several suitors vying for her affections -- but nevertheless she is miserable and cannot decide which direction she wants her life to take. She visits a psychiatrist, who delves into her feelings by way of her dreams: a dream of glamour, a dream of marriage, and finally a dream of a manic "circus" trial, in which she is forced to defend herself against the charge that she refuses to make up her mind. Will Liza ever realize what, or who, will fulfill her so that she can live her best life?
LADY IN THE DARK premiered at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway on January 23, 1941, with a cast led by Gertrude Lawrence and Danny Kaye. "The Saga of Jenny," "My Ship," and "Tchaikovsky" are the three most well-known songs in a brilliant piece of musical theatre which combines the verbal style of Hart, the always fascinating musical language of Weill, and the brilliant lyrics of Gershwin.
Bronx Opera Company was founded in 1967 by its artistic director and music director, the conductor Michael Spierman, and is run by Maestro Spierman in partnership with his son Benjamin Spierman, the company's General Director. The Company is a member of the New York Opera Alliance.
Bronx Opera Company presents two full productions each year. Its repertoire ranges from the very rarely performed to opera's "top ten." All productions are sung in English with full orchestra and chorus. Additionally, the Company presents concerts of opera excerpts throughout the year in the Bronx, Manhattan, and surrounding areas, and partners with local community schools and organizations to spread the word about the current production, create performances, and educate people in all areas of the performing arts.
In the Spring:
Bronx Opera will present Poulenc's DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES on May 6, 7, 13, & 14 at Lehman College's Lovinger Theatre in the Bronx.