Friday, May 19, 2017

ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's 2017 / 2018 Season!

from our friends at ASU LOT:

Main-stage productions include Smetana's beautiful and pivotal opera "The Bartered Bride," William Finn's autobiographical musical "A New Brain," Francis Poulenc's absurdist "The Breasts of Tiresias" and Stephen Schwartz's iconic rock musical "Pippin." The Lyric Opera Theatre Lab, through which students do everything themselves including selecting titles, directing, designing and producing, will feature "Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death Of Edgar Allan Poe" and Purcell's "The Fairy Queen," based on Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream," performed outdoors in the ASU Biodesign Institute's Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden.

We will continue our New Works Reading series at ASU Kerr Cultural Center next year, presenting "The Halloween Tree" (based on the story by Ray Bradbury) in partnership with American Lyric Theater, and a new musical by ASU MFA Playwriting student Amanda Prahl and ASU alum Alexander Tom called "Til Death," in collaboration with the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

We are proud to continue our partnership with Phoenix Theatre, where we will hold select classes and our year-end Musical Theatre Showcase. Our students will also have the special opportunity to work with Maestro Tito Munoz and the Phoenix Symphony on a concert version of "West Side Story."

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“The Bartered Bride”
Music by Bedřich Smetana
English translation by Marion Farquhar
September 27, 28 and 30, 7:30 p.m.
October 1, 2 p.m.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

New Works Reading
“The Halloween Tree”
Music by Theo Popov
Libretto by Tony Asaro
Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury
Commissioned by American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director
October 29, 6 p.m.
ASU Kerr Cultural Center

“A New Brain”
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
November. 16, 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m.
November 19, 2 p.m.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Student Lab Production
“Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe”
Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Christenson
January 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m.
January 14, 2 p.m.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

“The Breasts of Tiresias”
Music by Francis Poulenc
Based on the play by Guillaume Apollinaire
February 22, 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m.
February 25, 2 p.m.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Student Lab Production
“The Fairy Queen”
By Henry Purcell
After Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
March 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m.
Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden
ASU Tempe Campus Biodesign Institute

New Works Reading
“Til Death”
Book and lyrics by Amanda Prahl (ASU M.F.A. Playwriting candidate)
Music by Alexander Tom (ASU alum)
March 25, 6 p.m.
ASU Kerr Cultural Center

Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Roger O. Hirson
April 13, 14, 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m.
April 15 and 22, 2 p.m.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Musical Theatre Showcase
April 23, 8 p.m.
Phoenix Theatre
Free admission

Opera Scenes Performance
April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
Free admission

To order tickets and find more information on the complete season, call the Herberger Institute Box Office at 480.965.6447 or visit

Ticket prices: $11 – Flash Friday, $21 – adult (for all dates except Flash Friday), $15 – faculty, staff, alumni, $12 – senior, $10 – group (minimum of 10 tickets), $8 – student.

Tickets are on sale as of Aug. 1 for the general public. Save 25% by ordering tickets to three or more Herberger Institute events per person by Sept. 15. A $2 handling fee applies to all orders, and a web per ticket purchase fee will apply.

Summer box office hours are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30–4:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday.

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