Saturday, February 29, 2020

review - STREET SCENE - ASU Music Theatre and Opera

The cast
photo by Reg Madison Photography

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through March 1

"...the rarely performed Street Scene ... a rare combination of opera and Broadway musical. With a score that features lush and varied music by Kurt Weill, beautiful lyrics by Langston Hughes, and a moving book by Elmer Rice, this powerful opera is receiving a gorgeously sung production from ASU...With more than two dozen songs that range from operatic arias to comedy pieces, jazz infused songs, and traditional musical theatre numbers, as well as some beautiful and rich underscoring, Weill's sweeping and sophisticated music, which received the first Tony Award for Best Score, is impressive...Under Patrick Hansen's skilled direction, the members of ASU's entire cast deliver realistic performances that are bursting with energy. Jasmine Rodriguez and Samantha N. D├ívalos are superb as Rose and Anna Maurrant...The large orchestra, under Brian DeMaris' impeccably skilled music direction, sound phenomenal..."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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