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Dear Edvard is a new music-theatre piece about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944).
Art history biopic, love story, psychological exploration and family drama, Munch is set in the same hospital room at Dr. Jacobsen’s Clinic for Nervous Disorders and Alcoholism, where the artist committed himself in 1908.
His young nurse, now elderly, confesses her long ago passion for her famous patient, and transports us back to the beginnings of psychoanalysis, sexual liberation, and the birth of modern art. Through her eyes we meet the various women in Munch’s life, and a picture emerges of the social and emotional upheavals that would affect and form the iconic artist, as well as reflecting the anxiety, self-awareness and pursuit of meaning and inner-peace that have come to define our own lives today.
This season; La Fanciulla del West (NY City Opera), West Side Story (The Philadelphia Orchestra), Brigadoon (NY City Center Gala), Dear Edvard (National Sawdust, Arena Stage). Recent theater; The New Yorkers, Lady be Good (NY City Center Encores), Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall), Bernstein’s MASS (The Philadelphia Orchestra), Carousel (Live from Lincoln Center/New York Philharmonic), South Pacific (Ash Lawn Opera), The Secret Garden (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Baltimore Center Stage). Opera- Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Festivak d’Aix en Provence, Theatre de La Monnaie de Munt, Central City Opera), L’Isola disabitata (Alice Tully Hall), Les Enfants Terribles (North Carolina Opera), Zaide (New World Symphony), Nero and the Fall of Lehman Brothers (Ensembke Echappe). Concerts with the New York City Ballet, New York Festivak of Song, Mark Morris and Paul Taylor Dance Companies. Proud Juilliard grad. Ever grateful to mom and dad. Always, Cam.
Broadway: If/Then, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Next to Normal (First National). Lincoln Center Theater: Happiness. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Price (Arena Stage), Assassins (City Center Off-Center), Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Orchestra), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse), Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores!), tick, tick… Boom! (Westport Country Playhouse), Walmartopia (Minetta Lane), The Seven (New York Theatre Workshop & La Jolla Playhouse), Long Story Short (Prospect Theatre Company), TV: Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Gotham (FOX), The Good Wife (CBS). For Johannes & Max.
Kevin Newbury (Director) is an opera, theatre, and film director based in New York City. Kevin has directed over fifty original productions and his work has been presented by many top opera companies, festivals and symphonies including the Park Avenue Armory, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Barcelona Liceu, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, The San Francisco Symphony, L’Opera de Montreal, The Prototype Festival, Urban Arias (DC), Bard Summerscape, Portland Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Opera, The Virginia Arts Festival and The Wexford Festival in Ireland. Kevin is especially committed to developing and directing new work. He has directed over two dozen world premiere operas and plays, many of which were subsequently published or recorded, including Lopez/Cruz’s BEL CANTO (Lyric Opera of Chicago, soon to be broadcast on PBS’ great performances and recently nominated for the 2016 International Opera Awards: Best World Premiere), FELLOW TRAVELERS (Cincinnati Opera, New York TimesBest Opera of 2016) and KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY (with Courtney Love, NYC and National Tour). Kevin’s two short films, MONSURA IS WAITING and STAG, have screened at a total of forty film festivals and have each won festival awards.
Music Director Paul Masse’s Broadway conducting credits include: The Scottsboro Boys, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Holler If Ya Hear Me, It Shoulda Been You, Fun Home, Avenue Q, Wicked. Over 25 other Broadway shows as a pianist and accordionist. Musical Supervisor for London’s West End production of The Scottsboro Boys. Off-Broadway: The Landing, Inner Voices (“Borrowed Dust”), Jacques Brel…. Regional: Summer Of ’42 and The Buddy Holly Story (Bucks County), Cabaret (Cape Playhouse), First You Dream (Kennedy Center, and subsequent PBS broadcast). 1st ational/LA: Wicked. Various Film/TV soundtracks. Original cast albums: The Landing, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, It Shoulda Been You, She Loves Me (2016 Revival), The Scottsboro Boys (Original Cast and West End Cast), Noel and Cole. Concert performances with NY Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and NY Philharmonic (PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Show Boat).
Steven Schoenberg is an acclaimed composer, songwriter, film composer, and improvisational pianist. His work includes film scores for Emmy-Award winning films, classical compositions, children’s music, and musical theater. HBO’s Monica and David won Best Feature Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and Farmingville was awarded Special Jury Award at Sundance. He has received numerous Meet The Composer grants for compositions that have been performed throughout the U.S. Goodspeed Opera House, The York Theater, NYU, and CAP-21 have produced Schoenberg’s staged readings of musicals and song-cycles. He co-produced and scored the music to the one-off TV show Kid Quest, which garnered two New England Emmy-Awards for PBS. As of 2015 he has recorded four noted albums of piano improvisations. Schoenberg is also co-founder and CEO at Learn With A Beat, LLC.
Librettist and gallerist Richard Michelson’s books have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker; and among the best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon. He has been a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award (3X), the National Jewish Book Award (3X), the Harlem Book Fest Award, and he is the only author, in the 49 year history of the Association of Jewish Libraries to ever be awarded both their Sydney Taylor Gold and Silver Medal in a single year. Michelson served two terms as Poet Laureate of Northampton and he is the recipient of a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. Currently, two of his books are being adapted for film and theater.
As the founder of R. Michelson Galleries he has stewarded the careers of artists as diverse as Leonard Baskin (who originally commissioned Michelson to write about Munch), Leonard Nimoy, Jules Feiffer, and Dr. Seuss. Art originally exhibited at R. Michelson Galleries now hangs in many of the most prestigious museums in America, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and the National gallery of Art.