James Marino talks with Matt Sax and Eric Rosen about the original cast recording of their show: VENICE. Peter Filichia and Michael Portantiere join in afterward with reviews of Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Found, Big The Musical, Standard Time with Michael Feinstein @ Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall) and Edinburgh Encores – SoHo Playhouse: Signal Failure.
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, with Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks being his most recent. His columns appear at MTI, Kritzerland, Masterworks Broadway and many other places.
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadway, The Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a photographer whose work can be seen at FollowSpotPhoto.com and many other places on the internet.
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Guests: Matt Sax and Eric Rosen
The original cast recording of VENICE – the new musical produced by The Public Theater – is now available as an online exclusive with a digital booklet through iTunes, Amazon.com and other outlets. VENICE was directed by Eric Rosen with book by Rosen, music by Matt Sax, and lyrics by Sax and Rosen, as well as additional music by Curtis Moore and choreography by Chase Brock. The physical CD is a deluxe jewel case package containing a full-color 40-page booklet with lyrics, photos, a show synopsis and an essay by The Public Theater’s artistic director Oskar Eustis. The album is produced by Matt Sax, Curtis Moore and Eric Rosen, with Matt Sax serving as executive pr0ducer.
VENICE ignites the stage with a fusion of musical styles from hip-hop and rock to soaring anthems of love and hope, tracing a young man’s rise as he fights for what’s right against a backdrop of deceit and sibling betrayal. Part epic romance, part political tale, VENICE will transport you to a fallen city in the not-so-distant future where revolution is in the air, political structures are crumbling, and only the children of the city’s fallen heroes can change the course of history.
Variety hailed the show as “a new synthesis of rhythm and rock opera no fan of either art form should pass up.” According to the Associated Press, “The fine performances, kinetic imagery, haunting melodies and memorable lyrics combine to make VENICE an adventurous, winning musical experience.”
The complete cast of VENICE features Uzo Aduba (Anna Monroe), Jennifer Damiano (Willow Turner), Jonathan-David (Theodore Westbrook), Emilee Dupré (Ensemble), Claybourne Elder (Michael Victor), Semhar Ghebremichael (Ensemble), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Markos Monroe), Victoria Platt (Emilia Monroe), Angela Polk (Hailey Daisy), Devin Roberts (Ensemble), Matt Sax (Clown), Haaz Sleiman (Venice Monroe) and Manuel Stark (Ensemble).
VENICE featured scenic design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design by Clint Ramos; lighting design by Jason Lyons; sound design by Acme Sound Partners; projection design by Jason H. Thompson; and musical direction by Jim Abbott.
ERIC ROSEN (Director, Book and Lyrics) is Artistic Director of Kansas City Repertory Theatre and was Founding
Artistic Director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre (AFT). Original projects include Venice (Kansas City Rep; CTG; “Best Musical of 2010,” Time Magazine); Wedding Play (Steppenwolf, AFT, Jeff Nomination); Winesburg Ohio (Steppenwolf, AFT, Jeff Award, Arden, Barrymore Award, KC Rep); Clay (AFT, Lookingglass, CTG, Kansas City Rep, LCT3, Drama Desk Nomination, Jeff Award); and Undone, Whitman, and Dream Boy (Jeff Award). Directing credits include LCT3, KC Rep, CTG, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare, Alliance, Hartford Stage, 5th Avenue, Prince, Cincinnati, Melbourne (Australia) and workshops at Sundance, O’Neill, Playwrights Horizons, and The Public Theater. He has developed and produced over 40 world premieres, including Doug Wright’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner, I Am My Own Wife and work by Mary Zimmerman, Frank Galati, Stephen Flaherty, Moises Kaufman, among others.
MATT SAX (Music and Lyrics, Clown) is a writer, actor and musician. His one man hip-hop musical, Clay, was
presented by Lincoln Center (Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations), Lookingglass Theatre/About Face Theatre (Jeff Award), Center Theatre Group (Ovation Award Nomination), Kansas City Rep and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Prior to The Public, Venice had been presented by Center Theatre Group and Kansas City Rep. He also writes and performs in the comedy group, Sax & Dixon, whose work has been presented by Ars Nova, The Montreal Comedy Festival and The New York Fringe Festival. He is also one half of the music collective, Fellow Rebel. He is currently working on, Up & ADAM, a new musical he is developing for Center Theater Group.
MP + PF: Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Found @ Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
MP: Standard Time with Michael Feinstein @ Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall)
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