The show opens with 3 musicians playing musical instruments, it is Mozart, Salieri and the Player; this is Tyrants Theatre latest original work, Mozart & Salieri, a wonderful musical play which I saw last night.
David Newham’s adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s classic text divides the sparsely written original into five new sections, what Newham calls “theatrical fantasias”; each one a uniquely entertaining exploration of the symbol of Mozart, his life, his music and his genius. The story is told through the eyes of the composer Salieri and his struggle to accept his own artistic limitations in the shadow of the world’s greatest composer.
Mozart & Salieri features a new musical score by Daniel Deorksen inspired by the music of Wolfgang Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Working with classical violinist Phyllis Ho, Deorksen has distilled Mozart’s most enduring melodies into a boisterous array of musical styles. The score is performed by the cast of three on piano, violin, viola, cello, accordion and voice and the show runs 1 hour and fifteen minutes with no intermission.
Mozart & Salieri stars Masae Day as “Mozart”, Cate Richardson as “The Player”, and Ottawa’s David Whitely in the role of “Salieri”. Directed by David Newham. Musical Direction by Daniel Deorksen. Assistant Musical Direction by Phyllis Ho. Choreography by Cathy Burnett. Costumes by Innes Ortner. Stage Management by Susan Currie.
Running through to March 14, 2015 at 8pm, at the Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street in Vancouver. Advance tickets available at Tickets Tonight or by phone at 1-877-840-0457
All photos by David Newham