Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0823. Wednesday, 19 October 1994.
Date: Tuesday, 18 Oct 1994 16:05:15 -0400
Subject: Lear, The Musical
I am sending this message to you to see if the SHAKSPER news.list would have
any interest in the subject of a musical adaptation of King Lear. This is being
produced in Dover, NH by the Garrison Players, and will open November 11th,
1994. I have included a press release below which gives some more details.
World Premiere of LEAR, The Musical to be staged in Dover, NH.
On November 11, 1994, William Shakespeare's King Lear will come to life in
Dover, NH. This fall, almost 400 years after the 1606 premiere of the play,
Dover will play host to an all-musical adaption of this text. Lear, The Musical
is a Rock Opera composed in 1993 by Dover Native, Catherine York-Norris. It is
about Lear, King of Britain, who wishes to unburden himself in his old age by
distributing his land and wealth amongst his three daughters. This timeless
tale deals with many complex issues involved in the relationship between parent
and child, that are as much a part of our lives today as the were to
Elizabethans in 1606.
The composer, Catherine York-Norris is excited to be bringing her work home.
Now a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Catherine received her musical training at
New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. After graduating she worked as
Composer for Cornell University's Center for the Theatre Arts where she
developed the love for Shakespeare and the Theatre that inspired her to write
Lear, The Musical. "I was looking for a style that would clarify Shakespeare's
verse through music, so that this beautiful material could be shared and
enjoyed by everyone. I found this style in the music of our time. My Lear, is
in essence the wonderful brilliance of Shakespeare's poetry given new life by a
comprehensible, accessible and expressive style of music.
David Feldshuh, Artistic Director for the Cornell Center for Theatre Arts
describes York-Norris as "a very exciting and daring composer who is willing to
take on enormous challenges because of her own exceptional training and musical
ability both as a composer and a performer. Catherine has a unique ability to
synthesize diverse sources with her own musical temperament. I've found in
working with her that she can not only capture the emotion of the moment with
her musical insights, but also create a completely new resonance for that
moment through her musical creations. She shows promise to be an important
creator in American Musical Theatre.
Lear, The Musical will be at the Frederick C. Walker Auditorium in Dover, NH
from November 11-27. For ticket reservations and information, call the Garrison
Players at (603) 742-7191.