BWW TV: Telling 'A Tale of Two Cities' with Aaron Lazar
Aaron Lazar was last seen on Broadway in the role of Enjolras in the recent revival of Les Misérables. His other Broadway credits include The Light in the Piazza, Oklahoma and The Phantom of the Opera. In A Tale of Two Cities he stars as Charles Darnay. In the second of a series of BWW TV interviews with the cast of the new Broadway bound musical, he discusses the epic scope of the story, the challenges of bringing a show to Broadway and the creative journey the production continues to take
Set against the epic backdrop of the French Revolution and based on the classic Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities is a musical about injustice, vengeance and the redemptive power of love. When Dr. Manette is released from the French Bastille after 17 years, he must be resurrected from the brink of madness by his daughter, Lucie. In
Jill Santoriello has written the show's book, music and lyrics. The musical is being designed by Tony Walton (scenery), David Zinn (costumes), Richard Pilbrow (lights), Carl Casella and Domonic Sack (sound). Orchestrations are by Edward B. Kessel and Bob Krogstad; arrangements are by Edward B. Kessel and Wendy Bobbitt Cavett.The musical's creative team has collectively garnered: 3 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Awards, 1 Oscar Award, 1 Emmy Award, 2 Drama Logue Awards, 1 Obie Award, 17 Tony Award Nominations, 13 Drama Desk Nominations and 1 Grammy Nomination. The show is directed by Warren Carlyle.
In the history of fictional literature, A Tale of Two Cities is arguably the most famous book titles on earth.Since its inaugural publication on April 30th, 1859, A Tale of Two Cities has sold over 200 million copies in several languages. It is the recounting of one of the most electrifying love stories ever written told against the backdrop of one of the most terrifying eras in human history.
A Tale of Two Cities is being produced by Barbra Russell and Ron Sharpe (Executive Producers), Bernard Brogan, Sharon A. Fordham, Theatre Associates / David Sonnenberg / Rami Evar, The Monagle Group, Fanok Entertainment, Mary E. Laminack, Jim Barry, Gasperino Entertainment, Vincent Russell (Producers), and William M. Broderick, Edward B. Kessel, Harry Casey, David Bryant (Associate Producers). General Management for the show is provided by Town Square Productions, Inc.
A Tale of Two Cities will open on Broadway on Thursday, September 18th at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues).
Preview performances begin Tuesday, August 19th. For more information visit, www.TaleMusical.com
Video shot and edited by E. Matthew Cady
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