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Alvin Theatre (New York, NY)
250 W. 52nd St.

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Based on The Odyssey by Homer

This musical is based on the Iliad and the Odyssey. The story has been transplanted to the town of Angel's Roost, Washington, at the foot of Mt. Olympus just after the Spanish-American war. Adventure-loving Ulysses and his men return triumphant to their various women, including Ulysses's wife Penelope and Helen, a young woman married to the old Sheriff Menelaus. In honor of the returning soldiers, the townsfolk organize a fair, in which there will be a baking competition. Old Mother Hare, who supplies the women with herbs and prophecies, is left out of the festivities, but she shows up anyway. She has an apple made of gold wire that she will award to the best baker. Three important townswomen, Miss Minerva, Mrs. Juniper, and Lovey Mars, elect Paris, a balloon-riding traveling salesman to judge the contest, then promptly try to influence his vote. Lovey Mars wins because she promises him Helen. Soon Paris and Helen are wafting away to Rhododendron, the big city, as Mother Hare gleefully waves goodbye. Although Ulysses had promised Penelope that he'd stay home for a change, he immediately gathers his men and goes off to retrieve Helen.



Helen is the toast of Rhododendron for a while, until the Angel's Roost men show up and take over. Ulysses bundles her back off to Menelaus, but he and his men want to see the big city before they return. Rhododendron is mayor, Hector, sees this as his chance for revenge against the conquerors. Their late-night bender lasts 10 years, and his men vanish one by one into the maw of the city and its sinful inhabitants: Calypso (a nymph/social climber), Scylla and Charybdis (greedy stockbrokers), the Sirens (prostitutes), a crazy lady scientist who shoots men into space but can't get them back, and Circe (a magician's lady sidekick). Ulysses's last hero, Achilles, intercepts a knife aimed at him by Paris, leaving the commander the sole survivor. He does some soul-searching and returns to Penelope, who is none too pleased with him after his 10-year absence. However, he convinces her that he is staying for good this time.



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BIG RIVER, THE NEW YORKERS and THE GOLDEN APPLE Will Return to the Stage Next Year in Encores! Season
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New York City Center's Tony-honored Encores! series, led by Artistic Director Jack Viertel and Music Director Rob Berman, begins its 24thseason with Roger Miller's 1985 retelling of Mark Twain's classic novel, Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; followed by Cole Porter's 1930 Prohibition romp The New Yorkers, and The Golden Apple, John Latouche and Jerome Moross' 1954 reinvention of the Greek epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey into an all-American fable. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

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by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Park City Institute presents SERIAL: NPR's Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, on the Eccles Center Stage, Saturday April 1, at 7:30 PM. The creators of NPR's groundbreaking podcast will take audiences behind the scenes of their pioneering podcast, in their talk, "Bingeworthy Journalism." (more...)

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New Drama and Musical to Headline New York New Works Theatre Festival This Fall
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New Musical BRUSH STROKES Set for NY THEISPIS Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

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GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE Star Kristen Beth Williams to Lead Lyric Stage's CAMELOT
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Lyric Stage Celebrates 25 Years With Exciting Changes!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

The season opens September 29, 2017 with Dallas Divas and the Dallas Winds at Meyerson Symphony Center. Up next, from November 17-19, 2017 is the regional premiere of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Majestic Theatre in Dallas. The season continues at The Majestic January 19-21, 2018 with the regional premiere of the new musical, Daddy Long Legs and concludes with Frank Loesser's classic Guys and Dolls at The Majestic June 8-10, 2018. (more...)

SERIAL's Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder Coming to Kimmel Center, 5/14
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Renowned Conductors to Lead 2017 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles in Walt Disney World
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