Light Opera of New York to Open Season with PAGES FROM THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK, 11/19
Featuring all-new arrangements of Porter, Gershwin, Mercer, Kern, and Loesser-known gems, Pages from the American Songbook charts the interweaving stories of two couples who decide, as Cole Porter did, they're "Throwing a Ball Tonight." The concert stars Chelsea Friedlander (NYGASP's Iolanthe), Gillian Hassert (Broadway au Carre at 54 Below), Glenn Seven Allen (Light in the Piazza), and Seph Stanek (Naked Boys Singing), and is co-directed by Ben Cameron (Broadway Sessions, Wicked) and Charles Osborne (Forbidden Broadway, Hell's Belles). The concert is curated and music directed by Matthew Stephens (Fort Worth Opera, Paris Through the Window). Tickets are available at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10049936
Light Opera of New York, affectionately known as LOONY, was founded in 2006 as a professional, not-for-profit company devoted to the performance of staged operettas and operetta concerts. This past season, they presented Victor Herbert's The Only Girl and several popular concerts. In prior seasons, they presented several fully staged productions, including Friml & Stothart's Rose Marie, Victor Herbert's Eileen, Naughty Marietta, Mlle Modiste and The Red Mill, Noel Coward's Bitter Sweet, as well as classic American operettas like The Desert Song, The Vagabond King and The Student Prince. In addition, the company has performed lesser-known works, including Victor Herbert's The Magic Knight, their own English-language translation of Offenbach's Monsieur Choufleuri, Sir William Gilbert's Eyes and No Eyes, a gender-reversed version of a G&S standard, Mis(s) Trial By Jury, and an Iolanthe send-up subtitled Peer Pressure. They have performed countless concerts including a fully-staged Die Fledermaus for a private engagement. LOONY is now entering its tenth season of presenting classic operetta from a 21st-century perspective.