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Medea - 2002 - Broadway

Immortalized by Euripides, the story of Medea has inspired numerous literary and musical works. Medea, the mythological sorceress and priestess of Hecate, murders her children when her husband, Jason, whom she had assisted in his successful quest for the Golden Fleece, repudiates her because he wishes to marry another woman. Traditional renditions of the story have portrayed Medea as a demonic figure, but Cherubini and his librettist, François-Benoit Hoffmann, while conveying the sheer horror of Medea's actions, bring out the humanity of a woman who is driven to unspeakable crimes by unbearable pain. In the France of 1797, the story of Medea could have easily been interpreted as an allegory of the Revolution who devours her own children. Cherubini's work is a brilliant synthesis of several types of opera: opéra comique, tragédie lyrique, Gluck's operatic style, and the allegorical opera of the French Revolution. In this opera, Cherubini's mastery of harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration -- which often anticipates the orchestral sound of Beethoven -- truly comes to the fore. Cherubini's peerless handling of musical form and drama rewards the listener with an extraordinary operatic experience. Beethoven admired Cherubini above all his contemporaries, and Medea was not only a source of inspiration but a model as well for Fidelio.


Brooks Atkinson Theatre

(New York, NY)
256 W. 47th St.
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2020
WP Theater announced today that Rebecca Martinez and Cori Thomas will be joining the staff as BOLD Associate Artistic Director and Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence, respectively.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2020
Long recognized for its dedication to creating new work for the theater, Los Angeles-based Echo Theater Company is uniquely positioned to nurture the next generation of playwrights during the current public health crisis.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2020
Two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser and writer-director Aaron Mark have released a free studio recording of the horror monologue play SQUEAMISH. Written by Mark specifically for Fraser, SQUEAMISH premiered Off-Broadway in 2017 at Theatre Row, presented by All For One Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2020
The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG) announced that THE SAVAGE SECONDS, a new, experimental opera, will be premiering online June 4-10, 2020. The production will be presented by Undermain Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a FREE Facebook Live presentation: SHARK! Written and Performed by the John Fisher on May 7, 2020 at 8pm.
by Stephi Wild - May 29, 2020
Today's top stories: The New York Times will celebrate the 19/20 Broadway season, Ryan Murphy aims to run The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me on Broadway, and more!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
Syracuse Stage celebrates a new translation of a classic Greek tragedy as the a?oeCold Read Festival of New Playsa?? moves online to present a reading of Euripides' a?oeMedea.a??
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a FREE Facebook Live presentation, KATO/CATO, conceived and performed by John Fisher, on May 28, 2020 at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2020
The Civilians, the award-winning New York-based theater company, presents the ninth annual R&D Group FINDINGS Series. 
by Stage Tube - May 14, 2020
Symphony Space has launched a virtual edition of its Selected Shorts series! Watch Bobby Cannavale, Emily Skeggs, Maulik Pancholy, and Allison Williams perform stories that speak to the heart.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2020
This Sunday, May 17th at 7pm EST Professional Performance Prep's (The Prep) pro-track private voice and acting students will perform in a 2-part Instagram Live cabaret to benefit The Actors Fund.
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a FREE Live Zoom presentation: ZOOM CATASTROPHE! Conceived by John Fisher, Co-Creator Joe Tally, Performed by John Fisher, Joe Tally, and Simon Zeus.
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2020
For over 30 years, Selected Shorts has united great actors with extraordinary short stories and presented them as captivating literature in performance to enraptured New York audiences, live from the stage at Symphony Space as well as from our hit weekly public radio show.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2020
Queensland Performing Arts Centre and acclaimed Brisbane Theatre Collective MYTHS MADE HERE will present a modern take on the ancient Greek tragedy MEDEA. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents AN ODE TO ORDE: The Orde Wingate Story, written and performed by the John Fisher, on April 2, 2020 at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2020
Organized by Yara Travieso and Brighid Greene of La Medeaa?" a Creative Capital project that, as an immersive musical and simulcast film, re-imagines Euripides' myth into a Latin-disco-pop-feminist variety showa?" the panel will focus on livestreaming for artists and art institutions from creative, curatorial, and technical perspectives.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2020
Following the announcement from the UK Government for all UK schools to close in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Theatre Collection will now be available to pupils and teachers at state schools and state-funded further education colleges via remote access in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2020
Celebrating their ninth year with their most ambitious work to date, the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group will premiere a new, experimental opera, THE SAVAGE SECONDS, at Undermain Theatre in the summer of 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2020
QPAC has announced the closure of its theatres through April 30.
by Karen Bovard - Mar 12, 2020
Euripides' BACCHAE is one of the bloodiest of the Greek tragedies we have: a grisly tale of how violently the capricious Olympian gods can retaliate on mortals if they feel disrespected. Here, the god in question is Dionysus, god of wine, passion, fertility--and theater. As played by Ellen Lauren, he's sinewy and androgynous and lewd: part Mick Jagger, part mad imp.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2020
Gamut Theatre will be implementing the recommendations of PA Governor Tom Wolf by making the following changes effective Friday, March 13, 2020:
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2020
With an online reading of Charles Martin's new translation of 'Medea' scheduled for this weekend, Syracuse Stage has announced a live online panel discussion, 'Medea and the Moment,' for Monday, June 8 to discuss issues related to current events that are addressed in Euripides' tragedy.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2020
Sir Ian McKellen will step into the iconic shoes of William Shakespeare's Hamlet in an upcoming age-blind production of the play at Theatre Royal Windsor, returning the actor to a role he first performed fifty years ago. 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a FREE Zoom/Facebook Live presentation of PRIDE: Frank Kameny - Eyes on the Stars, conceived and performed by John Fisher.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2020
Tune in right here at 7:30pm to watch The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards and check back for a full list of winners, updating live!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2020
The National Theatre today announces a further five productions that will be streamed as a part of the National Theatre at Home series.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2020
Today (July 9) in live streaming: The Public Theater premieres The Line, Bernadette Peters visits Stars in the House, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2020
National Theatre at Home is back this week with Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea. Helen McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell reunite following the acclaimed Medea in 2014. The Deep Blue Sea is streaming from 7pm UK time (2pm EDT) today through Thursday, July 16.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2020
The Echo Theater Company, named LA Weekly's a?oeBest Bet for Ballsy Original Plays,a?? presents an online reading of a three-course play with recipes by Kira Obolensky. Ingredients: a middle-class Midwestern family, a modest urban kitchen, a larger-than-life mother who visits, a striving woman, a somewhat supportive man, and a daughter named Hurricane. Mix with the world outside, the never-ending attempt to nourish and be nourished, and a 21-year time span filled with changes, both epic and ever so small.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 22, 2020
Today's top stories: the 2013 cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will reunite this week, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros Presents a Free Zoom/Facebook Live Presentation, JOHNSON, conceived and performed by John Fisher, on July 2, 2020 at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a free Zoom/Facebook Live presentation, GROWING UP: THE WORLD IN 1976, conceived and performed by John Fisher, for free on July 23, 2020 at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2020
At 7:30 pm. EDT on Saturday, July 11, the Hangar Theatre Company will perform a virtual production of Queens Girl in the World, directed by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr.
by Andrew Child - Jul 1, 2020
In Women Behind the Curtain, Michael Lin weaves a narrative about a French spy, Renee, on a mission in Cold War Moscow. When a suspiciously-invested secretary, Aleksandra, joins her in her covert travels, the two are set on an action-packed journey through mistrusted informants, double agents, and scenarios that raise questions
by Roger Catlin - Feb 24, 2020
Walking into the Nu Sass world premiere 'Weep' is like stepping into the living and work space of its characters.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
Never Not Once, by the award-winning American playwright Carey Crim, is a poignant and emotionally gripping new drama about what happens when a family is forced to confront an unexpected and explosive answer to the question a?oeWhere do I come from?a??
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
The Broadway community mourns the loss of beloved actress, director, and multiple Tony Award® winner Zoe Caldwell, who passed away on February 16, 2020 at age 86. To commemorate her life and work, the lights of all Broadway theatres in New York will dim for one minute on Friday, February 28th at exactly 7:45pm.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2020
Artistic Director Chris Coleman has announced the 2020/21 season of the DCPA Theatre Company, the producing regional theatre arm of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). The new season kicks off performances on September 18 and will feature nine mainstage productions including the world premiere of the musical Rattlesnake Kate by Colorado's own Neyla Pekarek, former member of the Grammy-nominated folk band The Lumineers, the company's first Edward Albee production in over 20 years, a fresh new adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma and the return of A Christmas Carol.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents ORDE IN ISRAEL:  Part 2 of The Orde Wingate Story, written and Performed by the John Fisher, April 9, 2020 at 8pm
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
Jun Maeda, the Obie Award-winning designer and resident set designer at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (ETC) since 1970, died on Monday, April 6 - three days after his 79th birthday - at Mt. Sinai West Hospital in Manhattan.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
a??a??a??a??a??a??a??The Drama League has announced the 2020 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much- coveted Distinguished Performance Award.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2020
London's Almeida Theatre has put together a fantastic playlist of monologues from its past productions to keep us entertained at home, including Andrew Scott performing the famous 'To be, or not to be' soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Robert Icke directed Scott in the title role at the Almeida, to great acclaim, in 2017.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2020
WRTI 90.1 is broadcasting four concerts by the talented young musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) during the month of May in 2020. Performing with exceptional soloists and conducted by Maestro Louis Scaglione, the four-week schedule includes full concerts from 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a FREE Facebook Live presentation: MURDER IN HAWAII: Clarence Darrow's Last Case, My Father and Me. The show is conceived and performed by John Fisher.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2020
Trademark Theater announces the launch of a brand-new commissioning platform today. The platform awards artists with development opportunities for their new works as well as a two-week workshop and staged reading in an upcoming season.
by Jose German Martinez Paneque - Apr 23, 2020
Juanjo Llorens y Carlos Torrijos presentan PINTANDO MUSICALES, una puesta en común acerca del impacto del diseño de iluminación en los musicales.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2020
The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards has partnered with 'Stars in the House' to live stream this year's Nominations. Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the hosts of the virtual daily series benefiting the Actors Fund, will announce the nominees.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2020
Theatre Rhinoceros presents a FREE Facebook Live presentation: THE END OF ORDE: Part 4 of The Orde Wingate Story, conceived and Performed by the John Fisher, on April 23, 2020 at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2020
The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin - Virtual Edition (Corona Cabaret) continues today, with the release of a new episode featuring special guests: Gabe Amoroso (Medea at BAM, Broadway's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Carly Post (Broadway National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof).