Baltimore's Musical Triumph Opens

News   Baltimore's Musical Triumph Opens The new musical adaptation of Marivaux's Triumph of Love opens Nov. 27 at Baltimore's Center Stage.
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The new musical adaptation of Marivaux's Triumph of Love opens Nov. 27 at Baltimore's Center Stage.

With book & lyrics by Susan Birkenhead and music by Jeffrey Stock, Triumph Of Love adapts the Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux 1732 farce, which, translated by James Magruder, was mounted in 1993 by Center Stage. Producer Margo Lion caught that performance and chose to help fund the musical adaptation, in the hopes of a spring arrival in New York.

The production is scheduled to run through Dec. 21, then transfer to Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT.

In the Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux comedy, brainy Princess Leonide goes from lust-at-first-sight to eternal love -- sidetracked only by three seductions and 14 original musical numbers. Her heart's desire, Agis, is a gorgeous but guileless exiled prince, shielded from love. Aided by wisecracking servant Corine, Leonide bends her gender and breaks "the rules" to win her Prince's heart.

Michael Mayer, director of the Angels In America national tour and New York Theatre Workshop's recent Theresa Rebeck satire, View Of The Dome, helms the production. He staged the non-musical Triumph at Off-Broadway's Classic Stage Company and has been "closely involved in the new show's development." Composer Jeffrey Stock wrote the score and libretto for The Voice Of Temperance, a workshop done at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, as well as underscoring for John Lahr's stage adaptation of The Manchurian Candidate.

Lyricist Susan Birkenhead received a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination for Jelly's Last Jam, and another Tony nomination for the Studs Terkel musical, Working. She's currently working with Arthur Kopit and Lucy Simon on a stage musical of Boris Pasternak's "Dr. Zhivago."

Susan Egan, a Tony nominee for playing Belle in Disney's Beauty And The Beast heads the Triumph cast, opposite Christopher Sieber, most recently in the Off-Broadway revival of The Boys In The Band. Robert LuPone and Mary Beth Peil play the Prince's guardians, Denny Dillon, Daniel Marcus and Kenny Raskin play the comic henchpersons. Doug Varone choreographs the show, which has orchestrations by multiple Emmy winner, Peter Matz. Heidi Landesman designed the set, Catherine Zuber the costumes, Brian MacDevitt the lighting, David Budries the sound.

Special events planned for the Triumph run include a Nov. 29 meet the-actors post-show q&a, a pre-show Pub Night Dec. 6, and $10 children's tickets Dec. 7.

Other plays by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux include The Double Inconstancy, The Game Of Love And Chance and The Dispute.

For tickets ($10-$38) and information, call (410) 481-6500.

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