Einstein's Dreams, the Musical, Makes European Premiere in Lisbon

News   Einstein's Dreams, the Musical, Makes European Premiere in Lisbon The European premiere of the musical Einstein's Dreams, inspired by the spare fiction book of the same name, opens Oct. 21 at the Teatro da Trindade, Lisbon's oldest theatre.
A scene from the Lisbon run of Einstein's Dreams.
A scene from the Lisbon run of Einstein's Dreams.

The Portuguese language production runs through the end of the year. The Portuguese title is Os Sonhos de Einstein. The translation is by Cesar Viana, who also translated Fermat's Last Tango, which Trindade produced in 2004. Both shows were written by American composer Joshua Rosenblum and lyricist-librettist Joanne Lessner, who are married New Yorkers.

Rosenblum is currently represented by the Manhattan cabaret run of the musical Bush Is Bad: The Musical Cure for the Blue-State Blues, at the Triad.

Cesar Viana serves as musical director for Einstein's Dreams in Lisbon. Much of the creative team mirrors the Lisbon Fermat group, including Argentine-born director Claudio Hochman and Mario Redondo as Einstein (he also starred as Daniel Keane in Fermat's Last Tango there).

Drawn from the book by Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams was commissioned and developed with the support of Brian Schwartz, Linda Merman and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

The Lightman property is also being explored by other musical theatre writers (including book writer Albert Innaurato), with a separate version premiering in spring 2006 at Prince Music Theater. No composer has been announced.

The Rosenblum-Lessner version received several readings in New York City and at the moment there are no plans for a future production.

For information about the caustic and comic Bush Is Bad, visit bushisbadthemusical.com.

A scene from the European production of <i>Einstein's Dreams.</i>
A scene from the European production of Einstein's Dreams.