Firebrand of Florence Concert to Feature Clark, Mann, Gunn, Pittu and Christy

News   Firebrand of Florence Concert to Feature Clark, Mann, Gunn, Pittu and Christy A semi-staged concert version of Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin's 1945 Broadway operetta The Firebrand of Florence will be presented March 12 at the newly renovated Alice Tully Hall.
Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark Photo by Susan Shacter

Featuring The Collegiate Chorale and The New York City Opera Orchestra, the 7 PM performance will boast the talents of Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as The Duchess, theatre veteran Terrence Mann as The Duke, baritone Nathan Gunn as Benvenuto Cellini and soprano Anna Christy as Angela with Krysty Swann as Emilia, David Pittu as Quattro and Patrick Goss as Ottaviano di Medici. Tony winner Ted Sperling will be the evening's guest conductor. Tony Award winner Roger Rees, who will narrate the concert, will also direct.

The Firebrand of Florence features a score by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by playwright and screenwriter Edwin Justus Mayer. The operetta had a short run on Broadway in 1945.

"Benvenuto Cellini, the great Florentine artist, is sentenced to hang," according to Firebrand press notes, "but he is pardoned when the duke realizes that he has not completed a previously commissioned sculpture. Freed, he is able to turn his attention to his favorite model (and object of his affections), Angela. The Duke also is interested in Angela. In a typical operetta plot, Cellini swashbuckles around the stage, keeping the Duke away from Angela, keeping himself away from the Duchess, and escaping yet another death sentence by fleeing to Paris, as the end of the show recapitulates the beginning."

For tickets call (646) 792-2373 or visit www.collegiatechorale.org.

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