Jack O'Brien Directing New Opera by Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie

News   Jack O'Brien Directing New Opera by Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie Great Scott begins previews in San Diego May 7.
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Jack O'Brien is directing Great Scott, a new opera by Jake Heggie (music) and Terrence McNally (libretto), that will play the San Diego Opera's Civic Theatre May 7-15.

The cast will be headed by Nathan Gunn as Sid Taylor, Kate Aldrich as Arden Scott, Frederica von Stade as Mrs. Winnie Flato and Joyce El-Khoury as Tatyana Bakst.

Anthony Roth Costanzo is the stage manager; Joseph Mechavich conducts.

“Divorced, at the end of another relationship, the reality of motherhood diminishing, Arden Scott— the modern day woman and opera diva of Great Scott —is at a critical moment in her life,” according to press notes. “She returns to her hometown for the first time since becoming an international star, to help save her home opera company run by her mentor. The struggle of a make-or-break opera premiere is juxtaposed with the thriving Grizzlies, the home football team appearing in the Super Bowl, both happening on the same evening. Arden Scott must face the demons she left behind and the ones she lives with daily. Does disaster await her or perhaps there is hope and success on the horizon?”

Director O'Brien's upcoming projects include the Broadway revival of the The Front Page, starring Nathan Lane; and the Broadway premiere of the London hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical, for which he is now working to “get the Britishness out,” according to an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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