Directed by Gary Slavin with musical direction by Zachary Schwartzman, the opera — described as Gilbert & Sullivan's shockingly relevant satire of imperialism and globalization — will benefit the "I Have A Dream" Foundation - New York Metro Area.
Utopia Limited, written over a century ago, features scathing political satire and demonstrates a level of resonance with current events, world finance and global politics. The work features music by Sullivan and a libretto by Gilbert.
Here’s how Blue Hill bills the production: "Well-meaning but hapless ruler controlled by conniving, self-interested cronies? Check. Vibrant, politically aware princess with progressive ideas? Check. Smooth-talking policy wonks selling their lies with song and dance? A reactionary movement that’s just a few ideas short of an uprising? Check and check! Of course, there are also romantic entanglements, glorious music, sumptuous costumes, lavish sets and unmiked singers over a full orchestra."
Since 1924, the Blue Hill Troupe has produced a large-scale Gilbert & Sullivan operetta every spring. Each year, the net proceeds benefit a different New York City charity. The Blue Hill Troupe is currently accepting proposals for its charity partner for the 2012-13 season. Click here for further information.
El Teatro of El Museo del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street. For more information and tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit http://www.bht.org.