Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris took part in a concert presentation of the new musical Futurity by Molly Rice and The Lisps' César Alvarez during the closing night of Ars Nova's Music Marathon July 24.
Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Tommy) appeared in earlier workshops of the sci-fi Civil War musical created by the Brooklyn-based band.
The musical "tells the story of Julian Munro, a young Union Soldier in the Civil War who is an aspiring inventor and science fiction visionary. Together with his brilliant mentor, the famous metaphysician Ada Lovelace, Julian escapes the horrors and monotony of his daily life by dreaming up a high-tech dystopian future. In their far-fetched visions they devise an omnipotent steam-powered artificial intelligence that is destined to end war and all of humanity’s miseries."
The presentation also featured cast members Maya Ferrara, Chelsey Donn, Grant O'Brien and Jillian Tully. Cynthia Hopkins opened the evening performing from The Truth: A Tragedy.