Rorem's Our Town Opera to Make New York Debut April 23

News   Rorem's Our Town Opera to Make New York Debut April 23 The Juilliard Opera Center will stage Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem's opera Our Town for three performances beginning April 23.

Rorem's operatic take on Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning classic features a libretto by Wilder scholar J.D. McClatchy. The production will be directed by Edward Berkeley and feature the Juilliard Orchestra.

The cast of Our Town, comprised of members of the Juilliard Opera Center, includes Marc Webster as Dr. Gibbs, Jennifer Zetlan as Emily Webb, Andy McCullough as Frank, Alek Shrader as George Gibbs, Paul Appleby as Joe Crowell, Carin Gilfry as the lady in the balcony, Paul La Rosa as the man in the audience, David McFerrin as Mr. Webb, Renée Tatum as Mrs. Webb, Jessica Klein as Mrs. Gibbs, Julie Boulianne as Mrs. Soames, Kelly Markgraf as Sam, Nicholas Bentivoglio as Simon Stimson and Alex Mansoori as the Stage Manager.

The creative team includes Ann Manson (conductor), John Kasarda (scenic design), Meredith Palin (costume design) and Lloyd Sobel (lighting design).

Wilder's 1938 play, concerning the lives of the small-town inhabitants of Grover's Corners, earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Rorem's three-act opera will play April 23 and 25 at 8 PM and April 27 at 2 PM at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, located at 155 West 65th Street in Manhattan. Tickets, priced $20, are available by phoning (212) 721-6500. For further information visit www.juilliard.edu.