By Michael Gioia
02 Feb 2013
Directed by Bill Castellino with music direction by Christopher McGovern, the three-member company features Jason Mills (The Phantom of the Opera), Rebecca Pitcher (The Phantom of the Opera) and Tom Souhrada (Mary Poppins).
Performances are offered Feb. 2 at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Feb. 3 at 2:30 PM at The York Theatre Company in Saint Peter's.
Mardi Gras, last performed in NYC in 1959, "combines the formality of opera, the beat of Dixieland Jazz and the style of Commedia Dell'arte," according to the York. "Commissioned by WNYC's Young Artist Series in 1958, it was suggested by Carl Carmer's verse play Pierrot Grows Up and is based upon a true story from the Mardi Gras of 1872. A Russian Grand Duke hears a Burlesque Queen sing and falls head over heels; the smitten Duke loses her to Joe, an American millionaire. The hilarious love triangle (with disguises, hiding places, duels, amorous looks, and lots of high notes beautifully sung) has a surprise ending and a delightful, tuneful score."
These two half-hour operas were first presented in tandem in West Hampton, NY, in 1961. Kayden is best known to NYC audiences as the composer of Ionescopade, revived at the York Theatre last year.
The York Theatre Company is under the producing artistic direction of James Morgan and executive direction of Andrew Levine.
The York Theatre Company in Saint Peter's is located at East 54th Street (just east of Lexington Avenue). For reservations and more information, visit YorkTheatre.org.