Lies My Father Told Me, New Musical Based on Film, Opens Nov. 21
21 Nov 2013
The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's American premiere of Lies My Father Told Me, a new musical based on the 1975 Academy Award-nominated film that was adapted from the works of Ted Allan, officially opens Nov. 21.
Directed by Bryna Wasserman, the production began previews Nov. 10 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.
The cast features Chuck Karel, Jonathan Raviv, Russell Arden Koplin, Alex Dreier, Joe Paparella, Renee Bang Allen, Leisa Mather, Jonathan Hadley, Gordon Stanley and Ashley Brooke, who are backed by a chorus consisting of Chris Karl, Eva Amesse, Tina Mancini, Max Nussbaum, David Rosenberg, Siria Rutstein and Jeremiah Burch lll.
Performed mostly in English, Lies My Father Told Me has music, lyrics and orchestrations by Elan Kunin, musical direction and orchestra conducted by Michael Larsen, music supervision by Zalmen Mlotek and choreography by Merete Muenter.
The musical, according to press notes, "follows three generations of a Montreal immigrant family during the final great wave of North American immigration in the 1920s. Lies My Father Told Me recounts Ted Allan's childhood memories of the people and events that would shape his life."
The production also has scenery by John C. Dinning, lighting by Natalie Robin, costumes by Izzy Fields and sound by Benjamin Furiga. Christopher Massimine is the supervising producer, Marci Skolnick is the production stage manager, and Ken Larson is the production manager.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.