PHOTO CALL: Hannah Jane McMurray, Diane Phelan, Peter Saide, Wilson Bridges and More in Prospect's Death for Five Voices

By Matthew Blank
March 8, 2013

Prospect Theater Company presents its inaugural “Prototype Production” with performances of Death for Five Voices, an original musical drama inspired by true events in the life of infamous Renaissance composer – and murderer – Carlo Gesualdo.

Featuring a book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, music and lyrics by Mills and direction by Reichel, the show is presented at the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. Performances began March 6 and continue through March 17.

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Hannah Jane McMurray and Diane Phelan
Photo by Richard Termine

A talkback with Mills and Reichel and other members of the production team will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 5:30pm and is free and open to the public.

Set amid the political intrigue, religious conflict and artistic vibrancy of the late Renaissance, Death for Five Voices investigates the dark harmonies of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa – who is remembered for his unusually complex sacred music and for the extravagantly vicious double murder of his wife and her lover. Featuring a sophisticated and intimate choral score, this thrilling new musical explores sexual and creative passions while illuminating the fine line between madness and genius.

Mills and Reichel’s prior collaborations include Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, Illyria, The Rockae, The Flood, Honor, and The Pursuit of Persephone, among other works. Mills has been honored for his work with the prestigious Cole Porter Award (2011), Kleban Prize for Lyrics (2010), and the Fred Ebb Award (2007). He is the lyricist for the upcoming Broadway musical The Honeymooners.

The cast features Wilson Bridges (Signs of Life) as Carlo Gesualdo, with Ryan Bauer-Walsh (Billy Elliot), Meghan McGeary (The Blue Flower with Prospect Theater Company, A.R.T. and Second Stage, Prospect’s The Rockae), Hannah Jane McMurray (The Hidden Sky), Diane Phelan (Prospect’s Honor), Peter Saide (Jersey Boys) and Thom Sesma (The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Nick & Nora).

The West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew is located at 263 West 86th Street. To purchase tickets ($25), visit or call (212) 352-3101.