Cullum, McGillin, Baldwin, Opel Polish The Golden Apple in Bard Concert | Playbill

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News Cullum, McGillin, Baldwin, Opel Polish The Golden Apple in Bard Concert An Aug. 28 Bard SummerScape concert reading of The Golden Apple, the cult 1954 musical by John Latouche and Jerome Moross, will have a Broadway-caliber cast.
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John Cullum, of Urinetown and Sin, will play Hector in the reading. Howard McGillin (Into the Woods, The Secret Garden) will be Ulysses, Kate Baldwin (Guys and Dolls at Paper Mill, South Pacific in DC) portrays Helen, and Nancy Opel (Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof) is Lovey Mars. The show, which was ambitiously based on Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," relocating the action to the American Northwest at the turn of the 20th century, began Off-Broadway at the then-new Phoenix Theatre. Critical hosannahs and the New York Drama Critics Award for best musical sent it speeding to Broadway, where it nonetheless only lasted a few months. The show launched Kaye Ballard as a star.

The concert will play at the Gehry-designed Sosnoff Theater at Bard College, and feature The American Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan Tunick will conduct.

Tickets range from $25 to $55 and are available online at, by phone at (845) 758-7900, or from the box office in the Sosnoff Theater lobby.

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