For our latest Larson Legacy Concert, we are thrilled to present a workshop production of César Alvarez’s new musical NOISE.
Book Music and Lyrics by César Alvarez
Director: Andrew Neisler
Music Director: Ellen Winter
Choreographer: Ben Hobbs
Set and lighting designer: Christopher Bowser
Costume Designer: Laura Lashley
Society doesn’t work. So maybe the solution is all around us. Embedded in the noise. NOISE
, a new musical, is inspired by a strange little piece of critical theory
, which proposes that music, as the organization of noise, was the earliest expression of civilization. And if music precedes all forms of political economy, it follows that we should be able to make a musical which designs a new and better society. Right? RIGHT?!?
While NOISE may not succeed in generating an entirely new society, it does offer some radical kindness in the package of an absurd little musical.
Featuring Michael Burgos, Caitlin Cobb-Vialet, Meg Comerford, Guillermo Alonso Contreras, Brenna Donahue, Eamon Goodman, Mary Gunther, Aigner Mizelle, Jenna Rush, Kennedy Spencer, Donte Reid, Rebecca Thompson and Ellen Winter.
Consulting Choreographer: Ana Maria Alvarez, Percussion Consultant: Eric Farber, Orchestrations by César Alvarez, Ellen Winter, Eric Farber, Eamon Goodman and Michael Burgos, Concert Producer: Victoria Flores
NOISE was commissioned and given a workshop production by Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Alvarez is composer/lyricist/librettist whose musical FUTURITY received the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. César
also received the 2016 Jonathan Larson Award. Recent credits: The Elementary Spacetime Show (FringeArts/UArts); FUTURITY
(Soho Rep/Ars Nova, A.R.T, Walker Art Center
, Mass MoCA); An Octoroon
(Soho Rep, TFANA. Drama Desk Nomination); Washeteria
(Soho Rep); Good Person of Szechwan
(LaMaMa, Public Theater. Drama Desk Nomination); César
is a Visiting Associate Professor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Artistic Director of Polyphone, a festival of the emerging musical at UArts. www.musicisfreenow.org
The Larson Legacy Concert Series at AUPAC celebrates the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT Jonathan Larson (’82). Each year, the American Theatre Wing presents emerging creators of musical theatre with The Jonathan Larson Grants. Each year, select recipients of these grants will be showcased at AUPAC in this series to help nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy. Past recipients of these grants have gone on to create the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Grey Gardens, Next To Normal, Elf, Hands on a Hardbody, A Christmas Story and many more.