The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Theatre J at the Kennedy Center Family Theater
Wednesday Sept 26 – 7:30 pm & Sunday Sept 30 – 2 pm
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane By Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg,The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, her music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling with breath-taking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.
ROOMS a Rock Romance
MetroStage, Alexandria VA
Thursday, Oct 18 – 8 pm & Sunday, Oct 21 – 3 pm
Book by Paul Scott Goodman & Miriam Gordon Music and Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman Directed by Rick Hammerly
Glasgow in the 1970’s. Monica, an ambitious singer songwriter meets Ian, a reclusive rocker. They quickly become entangle creatively and romantically with their music and their quest for stardom taking them to London and New York City, discovering a vibrant new punk music scene along the way. A gritty rock musical exploring the universal desire to escape and create, to love and explore. The show won critical raves and coveted Helen Hayes Awards for its debut at Metro Stage, with rave reviews. On critic called it “ the most emotionally real and authentic musical this reviewer has ever seen.” Being brought back in its 10th Anniversary.
Silent Night * Dress Rehearsal
Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
Wednesday Nov 7 or Thursday Nov 8 (Only one night, Exact date is still TBD)
Alliance’s “Live & About” members are invited to attend the final dress rehearsal when the magic is still unfolding.
On Christmas Eve at the height of World War I, a spontaneous cease-fire arises between enemy soldiers. Based on the true story and 2005 film, Silent Night features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war.
In English, French, German, Italian, and Latin with Projected English Titles. This production of Silent Night is an original production of the Wexford Festival Opera in partnership with The Atlanta Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.
The year is 1914 and the Great War has just been declared, dividing nations and sending millions into battle. As Christmas Eve falls on a battlefield near Belgium, soldiers in French, German, and Scottish trenches begin recalling songs of home, stepping into no-man’s-land for a spontaneous truce. Once sworn enemies, they trade their weapons for merriment and camaraderie—resulting in one miraculous night of peace.
Based on the true story of a wartime ceasefire, and as depicted by the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, Silent Night makes its WNO premiere in the centennial month of World War I’s end. Alumni from our Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program join a cast composed entirely of WNO family. Featuring lyrics in multiple languages, the Pulitzer Prize–winning music captures a powerful vision of humanity and hope.
* NOTE: This is considered a Bonus Show, and seats are only guaranteed to the first 20 people who sign up for the Fall Season.
Constellation Theatre in Residence at Source 1835 14th Street NW
Wednesday Nov 14 – 7:30 pm & Sunday Nov 18 – 2pm
Music by Elton John Lyrics by Tim Rice Book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang Directed by Michael J. Bobbitt
Based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, this epic spectacular by glam music genius Elton John chronicles a star-crossed love affair between Aida, a Nubian princess kidnapped from her country, and Radames, an Egyptian captain who enslaved her people. As their forbidden love blossoms, Aida must choose between her heart’s desire and her royal responsibility to lead her people to freedom. Constellation Theater has won hearts, minds, and not just a few coveted Helen Hayes awards its gem-like work making musicals and epic theater in miniature scale but no less powerful.
A Christmas Cabaret
A Musical Conversation with Artists about Singing across Genres
Subscribers meet in December for one more date for a special Christmas Cabaret at the home of one of the Alliance for New Music Theatre’s Board Members, and, with seasonal victuals, enjoy the company and special cabaret performances from Alliance company members and friends, including a glad-tiding sing along.