MamaDrama is giving away a pair of tickets to see the Transport Group’s groundbreaking new musical QUEEN OF THE MIST. Simply visit MamaDramaNY on Facebook, “like” them and leave a comment! Drawing will be held tomorrow night.
Transport Group, the Drama Desk and OBIE award-winning theatre company has announced that the world premiere of Queen of the Mist, words and music by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa, directed by four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Jack Cummings III, will begin performances Tuesday, October 18, at 8pm, at The Gym at Judson Memorial Church, 243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South. The opening is scheduled for Sunday, November 6, at 8pm.
Based on an astounding, outrageous, and haunting true story, Queen of the Mist stars two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa as Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls—in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists, and activists. Convinced that there is greatness in her and determined not to live as ordinary, she sets out to battle her fear and tempt her fate. With a score that incorporates turn of the century themes with signature LaChiusa elements, Queen of the Mist is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.
Queen of the Mist is the inaugural production of Transport Group’s 20th Century Project, a ten-year initiative spanning ten productions, each production focusing on a different decade of the 20th century. The ten productions comprise five musicals and five plays—including three commissioned musicals, two commissioned plays, and five revivals. Queen of the Mist focuses on the decade 1900-1910.
The cast of Queen of the Mist is D.C. Anderson (The Phantom of the Opera, The Life Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby); Stanley Bahorek (See Rock City & Other Destinations, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Theresa McCarthy (Titanic, Floyd Collins); Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party, First Lady Suite); Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific, Tales of the City); Tally Sessions (The House of Blue Leaves, Yank!); and Mary Testa (On The Town, Marie Chrtistine, Xanadu, 42nd Street).
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