Queen of the Mist
Words & Music by
Michael John LaChiusa
Jack Cummings III
Transport Group Theatre Company
with major support from
The Shen Family Foundation
Queen of the Mist
is produced in association with:
Benjamin D. Goldberg & Jennifer Orr
October 18 - December 4, 2011
There is Greatness in a Single Fall
THE GYM AT JUDSON
243 Thompson Street at Washington Square South
Queen of the Mist is a world premiere musical with words and music by 5-time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Hello Again). Based on an astounding and outrageous true story, two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa stars as Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, 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 soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa’s signature complexity and insight, Queen of the Mist is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live. Directed by 4-time Drama Desk nominee Jack Cummings III (Hello Again, See Rock City & Other Destinations, The Boys in the Band), Queen of the Mist continues the long collaboration between Transport Group and Mr. LaChiusa, which includes the critically acclaimed Drama Desk-nominated productions of First Lady Suite and Hello Again.
Queen of the Mist was commissioned by Transport Group Theatre Company and is the first production of Transport Group’s ten-year cycle, “The 20th Century Project,” exploring themes from each decade in the 20th century. The show takes place during the first decade, 1900 -1910.
Queen of the Mist was first created through a developmental workshop in October 2010. For information on the workshop, click here.
Cello - Anik Oulianine
French Horn - David Byrd Marrow
Piano - Mark Mitchell
Violin - Susan French
Reeds - Martha Hyde
Bass - Jeffrey Levine
Musical Direction - Chris Fenwick
Orchestrations - Michael Starobin
Scenic Design - Sandra Goldmark
Costume Design - Kathryn Rohe
Lighting Design - R. Lee Kennedy
Sound Design - Walter Trarbach
Wig Design - Paul Huntley
Dramaturg - Kristina Corcoran Williams
"Testa... devours [her] role with riveting committment and power.” -TimeOut New York
“...Mary Testa[‘s] astute comic sense and copper-plated vocal power have made her one of the delights of our stage in recent decades.” -The Village Voice
“...the gifted LaChiusa continue[s] to treat the musical as an American art form.” -Backstage
"LaChiusa [is]... one of the most adventurous dramatists we currently have writing for the musical stage." -Broadway World
"a provocative score and inventive staging... an intriguing offering from the Transport Group." -Variety
"...a bravura piece of music... [Mary] Testa, a performer of radioactive presence and lungs of steel… has the stuff of which musical bulldozers are made.” -New York Times
"...gorgeously haunting score… Pretty damn devastating and unquestionably beautiful." -NYTheatre.com
“An imaginative new musical that is smartly crafted and distinctively composed... beautifully orchestrated... and splendidly sung." -New Jersey News Room
“Testa... prov[es] without a doubt why she is one of the most unique musical theatre performers that we have" -Lighting and Sound America
"spirited, witty melodrama” -Associated Press
“a very original and intelligent new musical” -The Examiner
“’There is Greatness in Me,’ Testa repeatedly sings throughout Queen of the Mist. She's got that right.” -TheatreMania
“entertaining, thanks to Jack Cummings III’s consistently inventive direction.” -NY Post
“a compelling, promising new musical" -Huffington Post
“Queen of the Mist is a thrilling work... ingenious orchestrations... brilliant." -Capital
“As fluidly and simply directed... Queen of the Mist is smarter than most musicals and certainly more musically engaging." -Exeunt
"rich arrangements... stylish staging... surges to life with only imagination, a few props and a talented cast." -The Daily News
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