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Elmer Gantry (World Premiere)

Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein
James K. Polk Theater, TPAC

Thursday March 13, 2008, 10:32 AM
Sunday November 18, 2007, 2:00 PM
Tuesday November 20, 2007, 7:00 PM

Show Length: 2 hours 40 minutes

Based on the famous book by Sinclair Lewis (and the movie version starring Burt Lancaster), the opera Elmer Gantry brings this vivid American story to the stage, with all of its power intact. As in the recent movie "O Brother, Where art thou", this opera utilizes roots gospel music mixed with classical music to etch a vivid portrait of the fictitious Evangelist Elmer Gantry, and his rise to power and fall from grace in early 20th Century rural America. Containing beautiful melodies, blended with graceful humor and searing drama, this is a production unlike any other, and not to be missed.

Co-production with Peak Performances @ Montclair State University

Stage Director John Hoomes
ConductorWilliam Boggs
Elmer Gantry Keith Phares, baritone
Sharon Falconer Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano
Frank Shallard Vale Rideout, tenor
Eddie Fislinger Frank Kelley, tenor
Lulu Baines Malinda Haslett, soprano
Reverend Baines Brian Banion, bass-baritone
Mrs. Baines Olivia Ward, mezzo-soprano
T.J. Rigg Kristopher Irmiter, bass