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The Cave: A Folk Opera

musicals and operas · daughters of elysium · Ages 21+ · world premiere · United States

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June 11, 2014
tagged as: magical · mythological · Lyrical · sexy

My overall impression

I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and quality of the music and lyrics by Melanie Rose Thomas. Outstanding performances by the leads, Bianca Gisselle and William Max Schneidermann, whose voices blend beautifully together.

Though there were some rough patches, I could see beyond the no-budget production and visualize it on the Broadway stage. It’s that good!

It’s not hard to imagine the orchestration and sets and extended dance segments. This show is going places!

Kudos to the director, Ariana Howell, who kept it simple and heartfelt.

It’s an archetypal story of a devoted daughter trying to rescue her father from the depths of addiction, but only to lose her own soul as the price.

By the way, it’s billed as a “folk opera” – but it’s really a rock opera without bass and drums. Can’t wait to hear it full blast some day!

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