Joan of Arc
Composer: Mel Marvin
Composer Bio: Mel Marvin is a veteran of 27 years in the theatre, with over a hundred musical, incidental and operatic scores to his credit. He received a Tony nomination as a co-author of Tintypes and also wrote the music for the Broadway productions of Yentl and A History of the American Film. He has had nine shows produced Off-Broadway, and his regional credits include scores for most of America's best-known theatres, including the McCarter Theatre,Hartford Stage Company, Lincoln Center Theatre, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater, American Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and the Mark Taper Forum (where he was an associate artist and wrote the first original score for Angels in America). His best-known musicals are probably Elmer Gantry and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (now is entering its ninth sold-out season at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, directed by Jack O'Brien). The Grinch is opening on Broadway in November, 2006. Recent musical projects include Great Expectations, with author John Jakes, produced by Goodspeed Musicals, and Gold, with Timothy Mason, commissioned and produced byEngland's Royal National Theatre. His opera, Guest From the Future, commissioned by Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, premiered at the Summerscape Festival at the new Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in August, 2004 and plans are underway for a production in Russia in 2007. Buwalsky: A Road Opera, commissioned by Holland's Opera Spanga, had its premiere inAmsterdam in July, 2004 and toured in America that fall, playing NYU's Skirball Center in New York. As a director, he has been involved in the development of and has staged many new works, including the opera Different Fields, by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger, and, most recently in New York, The Scrimshaw Violin, an opera by Bruce Saylor and Jonathan Levi. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, a recipient of many grants and awards, including three from the National Endowment, and a member of several grants panels (including the AT&T Awards for 2003). He began at the Graduate Musical Theatre Program as a guest mentor in 1989, became an adjunct composer and director at NYU in 1991, joined the full-time faculty in 1995, became Head Faculty Composer in 1998, and became Associate Arts Professor in 2004.
Librettist: Laura Harrington
Original Cast: Jon Blackstone, Gregory Bouchard, Natalie Brown, Emily Browder, Michael Hance, Peter Howard, Tim Johnson, Matt Lashey, Joe Machota, Sean McGuirk, Dee Nelson, Kerry O'Malley, Michael Poisson, Tim Sawyer, Drew Sarich, Donna Sorbello
Premiere Date: January 01, 2005
Producing Company: Boston Music Theatre Project
Description: Joan of Arc is an intimate but powerful musical which breaks through legend to bring us face to face with a living, breathing, teen-aged girl. Set during the last year of Joan's life, the musical explores her strength, her courage, her visions and voices, and her final dark night of the soul. "I never asked anything of my voices save at the last, the salvation of my soul."
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Contact: Mel Marvin
E-mail Address: mm18@nyu.edu
Phone: 212 992 9325
Librettist Web Site: http://www.laura-harrington.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Joan of Arc (Tchaikovsky)
Saturday, June 3, 2006 - San Francisco Opera
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