Shadowboxer
Composer: Frank Proto
Librettist: John Chenault
Other Artistic Personnel: Leon Major (director)
Timothy Long (conductor)
Erhard Rom (scenic designer)
David Roberts (costume designer)
Nancy Schertler (lighting designer)
Kirby Malone, Gail Scott White (projection designers)
Jeanne DiBattista Croke (wig & make-up designer)
Peter Park (audio designer)
Jeremy Foil (associate scenic designer)
Jonathan Dillard (assistant lighting designer)
Michael Ingram (assistant conductor)
Justina Lee (principal coach)
Gisèle Becker, Kelly Butler (chorus masters)
Sun Ha Yoon, Sooyoung Jung (rehearsal pianists)
Maggie Villegas (stage manager)
Carolyn Black-Sotir (assistant director)
Bridget Woodbury (assistant stage manager)
Original Cast: Jarrod Lee (Joe Louis)
Duane Moody (Young Joe)
Adrienne Webster (Marva Trotter)
Peter Burroughs (Max Schmelling)
Carmen Balthrop (Lillie Brooks)
VaShawn McIlwain (Jack Blackburn)
Robert King (Julian Black)
Benjamin Moore (John Roxborough)
David Blalock (Ring Announcer)
Madeline Miskie (BEAUTY #1)
Amelia Davis (BEAUTY #2)
Amanda Opuszynski (BEAUTY #3)
Andrew Owens (REPORTER #1)
Andrew McLaughlin (REPORTER #2)
Colin Michael Brush (REPORTER #3)

ENSEMBLE:
Caroline Brent
Lauren Fox
Bridgette Gan
Monica Soto-Gil
CarrieAnne Winter
Madelyn Wanner
David Blalock
Aaron Ingersoll
James Krabbendam
Yoni Rose
Joseph Shadday
Zain Shariff
Work Web Site: http://shadowboxer.umd.edu/index.html
Premiere Date: April 17, 2010
Producing Company: Maryland Opera Studio, University of Maryland
Description: An American opera based on the life of one of the greatest boxers who ever lived. Joe Louis —“The Brown Bomber” — became a hero to the whole country in an era when a black hero was all but unthinkable. But what happens to a hero when the glory fades and the bills come due? This opera by Frank Proto and John Chenault brings the triumph and tragedy of an American icon to new life in a stunning production featuring projected images, an onstage jazz band and a 12-member chorus.
Reviews: 'Shadowboxer: Based on the Life of Joe Louis' at Maryland Opera Studio - The Washington Post 4/19/2010
Shadowboxer, the opera - Opera Today 4/24/2010
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Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: 12 Singers
Orchestration: Onstage jazz band required.
Contact: Maryland Opera Studio
Phone: 301-405-5546
Publisher Web Site: http://www.music.umd.edu/contact_us/
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