Highway 1, U.S.A.
Composer: William Grant Still
Librettist: Verna Arvey
Other Artistic Personnel: Fabien Sevitzky, Conductor
Original Cast: n/a
Premiere Date: May 11, 1963
Producing Company: University of Miami
Description: Bob and Mary have worked hard and sacrificed a lot in order to put Nate, Bob's brother, through college. Mary dreams of the life they will have once Nate's education is completed. Bob explains that according to his mother's deathbed wish, they must support Nate until he has established himself financially. Mary tells Aunt Lou of her hatred for Nate. After finishing his education, Nate remains idle for a year, living with Bob and Mary and contributing nothing. One morning Bob expresses his doubt that Nate will ever get a job. Nate comes in after Bob has left and commences to woo Mary. Mary laughs at him and confirms her love for Bob. Nate becomes enraged and stabs her. Mary's screams bring Bob running. Thinking that Mary is dead, Bob takes the blame in order to protect his brother. Mary regains consciousness and names Nate as her assailant. As he is led away, Nate pleads with Bob to help him. Ignoring his pleas, Bob kneels by Mary and promises a brighter future.
Reviews: The New York Times, Peter G. Davis, 12-5-77; Charleston Daily, George Armstrong, 5-1-67; Miami Hurricane, Mark O. Polo, 5-17-63; The Miami Herald, Doris Reno, 5-13-63
Length: 01:00
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: SATB Chorus
Orchestration: 2 fl (picc), 2 ob (Eng hrn), 2 cl (bcl), 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - 2 timp, perc, hp - str
Musical Style: Through-composed; tonal, with chromaticism; vocal lines vary from conversational on repeated pitches to lyrical, disjunct vocal lines.
Contact: William Grant Still Music, c/o ASCAP
E-mail Address: wgsmusic@bigplanet.com
Phone: 212-621-6327
Publisher Web Site: http://www.williamgrantstill.com
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