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Death for Five Voices at West End Theatre



Prospect Theater Company will present a developmental production of Death for Five Voices, an original musical drama inspired by true events in the life of infamous Renaissance composer - and murderer - Carlo Gesualdo.

Featuring a book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, music and lyrics by Peter Mills and direction by Cara Reichel, Death for Five Voices will be presented at the West End Theatre from 6 - 17 Mar 2013.

Set amid the political intrigue, religious conflict and artistic vibrancy of the late Renaissance, Death for Five Voices investigates the dark harmonies of Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa - who is remembered for his unusually complex sacred music and for the extravagantly vicious double murder of his wife and her lover.

Mills and Reichel's prior collaborations include 'Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge,' 'Illyria,' 'The Rockae,' 'The Flood,' 'Honor' and 'The Pursuit of Persephone,' among other works. Mills has been honored for his work with the Cole Porter Award (2011), Kleban Prize for Lyrics (2010), and the Fred Ebb Award (2007). He is the lyricist for the upcoming Broadway musical 'The Honeymooners.'

The cast of Death for Five Voices will feature Wilson Bridges ('Signs of Life') as 'Carlo Gesualdo,' with Ryan Bauer-Walsh ('Billy Elliot'), Meghan McGeary ('The Blue Flower' with Prospect Theater Company, A.R.T. and Second Stage, Prospect's 'The Rockae'), Hannah Jane McMurray ('The Hidden Sky'), Diane Phelan (Prospect's 'Honor'), Peter Saide ('Jersey Boys') and Thom Sesma ('The Times They Are A-Changin',' 'Man of La Mancha,' 'Nick & Nora').

Death for Five Voices features scenic design by Ann Bartek, costume design is by Sidney Shannon, lighting design is by Susan M. Nicholson and musical direction Daniel Feyer.

The workshop production of Death for Five Voices continues Prospect Theater Company's 2012-2013 season which has already included new productions of 'Working - A Musical' and the hard rock concert 'The Rockar.'

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