Easter Mysteries, A Theatrical Oratorio for a Modern Audience to be Presented This Weekend
By: Ellis Nassour
John O’Boyle’s Easter Mysteries, "a theatrical oratorio for a modern audience," will be presented this Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12 at 8 P.M. and on Palm Sunday, April 13, at 7 P.M., as a benefit for The West Side Campaign Against Hunger, at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew [263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue]. The piece has been described as having a contemporary sensibility combined with passionate storytelling and accessible melodies.
Donald Brenner will direct a large ensemble of theater talent which includes J. B. Adams (Far from Heaven, Parade), Mark Campbell (Mama Mia), Alma Cuervo (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, 1998 revival, Cabaret, Titanic, Beauty and the Beast), Michael Deleget (Goodspeed’s The Most Happy Fella), Ali Ewoldt (2006 revival, Les Miserables), Spencer Plachy (recent revivals, Romeo and Juliet, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Trisha Rapier (Sister Act, The Boy From Oz), Ken Robinson (Memphis, Baby It’s You), Michael Scott (2007 revival, 110 in the Shade, 2001 revival of Follies), A. J. Shively (2010 revival, La Cage aux Folles), and Tony-nominee Walter Willison (Two by Two, original Pippin).
Musical Direction is by Micah Young. O’Boyle, who wrote music, book, and lyrics, last season was a producer of Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Matilda.
Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization said, "John’s oratorio is both theatrical and heartfelt. It’s a modern work that will speak to a wide group, those who care about the big questions we all struggle with."
Tickets are $25 and available at www.eastermysteries.com.