Alyson Cambridge as Vi (Photo courtesy of On Site Opera)
Courtesy of Bucklesweet Media
This 30-minute jazz opera tells the story of a love triangle gone wrong against the backdrop of a 1920s Harlem jazz club. On Site Opera & Harlem Opera Theater take up residence at the historic Cotton Club on Tuesday, June 18, Wednesday, June 19, AND Thursday, June 20, 2013. Each evening, the doors will open at 7pm with an hour of cocktails and dancing before the opera at 8pm. The dance floor will be open and cocktails will flow as a prelude to Gershwin’s jazz-infused murder romance.
Blue Monday will be conducted by Gregory Hopkins (Harlem Opera Theater) and directed by Eric Einhorn (On Site Opera) with choreography by Tony Award-winner George Faison and costumes by Candida K. Nichols. The talented African-American cast stars soprano Alyson Cambridge as Vi, an object of many men’s affections. Cambridge recently debuted the role of Julie in Show Boat at Chicago Lyric Opera, where critics noted that her “sensual, smoky readings were revelatory” (Opera News). Young American tenor Chase Taylor, a recent Metropolitan Opera National Council regional finalist, plays Joe, Vi’s gambling boyfriend. Baritone Lawrence Craig reprises the role of Tom, the club headliner, which he recorded in 1998 with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. Versatile bass Alvin Crawford (last seen on Broadway in The Lion King) and bass-baritone Clayton Mathews round out the cast as club employees Sam and Mike, respectively. Accompanied by a full orchestra featuring the Cotton Club All Stars and members of the Harlem Chamber Players.
Blue Monday ~ A one-act opera by George Gershwin
Conducted by Gregory Hopkins
Directed by Eric Einhorn
Choreographed by George Faison
Featuring Alyson Cambridge, Chase Taylor, Lawrence Craig, Clayton Mathews and Alvin Crawford with the Harlem Chamber Players and the Cotton Club All Stars
Tuesday, June 18; Wednesday, June 19; AND Thursday, June 20, 2013
7pm: Cocktails & Dancing | 8pm: Blue Monday
The Cotton Club | 656 W 125th St | New York, NY
Tickets: $20 (cocktails not included) at http://onsitebluemonday.eventbrite.com
for more information: http://www.osopera.org
UPDATE: All General Admission tickets for June 18th and 19th are SOLD OUT. A limited amount of standing room tickets for both performances will be available at a later date. To join the standing room waiting list, please email your name, number of tickets, and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org