Lyric Stage continued its 21st season with Galt MacDermot and William Dumaresq’s musical adaptation of William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy.
William Saroyan originally penned this American coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of World War II as a screenplay for MGM. Before the project became a film, Saroyan rewrote the story as a novel that was published shortly prior to the film’s release. THE HUMAN COMEDY tells the story of the Macauley family and the small town of Ithaca, California and the resiliency of the American spirit.
With a wonderful through-sung pop score, THE HUMAN COMEDY is far more an American folk opera like Porgy and Bess than it is a traditional book musical. Its score includes elements of 1940s swing, gospel, pop, folk music and traditional show tunes.
Ann Nieman directed the company of 25 actors and Scott Eckert music-directed and conducted the Lyric Stage Orchestra. Costumes were by Ryan Matthieu Smith, lighting design was by Julie Simmons and sound design was by Bill Eickenloff.
THE HUMAN COMEDY cast included David Coffee, Christopher Deaton, Christia Mantzke, Sonny Franks, Kristen Bond, Vicki Dean, Brendon Gallagher, Maranda Harrison, Mark Hawkins, Amy Fisher Hughes, Brett Warner Hurt, Delynda Johnson Moravec, Gabriel Lawson, Johnny Lee, Hunter Lewis, Gerard Lucero, Janelle Lutz, Emily McIntyre, Michael Scott McNay, Kyle Montgomery, Samuel Moran, Sarah Powell, David Price, Daniel Scandura, and Molly Welch.
THE HUMAN COMEDY ran March 21, 22, 28, 29 @ 8:00 PM and March 23 & 30 @ 2:30 PM in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall.