This production of THE GOLDEN APPLE was the first to feature a full 36-piece orchestra playing Jerome Moross and Hershy Kay’s original orchestrations.
Performances were October 24, 25, 30, 31 and November 1 @ 8:00 PM and October 26 and November 2 @ 2:30 PM in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall.
Erik Haagensen penned a very good description of THE GOLDEN APPLE in Show Music magazine. “It’s one of those musicals everybody knows is good but nobody knows. With The Golden Apple, librettist John Latouche and composer Jerome Moross virtually invented a new musico-dramatic form. This delightful show, best described as a “musical comedy opera,” offers a consistently surprising and enchanting collection of contradictions. Based on Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, it presents classical Greek myth as accessible American folklore. It combines satire and sentiment, one-liner jokes and three-dimensional characters, giddy fun and genuine ideas, all in a commercial entertainment that is also a work of art. Both a musical comedy without dialogue and an opera without operatic music, it is as capable of pleasing the tired businessman as it is the Sondheim acolyte. A recognized theatrical milestone dating from 1954, it has had little practical effect on the evolution of the musical, and yet the very form it pioneered is now the dominant commercial form of musical theatre.”
THE GOLDEN APPLE was directed by Stefan Novinski with choreography by John de los Santos. Lyric Stage Music Director/Conductor Jay Dias conducted the 36-piece orchestra playing Jerome Moross and Hershy Kay’s original orchestrations. Scenic design was by Donna Marquet, costumes were by Jennifer Madison, lighting design was by Julie Simmons and sound design was by Bill Eickenloff.
Lyric Stage’s 43-person cast included Andy Baldwin, Russell Batchelor, Jason Bias, Alex Bigus, Kim Borge, Debrorah Brown, Sarah Comley Caldwell, Alexandra Cassens, Hayden Clifton, Vicki Dean, Christopher J. Deaton, Jacqueline Doke, Joey Donoian, Corrie Donovan, Danielle Estes, Doug Fowler, Brendon Gallagher, Shannon Garcia, Martin Guerra, Preston Isham, Jackie Kemp, Kristen Lassiter, Gerard Lucero, Janelle Lutz. Lissie Mays, Ian Mead Moore, Mark Oristano, Diane Powell, Sarah Powell, Julie Rhodes, Neil Rogers, Kate Rose, Daniel Saroni, Jād Saxton, Joshua Sherman, Rachel Starkey, Jenny Tucker, Christopher Wagley, Keith J. Warren, Dennis Wees, Brandon Wilhelm, James Williams and Seth Womack.
Set in Angel’s Roost near the town of Rhododendron, Washington State, the story relocates the mythical tale of Penelope and Ulysses to the first decade of the 20th Century.
Ulysses has been fighting in the Spanish /American War but is now on his way home to be reunited with his beloved Penelope. Paris is a salesman who lands by balloon at the county fair and promptly falls in love with local farmer’s daughter, Helen. They decide to elope to Rhododendron but unfortunately Helen is already married – to the local sheriff, Manelaus. Ulysses sets out on a ten year journey to find Helen. Eventually he reaches Rhododendron where the local mayor, Hector, tries to distract him with earthly pleasures, including the attention of enchantresses Circe and Siren.
Ulysses is not distracted however, and, after a fight with Paris, brings back Helen to Angel’s Roost and her husband and he is reunited with his wife Penelope.