Scott Stroman’s composition feels heavily influenced by Bernstein, particularly West Side Story. Indeed, Fever Pitch has a number of themes that coincide with the lovers Romeo & Juliet – the devotion between Gooner (Robin Bailey) and his beloved football team, Arsenal; the battle between supporters at a derby match; the heartache and heartbreak that comes with great love stories. Highbury Opera Theatre’s latest production charts the journey that a fanatical supporter embarks upon from the moment he falls in love with this team of choice – a relationship that lasts through thick and thin to the detriment of all else.
To chop Mozart’s The Magic Flute down into two hours, with an interval; to translate it entirely into English; to set it in a modern-day nightclub style setting, are all brave moves by OperaUpClose. Glyn Maxwell’s revised libretto, Valentina Ceschi’s direction and Alex Beetschen’s orchestration down to four instrumentalists are not perfect – understandable given the mammoth undertaking. But they are bloody close and that in itself is a huge achievement.
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Stripper’, ‘Escort’, ‘Pornstar’?
Casting for the lead roles in Highbury Opera Theatre’s Fever Pitch the Opera is announced today. The production marks 25 years since the iconic book was first published and its first musical staging.
Jean Cocteau and Francis Poulenc are two bastions of 20th century French creativity, pushing the envelope away from a traditional Romantic period into one of expressionism, serialism and altogether darker motifs. La Voix Humaine is no different – a one-woman lament on the phone to her ex-lover about how she cannot carry on without his commitment and devotion.