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Next freeFall show salutes musical legend Leonard Bernstein

Bill DeYoung

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Leonard Bernstein

The next freeFall Theatre drive-in production will be an in-concert salute to American musical legend Leonard Bernstein.

Singers Emanuel Carerro and Julia Rifino comprise the cast of Leonard Bernstein’s New York, which will open April 2 in the theater’s north parking lot. Freefall began producing these shows in October, as a way to keep audience and performers at a certain distance; the Bernstein show will be the fourth such production.

The longtime conductor of the London Philharmonic, Bernstein (1918-1990) was an award-winning composer who wrote in numerous genres. Perhaps his most famous score, written in collaboration with lyricist Stephen Sondheim, was for the stage play and film version of West Side Story.

Directed by Eric Davis (who is also developing freeFall’s signature multimedia components) with musical direction by Michael Raabe, Leonard Bernstein’s New York will feature songs from that epic show, along with music from On the Town, Wonderful Town and others from the Bernstein canon. Raabe will conduct a five-piece band.

New to this production will be the availabilty of “solo” tickets, an affordable option for patrons interested in attending Leonard Bernstein’s New York individually, as opposed to paying by-the-carload. Special conditions will apply.

Leonard Bernstein’s New York will run through May 9.

 

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