Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), renowned children’s author and illustrator, and Tony Kushner (Angels in America), one of the most important voices in American theater, team up to create an extraordinary theatrical event. Showcasing the power of the human spirit, Sendak’s colorful stage designs are the vibrant setting for Kushner’s adaptation of Brundibar, an opera that was composed during the turbulent years preceding World War II.
In Brundibar, a brother and sister join forces with some talking animals and a throng of children to outwit the sinister organ grinder, Brundibar, and earn enough money to buy milk for their sick mother. Performed 55 times by the children of the Terezin concentration camp, this inspiring work proved to be a powerful protest against the Nazis and continues to provide the timeless message that good can overcome evil.
But The Giraffe, a curtain raiser to Hans Krása's Brundibar, is a work of imagination based very loosely on an actual event: the smuggling of the score of Brundibar into Terezin by its conductor, Rudolph Freudenfeld. It's about a little girl who has to make a difficult decision. Tony Kushner has written this new work especially for The New Victory Theater.
Family workshops are now available. Members should call 646-223-3020 for information; non-members should call 212-239-6200.
Talk Back Performances: At select performances, company members will stick around and answer your questions. For Brundibar, talk backs are scheduled for:
Thursday, May 4 at 7pm
Sunday, May 14 at 5pm (Mother’s Day)
Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm
Saturday, May 20 at 2pm
Anjali Bhimani, Henry DiGiovanni, Matt Farnsworth, Danielle Freid, Aaron Simon Gross, Geoff Hoyle, Euan Morton, Devynn Pedell, Angelina Réaux, Martin Vidnovic, William Youmans and Rosie’s Broadway Kids
Director: Tony Taccone
Composer: Hans Krasa & Bohuslav Martinu
Production Design: Maurice Sendak
Librettos Adapted by: Tony Kushner, from Adolf Hoffmeister & Vaclav Kliment Kicpera