Myths and Hymns, a 1998 multi-genre song cycle by Tony-winning composer Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza), has been re-conceived by New York’s MasterVoices into 23 short musical films in four chapters. The first, Flight, will premiere free on YouTube this Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30 pm ET.
“We chose this work because we think it answers a deep need,” said Ted Sperling, MasterVoices’ artistic director and Tony-winning orchestrator (The Light in the Piazza). “How do we connect, find meaning and fulfillment when so many of our usual ways – gathering, singing, embracing – have become existential threats?”
Flight, which explores the possibility of finding fulfillment through escape, features a cast that includes multiple-Grammy-winning opera star Renée Fleming, singer/actress Annie Golden (Norma on Netflix’s Orange is the New Block), Tony winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I), and multiple-Grammy-winning vocal group Take 6.
The succeeding three chapters are:
Work (16 minutes), debuting Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 pm. John Lithgow, multiple Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner (3rd Rock from the Sun, The Crown), will appear in this exploration of finding fulfillment through dedication, striving, and struggle.
Love (15 minutes), debuting Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 pm. Cheyenne Jackson, currently co-starring in CBS’ Call Me Kat, will appear in this exploration of finding fulfillment through relationships with others.
Faith (20 minutes), debuting Sunday, May 2, at 6:30 pm, will explore finding fulfillment through the belief in something bigger.
Following their debuts, all four chapters will remain available on demand through June 30.
(All artwork by Mikyung Lee. Source: MasterVoices.org)
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