Off Topic Messages

Anna Nicole Smith show in Brooklyn in September

Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:27 am

Sep 17—Sep 28, 2013


Peter Jay Sharp Building

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

RUN TIME: 2hrs 30min



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Part of 2013 Next Wave Festival:

BAM and New York City Opera present

Anna Nicole
Composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Libretto by Richard Thomas
Directed by Richard Jones
Conducted by Steven Sloane

Anna Nicole was commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London and premiered there in February 2011

“…an engrossing, outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving new opera.”

—The New York Times

In a brilliant marriage of lowbrow bawdiness and highbrow operatic craft, British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer: The Opera) immortalize the tumultuous life of Anna Nicole Smith—stripper, playmate, and formidable tabloid queen.

Looking to each paparazzi-plagued chapter of the star’s story—the bombshell centerfold, the devastated mother, the unlikely wife of an 89-year-old billionaire—Anna Nicole captures a woman caught between greed and exploitation. Turnage’s vibrant, eclectic score (performed by the New York City Opera orchestra and chorus) and Thomas’ razor-sharp libretto drive this operatic portrait, at once comic and tragic, of modern celebrity and one woman’s warped pursuit of the American dream.

Scenic design by Miriam Buether
Costume design by Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin & D.M. Wood
Choreography by Aletta Collins

By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.