satisfying new musical, with much on its mind about history,
humanity, man and God and the American Dream, is beckoning to
theatergoers with a taste for rich characters in a tale that
touches the heart, glows with humor and soothes the ear... [W]ith
its splendid cast of four and its sensitive direction by Randal
Myler... this show marks an auspicious beginning for CAP21...
The pleasure of the show's music, with Sarah Knapp as lyricist
and Steven M. Alper as composer, is that it is always at the
service of its strong characters, as are the costumes by C. David
Russell, the lighting of Jane Cox, the hair and makeup designs
of Mitch Ely, the scenery by Beowulf Boritt and the musical direction
of Albert Ahronheim.... And the four principals do themselves,
their collaborators and the generations of Hareliks proud."
- Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times
"[T]here is a hell of a lot of fresh
air blowing through the theatre... [Lyricist] Sarah Knapp...
has shaped and structured her songs with truly astonishing maturity.
Composer Steven M. Alper matches this sophistication with melodies,
arrangements and orchestration... that add musical wit and heart
to the verbal.... his is a lovely score... [A] turning point
and breakthrough for what the small musical can do, for the subject
matter it explores, and for its authors."
"[R]eal and compelling... emotionally genuine..."
- Gordon Cox
"Mark Harelik's text is based on his
same-named play, which was one of the most-produced shows of
the early 1990s. Now fashioned into an intimately scaled musical
with a cast of four, The Immigrant may well achieve similar success
all over again... Altogether, The Immigrant ably and affectionately
delivers the goods."
- Michael Sommers
"If you use creative talent as a yardstick
[it's] a bounteous production... The at once complex and accessible
score clicks into all the right places... The big downside is
the show's limited run... An enjoyable, full-bodied experience..."
C. David Russell
Abbie M. Strassler
Cromarty & Co.
|production stage manager
|hair & make-up designer
15 West 28th St.
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The Immigrant, based on the play of the same name, is the story of a young Jewish immigrant who fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia in 1909 and pushed his banana cart into the tiny Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas. Given shelter by a childless older couple, he sent for his wife, raised a family, and made this town his home. A true story of parents and children, newcomers and natives, Christians and Jews, and the realization of the American Dream.
September 13 - October 8, 2000
- Saturdays at 8 pm
Saturdays & Sundays at 3 pm
(added show 9/17, no performance 9/20)
|graphics designed by Leah Becker|
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