Joyful Noise (Amadeus-Like Play About Handel and His Glorious Messiah)
A joyful play that "hits all the right notes"! Clever and funny as well as inspiring. If you love Handel's Messiah, this play is a MUST SEE! This play has the feel of a juicy soap opera, with dueling diva sopranos, a plot combining religious protest, political alienation, social humiliation, and a sex scandal. Based on actual historical facts, George Frederick Handel is in trouble: his last opera flopped, he is no longer in favor with King George II and preachers are raging that his latest work is blasphemous. In this climate, he struggles to present "The Messiah." Handel's travails are linked with those of his leading soprano. Forced into retirement because of a scandal, she is slated to make her comeback in his new masterpiece and fears a nasty reception. A malicious, back stabbing alternate is waiting in the wings to replace her. A devious bishop and Handel's bulky librettist add to the conflict in this true story of the politics and passion that nearly prevented "The Messiah" from ever being performed.
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Produced by: Deborah Burke
DIRECTOR: Nancy L. Meyer
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR : Amy Wade
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Zack Kampler
STAGE MANAGER: Martha Dombrowski
GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL: Mat Young
KITTY CLIVE: Claire Howland Kenny
SUSANNAH CIBBER: Ria Ipa
JOHN CHRISTOPHER SMITH: Grady Dennis
BISHOP HENRY EGERTON : Patrick Duffy
MARY PENDARVES: Autumn Rate Arthur
KING GEORGE II: Christian Miller
CHARLES JENNENS: Timothy Huber
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