Music, Lyrics, Book, and Orchestrations by Dave Malloy
Directed by Courtney O’Connor
Music Director Dan Rodriguez
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Cast, Creative Team, and Staff Playlist: Preludes
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.
2022/23 Season Sponsors:
G. Lee & Diana Humphrey
Production: Sponsored by Don & Nina Berk
Director Sponsor: Courtney O'Connor Sponsored by Melissa & Ernesto Anguilla
Music Director: Dan Rodriguez, sponsored by Ron Sudol
Orchestra: Sponsored by James Kamitses & Cynthia Bencal
Sound Design: Andrew Duncan Will, sponsored by Madelyn & Paul SorensenThis production includes a visual of a gun, gunshots, issues of mental health and depression.
When success and failure collide, can a young Rachmaninoff rediscover his musical genius?
Featuring incredible voices Lyric Stage audiences have grown to love joined by compelling new ones in a cast that shines. Dave Malloy's lush and exuberant compositions are interpreted by some of Boston's best musical theater performers in this musical gem that also features live on-stage Rachmaninoff pieces played by Music Director, Dan Rodriguez.
A musical fantasia, Preludes unfolds in the hypnotized mind of composer and virtuoso pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff as he attempts to overcome his writer’s block following a disastrous premiere of his Symphony No. 1 in D minor. In an array of hypnotic reveries, he is invigorated by some of the most influential artists of the time including Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Tchaikovsky. Creativity is unlocked and ignited through Dave Malloy’s (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) bewitching mashup of original compositions and Rachmaninoff’s own work that takes us on a glorious journey on an artist’s quest to secure a legacy and reclaim a voice.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
** Represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE
° Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
† Member of AFM Local 9-535
Press & Reviews:
‘In Dave Malloy's 'Preludes,' Rachmaninoff's career is decomposing | The Boston Globe | Christopher Wallenberg
“So ultimately it becomes a show about writer’s block and depression and overcoming that,” Malloy says, “but it’s also very much a celebration of Rachmaninoff’s music and legacy and what it is to be a writer and artist.”