CreateTheater will present The Golden Cage, a new musical, as part of their New Works Festival. The Golden Cage runs April 20-24 at Theater Row’s Theater Four at 42nd Street, NYC. With just two characters and a score described as Guettel-and-Sondheim-esque, The Golden Cage is a whimsical, sophisticated story for multi-generational audiences about our self-imposed cages of isolation and delusion, and the human connection that holds us together. liberate.
The Golden Cage tells the story of half-bird, half-human Boris on a lifelong quest to find the legendary Golden Cage – the ultimate symbol of safety. When he finally finds it, it’s everything the captions described, with one exception: Alphea, a grumpy, reclusive diva, lives there and says it’s a prison.
“A musical and lyrical masterpiece,” says Tony Award-nominated Paul Gordon, composer/writer of Broadway’s Jane Eyre and Daddy Long Legacy, “with a score that will remind you of both Sondheim and Guettel – but is truly the unique voice of the composer. This musical comedy for two will delight an informed public”.
Grammy-nominated Deborah Henson-Conant wrote the book, music, and lyrics, with direction by Rebecca Miller Kratzer and musical direction provided by Nevada Lozano. Christopher Isolano appears as Boris, with Maddie Allen as Alphea. The show features costumes by Evan Prizant, set design by Tyler R. Herald, and lighting by Michael Cole. Casting is provided by Cindi Rush Casting, Ltd.
The Golden Cage runs Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m., lasting approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
● Tickets can be purchased online at the Theater Row website (https://bfany.org/theatre-row/) or (https://bfany.org/theatre-row/shows/new-works-festival -presented-by -createtheater/) or by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200.
● Tickets are also available at the Theater Row Box Office, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC.
● More info about the show on GoldenCageMusical.com ( https://www.hipharp.com/goldencagemusical )
DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT (book/music/lyrics) is a Grammy-nominated composer and performer who combines stories with music in genres ranging from musical theater to symphonic performances. His musical special “Invention & Alchemy” with the Grand Rapids Symphony was nominated for the Grammy for “Best Classical Crossover Album” and appeared on PBS. Her TEDx talk chronicles her role as a musical pioneer, role model and innovator of the “DHC” body harp, which bears her name.
Rebecca Miller Kratzer (Director – she/she) is a theater and opera director based in New York. She works across and across mediums to develop new work, dismantle notions of genre, and interrogate the canon. Resident director at Helios Opera and guest director at colleges and universities. Rebecca is the former Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project and has produced and staged operas at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. She has conducted Opera Saratoga, Emerson Stage, NEMPAC Opera Project, Opera del West, Fordham University, The Footlight Club and Columbia University.
NEVADA LOZANO (Music Director) is a musical theater composer, lyricist, musical director and pianist who has served as musical assistant on Broadway productions including Oklahoma!, The Sound Inside (directed by David Cromer, starring Mary-Louise Parker) and Sea Wall/A Life (with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge). He is currently Associate Sound Effects Designer on Suffs (written by Shaina Taub, directed by Leigh Silverman) at The Public Theatre.
CHRISTOPHER ISOLANO (Boris) was recently noticed in the NY Times for originating the role of “Anxiety Monster” in the new children’s musical Petunia’s Big Day, airing from the New Ohio Theater on Eventive. A graduate of Pace University’s musical theater program, he performs regularly at Theater Aspen and Barrington Stage Company as well as Off-Broadway at Theater 555.
MADDIE ALLEN (Alphea) makes her off-Broadway debut in the new musical ‘The Golden Cage’ at the first CreateTheater New Works Fest at TheatreRow in April 2022. Maddie trained at the Globe Theater in London and recently appeared in ‘Broadway Holiday !” at the ‘Phenicia International Voice Festival’. Originally from California, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Musical Theater Program at Syracuse University.
CREATETHEATER has been helping writers develop and produce their work since the company was launched in 2016 by Cate Cammarata, an Off-Broadway producer, director and playwright. During the 2020-2022 shutdown, CreateTheater developed and/or produced over 70 shows with online readings, workshops and dramaturgical advice. For this work, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) awarded him the TRU Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2020.
In 2020, CreateTheater established a company of resident writers, The Expert’s Theater Company (ETC), to work with a small group of writers to develop their script and then guide it through to production. The New Works Festival is a collaborative series, in association with The Prism Stage Company, of members of Create Theatre’s Expert’s Theater Company (ETC), whose shows are set to premiere in New York City and then expand to New York City and the the region. www.CreateTheater.com, www.NewWorksFest.org