Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel & Michael Korie
Book by Richard Greenberg
Music by Scott Frankel
Lyrics by Michael Korie
Directed by Matthew White
Musical Director/Keyboard by Alex Parker
Based on the Focus Features/Vulcan Productions motion picture written & directed by Todd Haynes.
Cathy Whitaker seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut. But roiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel, with incendiary consequences.
With a score that is both jazz-inflected and hauntingly lyrical, Far From Heaven is a powerful story of romance, betrayal, and intolerance, as a woman grapples with her identity in a society on the verge of upheaval.
Richard Greenberg is an American playwright and television writer known for his subversively humorous depictions of middle-class American life. He has had more than 25 plays premiere on and off-Broadway and eight at the South Coast Repertory Theater. He is perhaps best known for his 2003 Tony Award winning play Take Me Out. The play premiered in London and also ran in New York.
Scott Frankel worked as a music director, conductor and pianist on and off-Broadway. He then became a musical theatre composer, notably through collaborations with lyricist/librettist Michael Korie. Their musical Grey Gardens premiered Off Broadway in 2006 before transferring to Broadway. Frankel received a Tony Award nomination as well as the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and The Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition.
Michael Korie is an America librettist and lyricist whose writing for musical theatre and opera includes the musicals Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven, and the operas Harvey Milk and The Grapes of Wrath. His works have been produced on Broadway, Off Broadway and internationally. His lyrics have been nominated for the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Matthew’s directing credits include: Top Hat (Aldwych Theatre, three Olivier awards), Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, three Oliver nominations), Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of Yorkʼs Theatre, three Oliver nominations),
Songs From The Stage (Royal Albert Hall), The Addams Family (Festival Theatre, Edinburgh/UK tour, WhatsOnStage award), The Boy Friend, She Loves Me, Candide and The Last Five Years (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Producers (Churchill Theatre, Bromley/UK tour), West Side Story and Kiss Me, Kate (Kilworth House Theatre), The Magic Flute(Peacock Theatre), Maria Friedman - By Special Arrangement (Donmar Warehouse), Mr Stink (Curve Theatre, Leicester/UK tour), Carousel (Grand Theatre, Blackpool/ UK tour), and Far From The Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre).
International work includes; Top Hat (Theatre Orb, Tokyo), Little Shop of Horrors (StageWest, Toronto), Cabaret and Rent (English Theatre, Frankfurt), and The Woman In Black and Perfect Wedding (English Theatre, Vienna).
Matthew’s acting credits include: Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre, Olivier nomination for Best Supporting Actor), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Chicago (Adelphi Theatre), Phantom of the Opera (Her Majestyʼs Theatre), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Shaftesbury Theatre), Children of Eden(Prince Edward Theatre), Cinderella (Old Vic Theatre), Awaking Beauty(Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Glee Club (New Vic Theatre, Stoke), and Bat Boy and Company (Southwark Playhouse).
Musical Director / Keyboard
Alex graduated from Birmingham University in 2012 with a BMus Honours degree in music.
His musical director credits include: Mame (Hope Mill Theatre/Tour), The Color Purple (Curve), My Left/Right Foot (National Theatre Of Scotland), Hairspray, Sweet Charity (Pimlico Opera), Barnum, The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (Menier), Wonderland (UK Tour), A Little Night Music 40th Anniversary Concert (Palace), South Pacific (Cadogan Hall), Merrily We Roll Along, Sunset Boulevard, Follies (Yvonne Arnaud), The Whatsonstage Awards 2015- present (Prince Of Wales). His assistant and associate musical director credits include West Side Story, On The Town (BBC Proms), Les Miserables (Queens and Dubai Opera), Stephen Ward (Aldwych), The Pajama Game (Minerva) and Soho Cinders (Soho).
Alex produced and served as the musical supervisor to the London premiere of Stephen Sond- heim’s Putting It Together at the St. James Theatre in 2013. He was also the musical supervisor for the London premiere of Working at the Southwark Playhouse in 2017.
As a composer, Alex has written five musicals with his writing partner Katie Lam. These include AmDram, All Aboard, The Railway Children and After You. After You has recently been filmed at the London Coliseum and will be available online to stream from October 2020. They have recently completed their new musical Henrietta commissioned by National Youth Music Theatre, and are also writing a musical adaptation of David Ebershoff’s book The Danish Girl.
MTFESTUK would like to thank BTA for its generous help and support in the casting of the children in Far From Heaven. Special thanks to Matthew Chandler-Garcia (CEO), Dean Johnson (Artistic Director) and Tracy Cooper (Licensing and Admin)
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