THE NIGHT FALLS
Music and LYRICS by Ellis Ludwig-Leone
BOOK AND LYRICS by Karen Russell
Director & Choreographer: Troy Schumacher
THE NIGHT FALLS
At times of great crisis, the Sirens emerge from the depths to sing to the lonely, the desperate, the lost. Felisberto, George, and Angela begin to suspect that the Sirens are summoning them to a Floridian tourist trap called "The Night Falls": a derelict campground and watery grotto, home of "the world's eeriest echoes." Once there, each discovers they are not alone— and that they have so much more than a nightmare in common.
The Night Falls is a new dance-driven blend of dance, opera, and musical theater choreographed and directed by Troy Schumacher (NYC Ballet), with book and lyrics by Karen Russell (Swamplandia!), music and lyrics by Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), and set design by Jason Ardizzone-West (Jesus Christ Superstar NBC). The Night Falls is new American mythology that asks if art and community can successfully combat nihilism and despair—and if humble humans can brace themselves against the song of the Sirens.
Duration 90' / no intermission
Commission The Night Falls is currently in development with American Opera Projects. The Night Falls was developed during a Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals 2018 residency.
Roles 9 singers, 9 dancers (each character is portrayed by a singer and dancer)
Instrumentation Chamber ensemble TBD
Publisher Staged performances of this work require licensing through the creators.
Official website: https://thenightfalls.net/
Development Artists David Merino, Melissa Harvey, Catherine Brookman, Ju-eh Chen, Sishel Claverie, Matthew Gamble, Laura Virella, Trevor Martin, Jessica Savage, Natasha Warner, Patrice Miller, Lilli Stein, David Arthur Bachrach, Simone Bart, Corey Caldwell, Francisco Gonzalez