The World Premiere of the Most Famous Brazilian Love Story Ever Told on Broadway, “Black Orpheus”
Rick Miramontez / Andy Snyder
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FOR RELEASE ON MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014
THE WORLD PREMIERE
THE MOST FAMOUS
BRAZILIAN LOVE STORY EVER TOLD
BOOK BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
DIRECTION BY MULTI TONY AWARD-WINNER
GEORGE C. WOLFE
New York, NY – Producers Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey, and Paula Marie Black* proudly announced today that the new musical stage adaptation of Black Orpheus will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and will be directed by multi Tony® Award winner George C. Wolfe. The score will include many of the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa, and Vinicius de Moraes themes from the motion picture. The production will have its world premiere on Broadway.
Originally based on the play Orfeu de Conceição by the great Moraes, Black Orpheus resets the classic Greek love story of Eurydice and Orfeu against the back drop of a Rio de Janeiro favela during Carnival. Equal parts celebratory, erotic, haunting and tragic, Black Orpheus became an instant classic, winning the Cannes Palme d'Or and the 1959 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and introduced the world to Bossa Nova.
“We are so thrilled to bring this classic piece of Brazilian popular culture to life on stage,” said producer Stephen Byrd. “The World Cup is providing a wonderful international platform for Brazil right now, and we look forward to further spotlighting this legacy on Broadway!”
* The producers wish Brazil luck in the World Cup semifinal match against Germany.
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