LANDOR THEATRE – 2014

 

The Mistress Cycle is a new American musical with Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt and Music by Jenny Giering.  Mistress: a woman who illicitly occupies the place of wife practically speaking, anyone who comes second. Jezebel, Siren, Vixen, Enchantress, Adulteress. A musical tale of sacrifice, destruction and renewal, The Mistress Cycle is the story of Tess, a struggling 30-something photographer living in Manhattan, who is made an offer by a wealthy, older man to “keep her” as his mistress. As she wrestles with his proposition, Mistresses from different eras and cultures come to tell their stories and share their points-of-view: Ching, a 14-year-old concubine from 12th century China; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 1500’s; Lulu White, a bordello Madame in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans; and Anais Nin, the famous diarist and infamous sexual adventuress. By the end of the show, Tess has learned so much about these women, about mistresshood, about herself – and has made her decision.


Director: Bronagh Lagan

Musical Director: Caroline Humphris

Producer: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment


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REVIEWS

“..the five women present the five stories well with strong singing voices throughout…”

“..a wholly satisfying cycle of songs…”

“..entertaining, funny and thought provoking..” – PUBLIC REVIEWS 4****

 

“The entire cast create something relatable and evocative in their work, aptly directed by Bronagh Lagan…” – UPCOMING 4****

 

“the rippling, rhapsodic nature of the music, flows almost like water…”

“The five women on stage each deliver credible, harmonious performances…” – MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW