- Kate Raudenbush
- Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Composer/lyricist Adam Guettel will return to the New York stage for a five-night, seven-set residency at 54 Below, starting Tuesday, February 19. The program will include both new songs and favorites from throughout Guettel's career. He will be joined by band leader Kim Grigsby and singers Steven Pasquale and Whitney Bashor. Guettel has released three recordings on Nonesuch Records: The Light in the Piazza, Myths and Hymns, and Floyd Collins.
- Friday, June 22, 2012
Adam Guettel's "Floyd Collins" Opens in New Production from Chicago's BoHo Theatre; "A Masterpiece," Raves Wall Street Journal
A new production of Adam Guettel's critically acclaimed musical Floyd Collins from Chicago's BoHo Theatre company has opened and is earning accolades anew for the piece. "I can't imagine a better revival of a show that makes most of the Broadway musicals of the past decade look like shiny, tawdry junk," exclaims the Wall Street Journal, which calls Floyd Collins "a masterpiece." The Chicago Sun-Times says "the production is utterly enthralling." Also playing in Chicago, at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, is Guettel's 2005 Tony Award-winning musical, The Light in the Piazza.
About Adam Guettel
Called “a composer for the new century” by the Los Angeles Times, Adam Guettel is one of American musical theater's most vibrant new voices, a composer/lyricist who has written some of the more adventurous and admired theater music of the last decade. His latest work, "Saturn Returns: A Concert," premiered in March 1998 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival to resounding critical praise. A song-cycle adapted from classic Greek myths and texts of an early American hymn-book, "Saturn Returns" has been recorded for release on CD by Nonesuch Records, under its original title: "Myths and Hymns."
Guettel was awarded the Stephen Sondheim Award for songwriting distinction from Philadelphia's American Musical Theater Festival in 1990. He composed several one act operas, scores for films, animated films and television, before receiving a commission from AMTF to create his first full-length musical theater work.
"Floyd Collins," written in collaboration with director Tina Landau, received its World Premiere in 1994 at the American Music Theater Festival. Based on a true story about a Kentucky cave explorer and the media circus surrounding his entrapment underground in 1925, the show was redeveloped at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, where it opened triumphantly in 1996, receiving an Obie Award, the Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Musical. The original cast recording was released on Nonesuch Records the following year. A new production of "Floyd Collins," on tour in the United States through June, was mounted jointly by a consortium of major regional theaters, including the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia and the Goodman Theater in Chicago.
Guettel started out in music as a boy soprano soloist at The Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera. He attended Yale University, where his concerto for jazz quartet and orchestra won the Yale Concerto Competition, graduating in 1987. A full-length operatic version of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" followed in 1989, written for Providence’s Trinity Repertory Theater.
He has composed scores for numerous PBS documentaries, including Anthony Edwards' award-winning "Speak Through Walls" and CBS TV's two hour J.F.K. documentary, "Jack." Other recent credits include a collaboration with playwright John Guare for the Acting Company production of "Love's Fire," based on the sonnets of William Shakespeare, and the soundtrack for the feature film "Arguing the World." Four of his songs were featured on singer Audra McDonald's recent debut CD on Nonesuch, "Way Back To
May 24, 2005
Composer Adam Guettel and actress Victoria Clark both won Tony Awards for this elegant, affecting Broadway hit, which also starred Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison. The New York Times called the original cast album “sublime ... the most intensely romantic score of any Broadway musical since West Side Story.”