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Black Orpheus

A new musical for Broadway re-telling the enchanted greek love story of Orfeu and Eurydice set against the back drop of a Rio de Janeiro favela during Carnival.  Based on the play Orfeu de Conceição by the great Brazilian poet and playwright Vinícius de Moraes,  the universal themes of faith in love and cheating death are central to the story.  Culturally rich with the music of bossa nova kings Vinícius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the spectacular samba dance of Carnival, the martial art of Capoeira, and the rituals of the Candomblé Afro-Brazilian religion, Black Orpheus became an instant classic and introduced bossa nova music to the world!

The original play premiered at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro in 1956 with the first cast of Afro-Brazilian actors on the premier stage in Brazil.  The production brought together the most talented Brazilian artists of the time.  World renowned architect of the United Nations Secretariat and Brazil’s capital city Brasilia, Oscar Niemeyer, designed the sets.  Antonio Carlos Jobim and Moraes wrote the music along with Luiz Bonfá. The songwriting partners went on to pen famous Brazilian classics like “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado.”  The 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus was an international blockbuster, winning the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Film.

The new musical stage adaptation of Black Orpheus from award-winning producers Stephen C. Byrd, Alia Jones-Harvey and Paula Marie Black will feature a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage and will be directed by multi-Tony® Award Winner George C. Wolfe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS ON TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014

THE ROOT
Leading Black Producers on Broadway Adapt Film Black Orpheus
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/07/leading_black_producers_on_broadway_adapt_film_black_orpheus.html

O GLOBO

Definido diretor da adaptação de ‘Orfeu negro’ para a Broadway
http://oglobo.globo.com/cultura/teatro/definido-diretor-da-adaptacao-de-orfeu-negro-para-broadway-13168256

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
‘Black Orpheus’ film to be adapted for Broadway
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/black-orpheus-film-adapted-broadway-article-1.1857699

LA TIMES
‘Black Orpheus’ to become a Broadway musical
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-black-orpheus-broadway-20140707-story.html?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CultureMonster+(Culture+Monster)

THE TIMES OF INDIA
‘Black Orpheus’ goes to Broadway
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Entertainment/English/Hollywood/News-Interviews/Black-Orpheus-goes-to-Broadway/articleshow/38018384.cms

BUSINESS STANDARD
‘Black Orpheus’ heads to Broadway
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/black-orpheus-heads-to-broadway-114070800965_1.html

NEWS ON MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

VARIETY
‘Black Orpheus’ Musical to Bring Bossa Nova to Broadway
http://variety.com/2014/legit/news/black-orpheus-musical-broadway-1201258656/

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
‘Black Orpheus’ Descending on Broadway
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/black-orpheus-descending-broadway-716981

USA TODAY
Lynn Nottage is adapting ‘Black Orpheus’ for Broadway
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/theater/2014/07/07/black-orpheus-broadway-bound-with-wolfe-nottage/12302833/

DEADLINE
Carnavale Cruise: ‘Black Orpheus’ Will Set Sail From Rio To Broadway
http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/carnavale-cruiseblack-orpheus-will-set-sail-from-rio-to-broadway/

BROADWAY.COM
Lynn Nottage & George C. Wolfe Board Broadway-Aimed Stage Adaptation of Black Orpheus
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/176628/lynn-nottage-george-c-wolfe-board-broadway-aimed-stage-adaptation-of-black-orpheus/

PLAYBILL.COM
Lynn Nottage Will Pen Stage Adaptation of “Black Orpheus”; George C. Wolfe to Direct
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193206-Lynn-Nottage-Will-Pen-Stage-Adaptation-of-Black-Orpheus-George-C-Wolfe-to-Direct?tsrc=nx

BROADWAY WORLD
Musical Stage Adaptation of BLACK ORPHEUS Headed to Broadway; Lynn Nottage to Write Book & George C. Wolfe to Direct
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Musical-Stage-Adaptation-of-BLACK-ORPHEUS-Headed-to-Broadway-Lynn-Nottage-to-Write-Book-George-C-Wolfe-to-Direct-20140707#.U7rxr03Qe70

THEATERMANIA
Lynn Nottage Will Pen Stage Musical Adaptation of Black Orpheus
http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/07-2014/nottage-writes-black-orpheus-musical_69113.html

BAO INFORMACAO
Orfeu do Carnaval, filme com músicas de Tom Jobim, vai virar musical da Broadway.
http://boainformacao.com.br/2014/07/orfeu-do-carnaval-filme-com-musicas-de-tom-jobim-vai-virar-musical-da-broadway/

INDIE WIRE
Lynn Nottage and George C. Wolfe Team Up for Broadway Adaptation of Oscar Winner ‘Black Orpheus’
http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/lynn-nottage-and-george-c-wolfe-team-up-for-broadway-adaptation-of-oscar-winner-black-orpheus-20140707

US NEWS.COM
Oscar-winning ‘Black Orpheus’ to be adapted for Broadway by Lynn Nottage and George C. Wolfe
http://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2014/07/07/film-black-orpheus-to-be-adapted-for-broadway

HOLLYWOOD.COM
Black Orpheus heading to Broadway
http://www.hollywood.com/news/brief/57185326/black-orpheus-heading-to-broadway

CLASSICALITE
‘Black Orpheus’ Eyeing Broadway Premiere with Lynn Nottage, George C. Wolfe Aboard
http://www.classicalite.com/articles/9639/20140707/black-orpheus-broadway-lynn-nottage-george-c-wolfe.htm

NEWSER
Oscar-winning ‘Black Orpheus’ to be adapted for Broadway by Lynn Nottage and George C. Wolfe
http://www.newser.com/article/fef5f04fbd294f2db3861e356d11cf1d/oscar-winning-black-orpheus-to-be-adapted-for-broadway-by-lynn-nottage-and-george-c-wolfe.html

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FOR RELEASE ON MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014

THE WORLD PREMIERE
OF THE MOST FAMOUS
BRAZILIAN LOVE STORY EVER TOLD
ON BROADWAY

“BLACK ORPHEUS”

WILL FEATURE:

BOOK BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
LYNN NOTTAGE

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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