Set against the lush and jubilant backdrop of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, BLACK ORPHEUS tells a universal story of young love as it unfolds to the rich music of bossa nova kings Vinícius de Moraes and Antônio Carlos Jobim, spectacular samba dance, the martial art of Capoeira, and the rituals of the Candomblé Afro-Brazilian religion. Based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the play Orfeu da Conceição by the great Brazilian poet and playwright Vinícius de Moraes, the 1959 film was an international blockbuster, nominated for a BAFTA and winning the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or and the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Language Film.
Now the cultural phenomenon comes to the stage in a thrilling new musical adaptation, featuring a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, choreography by Tony Award® nominee Camille A. Brown and direction by multi-Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe. BLACK ORPHEUS is a groundbreaking, spirit-shaking celebration of life and a powerful call to live passionately, love deeply and never look back.