Book and lyrics by Joanne Sydney Lessner
Music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum
Based on the novel Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. All Rights Reserved.
Music Director Milton Granger
Directed by Cara Reichel
With Brennan Caldwell, Talia Cosentino, Stacia Fernandez, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Michael McCoy, Zal Owen, Tess Primack, Alexandra Silber, and Vishal Vaidya
The year is 1905. A young and uncertain Einstein dares to envision new worlds beyond the limits of classical physics. Drawn deeply into his dreams, he is guided by a mysterious woman – whose elusive identity awakens his full genius.
Based on the bestselling novel by Alan Lightman, this elegant new musical bridges worlds imagined and real, exploring the wonders of human imagination and the romance of knowledge. Through a score rich in lyrical wit and soaring melodies, Einstein’s Dreams unlocks the passionate intellect of one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers.
Funding for this program provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
New York premiere sponsored by The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.
Prospect's 19-20 Season made possible with the generous support of The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
Join us after the performance as the following guests lead a post show conversation:
Friday, November 8 - Professor Brian Greene
Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics is widely recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA mini-series, which he hosted. Professor Greene co-founded the World Science Festival, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Annals of Physics, and the Director of Columbia University's Center for Theoretical Physics.
Friday, December 6 - Alan Lightman
Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT, where he was the first person to have joint faculty positions in both the sciences and the humanities. Lightman has a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology and has received six honorary doctoral degrees. His essays and articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Salon, and many other publications. His six novels include Einstein’s Dreams, an international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of a number of nonfiction books, including Screening Room, a memoir of the South, and The Accidental Universe. His most recent book, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, was the basis for an essay on the PBS Newshour. In 2005, Lightman founded the Harpswell Foundation, whose mission is to advance a new generation of women leaders in Southeast Asia.
Prospect Theater Company (founded in 1998) is dedicated to fostering and showcasing today's new voices shaping tomorrow's musicals. Since 2000, the company has fully produced more than 35 premiere musicals in New York City, in addition to new plays and numerous re-inventions of classic works. Reflecting its investment in the future of the field, Prospect leads a variety of developmental initiatives, including an annual Musical Theater Lab for emerging writers, and the IGNITE Series of concerts.
Read more at: http://www.prospecttheater.org
“The set and projections are beautiful, coupled with some AMAZING PERFORMANCES and make for an indelible night of theater” - TheaterPizzazz
“Cara Reichel’s ultra-imaginative staging (aided immeasurably by David Bengali’s magnificent series of ever-changing projections) and the impressive score by Joanne Sydney Lesser and Joshua Rosenblum, shows off the pair’s consummate skill with everything from heartfelt ballads to quasi-patter songs" - Theater News Online
“People with curious minds will find this show light years ahead of the pack.” - Theater Life
“The musical’s parade of dream sequences is aided by Rosenblum and Lessner’s strings-heavy score, which particularly shines in smartly crafted harmonies and fugues that layer voices to lush effect” - Off Off Online