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Set just before World War I, Sinclair Lewis’s incendiary novel Elmer Gantry tells a story of old-time religion, illicit romance and revenge.
Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s operatic adaptation is a “marvellous amalgam of toe-tapping accessibility” Opera News full of hymns, gospel songs, marches and dance, evoking the period in a score which echoes Gershwin and Copland.
This all-American production combines a first-rate cast of singers and a world-class orchestra for “an intoxicating experience” The New York Times.
Robert Livingston Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
Act I Scene 1: So she… (Elmer, Men's Chorus, Frank, Bully)
Act I Scene 2: Who's the man among us has not battled for the Lord? (Men's Chorus, Rev. Baines, Elmer, Frank, Eddie, Lulu)
Act I Scene 3: When you hear the truth do you know it? (Elmer, Frank, Lulu)
Act I Scene 4: Vessels of service, great and small (Chorus, Ice Cream Vendor, Revival Worker, Revival Singer, Child, Sharon, Elmer, Keely Family Singers, Lulu, Frank)
Act I Scene 5: And God said, "Build me a tabernacle!" (Sharon, T.J. Rigg, Men's Chorus, Rev. Baines, Elmer)
Act I Scene 6: Sweetheart? Eddie? What are you doing? (Lulu, Eddie)
Act II: Introduction
Act II Scene 1: Knock, knock. Here I am with the goods. (Elmer, Sharon)
Act II Scene 2: Left, left; left, right, left. (Tour Guide, Women's Chorus, Elmer, Sharon, Frank, T.J. Rigg, Eddie, Lulu, Rev. Baines, Mrs. Baines)
Act II Scene 3: Is belief a gift? (Frank)
Act II Scene 4: …600 lightbulbs delivered tomorrow… (Elmer, Lulu, Eddie)
Act II Scene 5: Dear God, look into my heart (Sharon, Elmer)
Act II Scene 6: Oh, Lordy (T.J. Rigg, Worker 1, Worker 2)
Act II Scene 7: Oh! that my nightly watch would cease to be (Chorus, Revival Singer, Sharon, Elmer, Revival Worker, Eddie, Lulu, Mrs. Baines, Rev. Baines, T.J. Rigg)
Epilogue: Dr. Binch. Great pleasure (Elmer, Dr. Binch, Chorus)
13th August 2011
“ It’s tremendous fun — full of lush, old-fashioned melodies, showbizzy orchestration, rip-roaring ensembles and pastiche hymns, spirituals and gospel numbers. Darker and deeper than Lewis’s original, it deserves a European staging. Punchy, characterful singing and feisty playing from the Milwaukee Symphony.”